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United States Patent 3,678,156
MacMillan ,   et al. July 18, 1972



Antiperspirant composition for topical application to animal tissue comprising an astringent metal salt and from 0.1 to 10 percent by weight of a higher (C.sub.8 - C.sub.12) aliphatic sulfoxide, said composition having enhanced penetration of the antiperspirant through keratinized epiphelial tissue.

Inventors: MacMillan; Francis S. Kilmer (Cincinnati, OH), Lyness; Warren I. (Cincinnati, OH)
Assignee: The Proctor & Gamble Company (Cincinnati, OH)
Appl. No.: 05/048,655
Filed: May 15, 1970

Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application NumberFiling DatePatent NumberIssue Date
595437Nov., 19663527864
344195Feb., 1964

Current U.S. Class: 424/68 ; 424/59; 424/65; 424/66; 424/685; 514/169; 514/183; 514/188; 514/291
Current International Class: A61K 47/20 (20060101); A61k 007/00 (); A61k 027/10 ()
Field of Search: 424/68,337

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents
3551554 December 1970 Herschler
3548052 December 1970 Koh
3527864 September 1970 MacMillan et al.
3499961 March 1970 Dobson et al.
3355494 November 1967 Lyness et al.
3290254 December 1966 Anderson
3288858 November 1966 Lyness et al.
3243463 March 1966 Doering
3232879 February 1966 Lew
Primary Examiner: Rose; Shep K.

Parent Case Text

This application is a division of application, Ser. No. 595,437, now U. S. Pat. No. 3,527,864, which in turn is a continuation-in-part of application, Ser. No. 344,195, filed Feb. 12, 1964, now abandoned.

What is claimed is:

1. An antiperspirant composition comprising from about 5 percent to about 50 percent of an astringent metal salt and from about 0.1 percent to about 10 percent of an aliphatic sulfoxide of the formula RSOR' wherein R is an alkyl, group containing from eight to 12 carbon atoms and R' is a low molecular weight alkyl or hydroxy-substituted alkyl group, in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

2. The composition of claim 1 wherein the astringent metal salt is aluminum chlorohydrate.

3. The composition of claim 1 wherein the aliphatic sulfoxide is selected from the group consisting of octyl methyl sulfoxide, nonyl methyl sulfoxide, decyl methyl sulfoxide, undecyl methyl sulfoxide, dodecyl methyl sulfoxide, 2-hydroxydecyl methyl sulfoxide, 2-hydroxyundecyl methyl sulfoxide and 2-hydroxydodecyl methyl sulfoxide.

This invention relates to compositions for topical application to animal (this term as used herein includes both humans and lower animals) tissue and a method for enhancing the penetration of various substances through such tissue. More particularly, it relates to improved compositions for topical application and a method for enhancing the penetration of pharmacologically active substances through keratinized epithelial tissue.

The epidermal barrier to percutaneous absortition, i.e., the stratum corneum, is a nearly impermeable heterogenous animal tissue of which keratin is a major component. This tissue is found in animal skin, tongue, gingiva, esophagus, and vagina.

A wide variety of pharmacologically active substances are desirably applied topically to keratinized epithelial tissue for essentially local effect. It is known that various surface-active compounds improve the activity of such substances, apparently by enhancing the penetration of same through skin. For example, British Pat. No. 940,279, published Oct. 30, 1963, discloses that the presence of a surfactant in antiperspirant compositions based on anticholinergic agents appears to increase antiperspirant activity by providing more efficient absorption of the active agents at the site of application. It has been found, however, that many surface-active compounds enhance the permeability by actually damaging the barrier tissue. Indeed, the degree of penetration enhancement appears in some cases to be proportional to the extent of tissue damage. In any event, only slight to moderate enhancement of penetration is effected with the surface-active agents heretofore employed for this purpose in the prior art.

Certain organic solvents also serve to enhance penetration of substances through the epidermal barrier. For example, dimethylsulfoxide (D.M.S.O.) and homologous low molecular weight sulfoxides, when used in solvent concentrations, e.g., 50 percent or more, will enhance penetration of various substances. However, such compounds are systemically distributed in a very short time and can cause undesirable symptoms.

The desirability of enhancing the localized effects of such pharmacologically active substances as anesthetics, antimicrobial and antibiotic substances without adverse effects on the skin and with minimal general systemic involvement is readily apparent.

It is, therefore, an object of this invention to provide improved compositions for topical application to keratinized epithelial tissue and a method for enhancing the penetration of pharmacologically active substances through such tissue.

It is a further object of this invention to provide a method of enhancing the penetration of pharmacologically active substances through keratinized epithelial tissue without damaging said tissue or causing adverse systemic effects.

These and other objects are attained through a composition for topical application to animal tissue comprising a safe and effective amount of a pharmacologically active substance and from about 0.1 percent to about 10 percent of an aliphatic sulfoxide of the formula RSOR' wherein R is an alkyl, substituted alkyl, alkenyl or hetero group containing from eight to 12 carbon atoms and R' is a low molecular weight alkyl or hydroxy-substituted alkyl group, in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

By the term "pharmacologically active substance" as used herein is meant any chemical element or compound suitable for topical administration which induces any desired local transitory effect on living structures contacted therewith (sometimes referred to hereinafter as "penetrant"). Such substances include for example, anticholinergics, antimicrobials, antibiotics, antihistamines, local anesthetics, steroids, sunscreens, elemental sulfur and various metal ions such as aluminum, iron and zinc.

The "enhanced penetration" effected through the use of sulfoxides in accordance with this invention can be observed by measuring the rate of diffusion of pharmacologically active substances through guinea pig skin using the diffusion cell apparatus depicted in the FIGURE as will be fully described hereinafter.

The sulfoxides which serve to enhance penetration in the compositions of this invention as hereinbefore stated have the formula RSOR' wherein R is a straight chain or branched chain alkyl, alkenyl, substituted alkyl or hetero group containing from eight to 12 carbon atoms and R' is a low molecular weight alkyl or hydroxy-substituted group such as methyl, ethyl, propyl, .beta.-hydroxyethyl, or hydroxy-isopropyl.

If R contains less than eight carbon atoms, substantially higher concentrations than the 10 percent maximum concentration specified herein must be employed to enhance penetration. For example, hexyl methyl sulfoxide must be used at a concentration of about 30 percent or more to significantly enhance penetration. The lower homologues must be used at solvent concentrations, e.g., 50 percent or more to accomplish this purpose. At these concentrations these lower sulfoxides (below C.sub.8 ) can produce undesired systemic effects.

If R contains more than 12 carbon atoms the sulfoxide will not be soluble enough to provide the desired degree of penetration enhancement.

Substituted alkyl groups referred to in the foregoing definition of R in the one case includes hydroxyalkyl, lower alkoxyalkyl (e.g. methoxy) and ketoalkyl for example. Hetero groups include oxaalkyl, thiaalkyl, and azaalkyl for example.

The preferred sulfoxides for the purposes of this invention are the dialkyl sulfoxides wherein R is an alkyl or hydroxy-substituted alkyl group containing from eight to 12 carbon atoms and R' is methyl, ethyl or propyl. SO in the above general formula is a representation of the sulfoxide group which is alternately expressed as S.fwdarw.O, S = 0, or S - 0. Examples of R include octyl, nonyl, decyl, undecyl, dodecyl, 3-decenyl, 2-dodecenyl, 3-undecenyl, 3-octenyl, 2-ketooctyl, 2-ketodecyl, 2-ketoundecyl, 2-ketododecyl, 2-hydroxyoctyl, 2-hydroxydecyl, 2-hydroxyundecyl, 2-hydroxydodecyl, 3-hydroxy-undecyl, 3-methoxyundecyl, 2-methoxydodecyl, 3,6-dioxadodecyl, 2-ethylhexyl, and branched chain nonyl and dodecyl resulting from polymerization of three and four moles of propylene respectively.

Especially preferred dialkyl sulfoxides for the purpose of this invention are octyl methyl sulfoxide, nonyl methyl sulfoxide, decyl methyl sulfoxide, undecyl methyl sulfoxide, dodecyl methyl sulfoxide, 2-hydroxydecyl methyl sulfoxide, 2-hydroxyundecyl methyl sulfoxide and 2-hydroxydodecyl methyl sulfoxide.

The sulfoxide compounds disclosed herein can be used singly or in combination for the purpose of this invention. These compounds are readily obtainable by well known methods, For example, most can be prepared by the conventional method of first preparing the corresponding thioether and then oxidizing to the sulfoxide. The methods of carrying out these steps have recently been reviewed by A. Schoberl and A. Wagner [Methoden Organischen Chemie (Houben-Weyl), fourth Ed., Georg Thieme Verlog, Stuttgart, Vol. IX, pp. 97-143, 211-218 (1955)]. Further methods for preparing sulfoxide compounds are disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 3,288,858; 3,288,859; and 3,288,860, granted Nov. 29, 1966.

The concentration of sulfoxide employed employed herein can range from about 0.1 percent to about 10.0 percent by weight. If concentrations less than about 0.1 percent are used the degree of penetration enhancement attained, especially with the lower chain length sulfoxides (e.g., octyl methyl sulfoxide), is not appreciable. If concentrations greater than about 10.0 percent are employed, solubility problems may be encountered with the higher chain length sulfoxides (e.g., dodecyl isopropyl sulfoxide) and no substantial improvement is seen. Preferably, the concentration of sulfoxide will range from about 1 to 8 percent by weight of the total composition.

The activity of the sulfoxides of this invention in enhancing skin penetration was shown by measuring the diffusion of various substances through guinea pig skin using the continuous flow apparatus set forth in the FIGURE. This apparatus is constructed so that an inner cylindrical chamber 1 can be mounted within a larger outer cylindrical chamber 2 and sealed thereon with set screws 3 such that water of constant temperature can be introduced into the space between said inner and outer cylindrical chambers, through inlet 4 and flow around the inner cylindrical chamber 1 and out the constant temperature water outlet 5. The test solution 8 is placed in the inner chamber 1 in contact with a freshly sectioned piece of guinea pig skin 9 affixed to the bottom of said inner chamber and resting upon a stainless steel screen support 11 and sealed to base chamber 13 with a neoprene ring 10. Ringer's solution as hereinafter defined is introduced into the base chamber 13 through an inlet 14 with a syringe infusion pump 6. A magnetic stirring bar 12 agitates the Ringer's solution in the base chamber 13 which is in contact with the guinea pig skin 9. The effluent Ringer's solution is collected at an outlet tube 15 and analyzed at intervals for penetrants which have diffused through the guinea pig skin from the test solution.

The diffusion cell allows for a precise rate of flow of a solution under the skin (Krebs-Henseleit mammalian Ringer solution) and subsequent collection of samples for any predetermined period of time. The distinctive features of this method relative to other methods described in the art are the very small volume of the collecting chamber (to minimize dilution of the diffusate) and the variable flow rate which allows collections of samples at intervals commensurate with the specific activity of the penetrant system, the rate of diffusion, and changes which occur in the diffusion process.

Young adult guinea pigs were prepared by clipping the hair from their abdomens. The abdominal skin was excised, the subcutaneous fat was removed, and the skin placed in the diffusion cell. In every experiment the abdominal skin was cut bilaterally and each half used for one diffusion cell.

Diffusion studies were conducted with the diffusion cell of the FIGURE by placing 1 ml. of various concentrations of the penetrant in aqueous solution (at pH 7, unbuffered unless otherwise noted) on the skin 9 after it was mounted on the inner chamber 1. The area of skin exposed to the test solution 8 was 2.83 cm.sup.2. Penetration was monitored by radiochemical analysis over a 20 hour period to determine the shape of the diffusion curve and the steady state rate of penetration. Liquid scintillation counting was employed using the Packard Tricarb Scintillation Spectrometer, Model 4322.

Permeability constants were calculated by methods similar to those employed by Treherne, J. E., Cutaneous Barriers, J. Invest. Derm., 45:249, 1965, as follows:

In the steady state, the rate of diffusion is as follows:

dQ/dt = P = Co .times. A

(rate = permeability constant x concentration applied to the skin (.mu. moles)

Q = the amount of material which has penetrated the skin (.mu. moles)

P = the permeability constant (cm/min.)

Co = concentration applied to the skin (.mu. moles/cm.sup.3)

(The concentration in the base chamber 13 below the skin is considered to be zero since new solution is constantly being flowed over the surface.)

A = area of skin studied (cm.sup.2)

dQ/dt = rate of penetration (.mu. moles/min.) from the slope of the accumulative curve which expresses the amount which has penetrated with respect to time.

In Table 1 below, the permeability constants of a 0.369 percent aqueous solution of nicotinic acid (a representative penetrant) in the presence of varying concentrations of representative sulfoxides are set forth. The permeability constant of nicotinic acid in conjunction with the specified sulfoxides is divided by the average permeability constant of a control solution of the same concentration of nicotinic acid without sulfoxide (i.e. 1.23 .times. 10.sup..sup.-6 ), to obtain the approximate amplification of penetration attributable to the sulfoxides.


Permeability Approx. Am- Conc. % constant plification Sulfoxide by weight cm/min. .times.10.sup.116 6 over control* __________________________________________________________________________ Octyl methyl sulfoxide 5.0 5.0 4 Decyl methyl sulfoxide 1.0 31.4* * 25 Decyl methyl sulfoxide 2.0 63.0* 51 Decyl methyl sulfoxide 4.0 199.1* 161 Decyl methyl sulfoxide 5.0 225.0 183 Decyl methyl sulfoxide 8.0 290.0 236 Dodecyl methyl sulfoxide 0.7 15.1 12 Dodecyl methyl sulfoxide 1.0 20.0 16 Dodecyl methyl sulfoxide 9.3 45.0 36 __________________________________________________________________________

As can be seen from the above table, the penetration of nicotinic acid, a pharmacologically active substance (Vasodilator), through guinea pig skin is substantially enhanced in the presence of the various sulfoxides.

The concentration of nicotinic acid employed in compositions for topical application should be sufficient to provide the desired degree of vasodilation, preferably from about 0.01 percent to about 10 percent by weight.

Various other pharmacologically active substances were tested for penetration of guinea pig skin in the above-described manner and the values obtained are set forth in Table 2 below. The sulfoxide employed in each case was decyl methyl sulfoxide in aqueous solution at a concentration of 4.0 percent by weight.


Permeability Approx. Am- Conc. % constant plification Penetrant by Weight cm/min..times.10.sup.116 6 over control __________________________________________________________________________ Glycine .225 80.3 28 Alanine .267 33.0 8 Lysine .438 289.0 11 Valine .351 20.0 7 Glutamine .438 8.0 267 Glutamic acid .441 1.4 3 Norleucine .393 218.0 109 Methionine .447 245.0 100 __________________________________________________________________________

It can be seen that the penetration through guinea pig skin of the various amino acids tested is markedly enhanced by a representative sulfoxide.

The enhancement of tissue penetration effected by the sulfoxides is also observed with a variety of other pharmacologically active substances as can be seen by permeability constant determinations as described above or by measuring the degree of physiological response of a given concentration of active substance with and without a sulfoxide. Penetration of metal ions can also be determined by staining sections of guinea pig skin which has been treated with solutions of said ions, with and without sulfoxide and microscopically examining the treated tissue or by X-ray fluorescence to obtain a semiquantitative measure of the respective degrees of penetration.

Normally, the stratum corneum is almost completely impervious to metal ions. Such penetration may occur into the most superficial layers from a simple aqueous solution but never exceeds the first three layers. When sulfoxides are added to such solutions in accordance with this invention, substantial concentrations of metal ions can be detected throughout the entire stratum corneum. Tests for metal ion penetration were undertaken in the following manner;

Test solutions were applied under closed patches to either the backs or abdomens of wax-depilitated guinea pigs 6 to 9 days after depilitation. The patches were retained from 1-4 hours after which the animals were sacrificed and skin biopsies taken. In some instances the test solutions were swabbed on the back with cotton and dried in a stream of air. In order to determine the duration the metal was retained in the skin, animals were sacrificed over a 2 week period following either type of application. Zinc was detected by a dithizone method on fresh cryostat cut sections. Iron was visualized by Perl's Prussian blue method on neutral formalin-fixed tissues. Aluminum was visualized by the aluminon method. Semi-quantitative data on the amount of metal in the tissue were obtained by analyzing separated epidermal sheets by X-ray fluorescence.

Zinc acetate (50 mM) and ferric chloride (50 mM) were each dissolved in 0.1 M decylmethyl sulfoxide and applied under a closed patch for 4 hours. The X-ray fluorescence data are given in Table 3 below. These astringent salts are effective antiperspirants in combination with the aforesaid sulfoxide in these compositions.


Retention of Metal Salts

Day After Zinc Concentration, Iron Concentration Application .mu.g/q Dry Epidermis .mu.g/g Dry Epidermis __________________________________________________________________________ Control 80 70 (no application) 1 3200 2300 3 1400 500 7 430 100 __________________________________________________________________________

Compositions in accordance with this invention can be formulated with a wide variety of dermatologically acceptable ingredients or bases and in a number of physical forms. For example, such compositions may be in liquid or cream form and may be either aqueous emulsions or dispersions. Desirably, the active ingredients are uniformly dispersed in a water dispersible, dermatologically acceptable vehicle. Such a vehicle is non-toxic and is compatible with animal tissue, and does not prevent absorption of the active ingredients by these tissues. Such vehicles are well known in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic fields and their choice is not critical to the efficacy of the pharmacologically active substance and the sulfoxide penetration enhancing agent as long as they are water miscible. Examples of water dispersible dermatologically acceptable vehicles are water; water-soluble alcohols (monohydric and polyhydric alcohols -- particularly lower alcohols C.sub.1 -C.sub.8 -- e.g., ethanol, propanol, glycerol, sorbitol, 2-methoxyethanol, diethyleneglycol, monomethyl or diethyl ether, ethylene glycol, hexyleneglycol, mannitol, propylene glycol); polyethylene glycols and methoxypolyoxyethylenes (carbowaxes having molecular weight ranging from 200 to 20,000); glyceryl monolaurate, monopalmitate or monostearate; polyoxyethylene glycerols; polyoxyethylene sorbitols; and glucose. When alcohols or their derivatives are used, some water is preferably included since such materials are usually hydroscopic.

Although the vehicle is preferably water miscible as stated above, petroleum based ointments and the like can also be used. For example, such substances as mineral oil, petroleum jelly, stearoyl diacetin, lanolin, paraffin and beeswax. Although they may tend to slow absorption they can be used, especially if there is sufficient water-dispersible vehicle present to provide a medium for absorption by animal tissue. Emulsification of such substances also provides a means for their use. Oil-in-water emulsions such as cold cream bases can also be used.

An example of a cold cream contains: 13 percent stearic acid, 2 percent glyceryl monostearate, 5 percent olive oil, 0.5 percent potassium hydroxide and 73.5 percent water.

Since the compositions of this invention are to be topically applied to animal tissue, they should be formulated so that they have a pH in aqueous solution of not less than about 3.5 nor more than about 10.0. Irritation can be encountered at pH's lower than about 3.5 and the stability of various ingredients can be adversely affected at pH's higher than about 10.0.

The usual buffering materials can be used to adjust the pH to the desired range. Examples of such buffers are: glycine, citric acid, disodium hydrogen phosphate, potassium hydrogen tartrate, potassium hydrogen pthalate, and sodium hydrogen succinate.

A preferred embodiment of this invention is an antiperspirant composition containing a sulfoxide and an antiperspirant ingredient uniformly dispersed in a dermatologically acceptable vehicle as hereinbefore described. The antiperspirant ingredient of such compositions can be an astringent salt such as the aluminum and zirconium salts as disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 2,814,585; 2,854,382; and 2,906,668. Such salts comprise in combination an aqueous solution of a zirconium or hafnium salt of a strong monobasic mineral acid and a basic aluminum compound. However, the aluminum salts of strong acids, especially the chloride and sulfate, are also useful. Aluminum chlorhydrate, for example, can be used to advantage in the compositions of this invention.

It is has been found that safe and extremely effective antiperspirant compositions based on various anticholinergic compounds can also be prepared. Numerous operable anticholinergic compounds are disclosed at length in British Pat. No. 940,279 and by MacMillan et al. in J. Invest. Derm. 43:363 (1964) (both incorporated herein by reference). Preferred anticholinergics for the purpose of this invention are the scopolamine esters set forth in the aforesaid publication. Especially preferred anticholinergic compounds are the paraalkoxybenzoyl esters of scopolamine. These compounds and a method for preparing same are disclosed by MacMillan in copending U.S. Pat. application Ser. No. 379,023, filed June 29, 1964.

The anticholinergic compounds of especial utility in the compositions of this invention include the free base and acid salt forms of a compound having the general formula: ##SPC1##

wherein C - R is selected from the group consisting of a straight chain acyl group, a branched chain acyl group, an aromatic acyl group and acyclic acyl group, containing from four to about 12 carbon atoms.

Specific examples of the C.sub.4 -C.sub.12 scopolamine esters that are especially useful as active antiperspirants according to this invention are:

trimethylacetyl scopolamine hydrochloride (pivaloyl scopolamine hydrochloride)

2-ethylbutyryl scopolamine hydrobromide

2-ethyl-3-methylbutyryl scopolamine hydrobromide

n-butyryl scopolamine hydrobromide

n-valeryl-scopolamine hydrobromide

isovaleryl scopolamine hydrobromide

isopropylacetyl scopolamine hydrobromide

4-methylpentanoyl scopolamine hydrobromide

benzoyl scopolamine hydrobromide

2,4-dichlorobenzoyl scopolamine hydrobromide

cyclopentylpropionyl scopolamine hydrobromide

cyclohexylpropionyl scopolamine hydrobromide

naphthoyl scopolamine

n-hexanoyl scopolamine hydrobromide

n-heptanoyl scopolamine hydrobromide

n-octanoyl scopolamine hydrobromide

n-nonanoyl scopolamine hydrobromide

n-decanoyl scopolamine hydrobromide

The above mentioned C.sub.4 - C.sub.12 scopolamine esters can be prepared by any convenient well known method. Especially good preparative methods are described in U.S. Pat. No. 2,814,623.

Other less active anticholinergic compounds such as scopolammonium N-methyl bromide, trimethyl acetyl scopolamine methyl bromide, trimethylacetyl atropine hydrobromide, or benzoyl atropine hydrobromide can also be used to advantage in the present compositions due to the improved activity achieved by enhanced penetration.

If astringent salts are used as the antiperspirant agent in the compositions of this invention the concentration of this component should range from about 5 percent to about 50 percent. Preferably the concentrations of this pharmacologically active substance is from about 10 percent to about 30 percent. In general substantially greater antiperspirant effect is realized by a given concentration of astringent salt in compositions in accordance with this invention than is otherwise attainable.

If anticholinergic agents are used as the active ingredient in the antiperspirant embodiments, this component comprises from about 0.001 percent to about 0.25 percent by weight. Preferably, this pharmacologically active substance is used in concentrations ranging from 0.005 to 0.2 percent.

The method used to test the effectiveness of the antiperspirant compositions prepared according to this invention and other compositions with which they were compared is the "forearm" method, on human subjects.

The "forearm" test is primarily a qualitative test to determine whether a given composition has antiperspirant activity. However, with practice, grades can be readily given for visual results, as described below, to evaluate effectiveness. Grades are assigned from 0 (no antiperspirant effect) to 4 (complete perspiration inhibition), and 4+ (complete perspiration inhibition spreading beyond the treated area) with 3 being about 90 percent inhibition, 2 about 60 percent and 1 about 30 percent. In the "forearm" test, a given area of the forearm is treated three times with the composition to be tested over a period of 10 minutes, permitting the composition to dry each time. After 4 or 5 hours, the arm is washed and dried. A 11/2percent solution of iodine in ethanol is then painted over the area and allowed to dry. A slurry of starch and castor oil is then placed over the area and the subjects sits in a room at 100.degree. F. for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the subject. Any perspiration emitted permits iodine to react with the starch to give a visual indication (a blue-black color) of perspiration. To determine the length of effectiveness, the test can be repeated, with no re-application of the antiperspirant composition, after 48, 72, and 96 hours or more.


The following compounds were compared using the forearm method. The anticholinergic compounds were in a 1 percent solution of the dialkyl sulfoxide at a concentration of 0.025 or 0.05 percent having a pH of approximately 4. The compounds were tested on the same eight male subjects, each, at the end of 5, 24, and 48 hours.

Compound Average Grade (8 subjects) 5 Hrs. 24 Hrs. 48 Hrs. __________________________________________________________________________ 0.05% scopolamine hydrobromide in water 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.05% scopolamine hydrobromide in 1% 2-hydroxyundecyl methyl sulfoxide 0.5 0.9 0.0 0.025% n-butyryl scopolamine hydrobromide in water 2.5 2.4 1.1 0.025% n-butyryl scopolamine hydrobromide in 1% 2-hydroxy- undecyl methyl sulfoxide 3.5 4.0 + 2.0 __________________________________________________________________________

This comparison between representative scopolamine compounds with and without 2-hydroxyundecyl methyl sulfoxide establishes improved antiperspirant efficacy in the presence of the dialkyl sulfoxide. None of the compositions tested damaged the skin of the test subjects or caused systemic effects.

Antiperspirant embodiments of this invention are illustrated by the several formulations noted above as well as by the following example.


Antiperspirant compositions having a pH of approximately 4 were formulated by combining the following ingredients.

(A) n-butyryl scopolamine hydrobromide 0.025% 2-hydroxyundecyl methyl sulfoxide 1,000% water 98.975% (B) n-butyryl scopolamine hydrobromide 0.025% water 99.975 (C) n-butyryl scopolamine hydrobromide 0.025% cetyl trimethylammonium bromide 1.000 water 98.975% (D) n-butyryl scopolamine hydrobromide 0.025% sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate 1.000% water 98.975%

The preceding compositions were tested for antiperspirant efficacy by the previously described "forearm" method with the grading readings on eight subjects taken 24 hours after application.

Composition A was prepared according to the present invention. That is, it contained an anticholinergic scopolamine ester and as an enhancing agent, a dialkyl sulfoxide within the range previously described as being essential. This composition produced a 100 percent reduction in 24 hours, while Composition B containing only the anticholinergic scopolamine ester in an aqueous solution reduced perspiration by only 60 percent. Compositions C and D containing a cationic and anionic surfactant respectively resulted in no improvement whatsoever; specifically Composition C reduced sweating by 55 percent and Composition D was even less effective with a level of about 30 percent reduction in sweating.

Nonyl methyl sulfoxide, decyl methyl sulfoxide, undecyl methyl sulfoxide or dodecyl methyl sulfoxide can be used instead of the .beta.-hydroxyundecyl methyl sulfoxide in Composition A with substantially equal results. Moreover, trimethylacetyl scopolamine hydrochloride and benzoyl scopolamine hydrobromide can be used in place of the n-butyryl scopolamine hydrobromide in the compositions presented in this example. No skin damage or systemic effects were observed in the test subjects.

An antiperspirant composition based on astringent salts is formulated as follows:


Percent by Weight Decyl methyl sulfoxide 5.0 Aluminum chlorhydrate 7.5 Zirconyl hydroxy chloride 4.6 Glycine 2.0 Glycerin 3.0 Titanium dioxide 0.1 Glycerol monostearate 10.0 Spermaceti 2.0 Butyl myristate 4.0 Behenic acid 5.0 Perfume 0.2 Dye, distilled water Balance pH 4.5

when applied to human axillae, this composition substantially reduces the volume of perspiration and is more effective in this regard than a composition formulated as above but without decyl methyl sulfoxide. Moreover the enhanced penetration of the astringent salts is effected without damage to skin or systemic distribution of these salts.

A variety of compositions for topical application to animal tissue in accordance with this invention are set forth in the following examples.


A topical local anesthetic is formulated as follows:

Percent By Weight Procaine Hydrochloride 6.0 Nonyl methyl sulfoxide 5.0 Water Balance pH 6.5

the above composition when applied to keratinized epithelial tissue produces a local anesthetic effect shortly after application. Nupercaine or pontocaine can be used in place of procaine in this composition, at a 2 percent concentration with similar effect.

The concentration of this pharmacologically active substance can be varied depending on the degree of anesthesia desired and the relative activity of the anesthetic chosen. Ordinarily this component will be used in a concentration of from 0.5 to 10 percent.


A medicated face cream in accordance with this invention is formulated as follows:

Percent By Weight Decyl methyl sulfoxide 4.5 3,5,4'-tribromosalicylanilide 2.0 Mineral Oil 33.6 Petrolatum 25.0 Stearyl Alcohol 25.0 Lanolin 2.0 Emulsifier 5.0 Ethylene Glycol 1.5 Distilled Water 0.5 Ti0.sub.2 0.7 Perfume 0.2

When applied to the face in accordance with ordinary practice, this composition provides greater control over acne and various other infections of the skin than a similar formulation without sulfoxide.

The decyl methyl sulfoxide employed in this composition can be replaced with octyl hydroxy-isopropyl sulfoxide, nonyl ethyl sulfoxide, or dodecyl methyl sulfoxide with essentially equivalent results. Similarly the penetration of a wide variety of antibacterial agents is enhanced by the sulfoxides such that 3,5,4'-tribromosalicylanilide can be replaced by bis(3,5,6-trichloro-2-hydroxyphenyl)methane, bis(3,5-dichloro-2-hydroxyphenyl)sulfide, 3-trifluoromethyl-4,4'-dichloro-carbanilide, or mixtures thereof with good results. A number of antibacterial agents are described in U.S. Pat. No. 3,281,366, Judge et al.

Ordinarily the antibacterial component of compositions of this invention is employed at concentrations ranging from about 0.1 to 10 percent, preferably 1 to 5 percent.


A suntan oil in accordance with this invention is prepared as follows:

Percent By Weight Dodecyl methyl sulfoxide 1.0 2-ethyl hexyl salicylate 5.0 Sesame Oil 40.0 Mineral Oil 50.0 Perfume, Color and antioxidant Balance

The efficacy of the sunscreen 2-ethyl hexyl salicylate is enhanced by virtue of the presence of the sulfoxide, as is seen when the efficacy of a similarly formulated product without sulfoxide is compared thereto.

Penetration of diverse sunscreens into the skin through conjoint application with sulfoxides in accordance with this invention can be demonstrated. Thus, 2-ethylhexyl salicylate employed in this example can be replaced by dipropyleneglycol salicylate, monoglyceryl p-aminobenzoate, digalloyl trioleate, menthylanthranilate and mixtures of these sunscreens with improved results.


An antibiotic mouthwash prepared in accordance with this invention is formulated as follows:

Percent By Weight Nonyl methyl sulfoxide 0.2 Gramicidin .006 Spearmint Oil 0.05 Menthol .05 Cinnamon Oil .01 Coloring .001 Saccharin sodium 0.15 Ethyl Alcohol 25.0 Water Balance

The efficacy of the antibiotic component in the treatment of local infection in the oral cavity is substantially improved by virtue of the sulfoxide content of said composition.

The penetration of other antibiotic substances through gingival tissue is also enhanced by sulfoxides. For example, penicillin, aureomycin, or tetracycline can be used in place of gramicidin in the above formulation to realize the benefits of this invention. This composition should be diluted with three to four parts of water before use.


An antidandruff shampoo composition containing an antifungal agent in conjunction with a sulfoxide as essential components is formulated as follows:

Percent By Weight .beta.-hydroxyundecyl methyl sulfoxide 7.5 Zinc 2-pyridinethiol-1-oxide 2.0 Sodium coconut alkyl glyceryl ether sulfonate (about 23% diglyceryl and the balance substantially monoglyceryl). 25.0 Sodium tallow alkyl glyceryl ether sulfonate (about 23% diglyceryl and the balance substantially monoglyceryl; the tallow alkyls correspond to those of substantially saturated tallow alcohols and contain approximately 2% C.sub.14, 32% C.sub.16, and 66% C.sub.18). 3.0 Sodium chloride 6.7 Sodium sulfate 3.3 Sodium N-lauroyl sarcosinate 3.8 N-coconut acyl sarcosine 1.2 Diethanol amide of coconut fatty acids 2.0 Acetylated lanolin 1.0 Perfume 0.4 Color 0.04 Water Balance

This composition provides an effective means for treatment of dandruff when used in the conventional manner. The activity of other antidandruff agents can be improved by the presence of the sulfoxide in this formulation. Thus, selenium disulfide or sulfur can be used in place of zinc 2-pyridinethiol-1-oxide in this example.


A typical steroid-containing composition embodying this invention is formulated as follows:

Hydrocortisone acetate 9.0 g. Decyl methyl sulfoxide 10.0 g. Methylparaben 0.25 g. Propylparaben 0.15 g. Propylene glycol 120.0 g. Stearyl alcohol 250.0 g. White petrolatum 250.0 g. Distilled H.sub.2 0

when topically applied to keratinized epithelial tissue this ointment provides greater penetration of hydrocortisone acetate than can be achieved with the identical composition without the sulfoxide.


A composition identical to that set forth in Example IX is prepared but replacing the hydrocortisone acetate with 21 g. of methapyrilene hydrochloride, a typical antihistamine. This composition is highly effective in treating allergic reactions.

The foregoing description of the invention has been presented describing certain operable and preferred embodiments. It is not intended that the invention should be so limited since variations and modifications thereof will be obvious to those skilled in the art, all of which are within the spirit and scope of this invention. Further, the range of concentrations of the pharmacologically active substances shown in the examples is not to be construed as the operable range since the effective amount of these substances will vary throughout a wide range and is contingent on the activity of the substance per se and the nature of the composition. In any case, the determination of amounts is within the skill of the ordinary physician. The amount employed will in all cases be the amount required to produce the desired response safely. The concentration ranges specified herein for various pharmacologically active substances reveal that this component can comprise as little as 0.001 percent by weight and as much as 50 percent by weight of the total composition. Percentages referred to in the foregoing specification and the following claims refer to weight percentages of the total composition unless otherwise specified.

It should be noted that the compositions and method of this invention find utility in veterinary medicine as well as in human applications.

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