Journal of chromatographic science

Determination of tramadol by dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction combined with GC-MS.

PMID 25416733


Dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) has been developed for preconcentration and determination of tramadol, ((±)-cis-2-[(dimethylamino)methyl]-1-(3-methoxyphenyl)cyclohexanol-HCl), in aqueous and biological samples (urine, blood). DLLME is a simple, rapid and efficient method for determination of drugs in aqueous samples. Efficient factors on the DLLME process has defined and optimized for extraction of tramadol including type of extraction and disperser solvents and their volumes, pH of donor phase, time of extraction and ionic strength of donor phase. Based on the results of this study, under optimal conditions and by using 2-nitro phenol as internal standard, tramadol was determined by GC-MS, and the figures of merit of this work were evaluated. The enrichment factor, relative recovery and limit of detection were obtained 420, 99.2% and 0.08 µg L(-1), respectively. The linear range was between 0.26 and 220.00 µg L(-1) (R(2) = 0.9970). The relative standard deviation for 50.00 µg L(-1) of tramadol in aqueous samples by using 2-nitro phenol as IS was 3.6% (n = 7). Finally, the performance of DLLME was evaluated for analysis of tramadol in urine and blood.