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Allylprodine

Allylprodine[1] is an opioid analgesic that is an analogue of prodine. It was discovered in by Hoffman-La Roche in 1957 during research into the related drug pethidine. Derivatives were tested to prove the theory that phenolic & non-phenolic opioids bind at different sites of the opiate receptor.

Allylprodine is more potent as an analgesic (23 times morphine) than other similar drugs such as α-prodine, due to the allyl group binding to an additional amino acid target in the binding site on the μ-opioid receptor. It is also stereoselective, with one isomer being much more active.[2][3]

Allylprodine produces similar effects to other opioids, such as analgesia and sedation, along with side effects such as nausea, itching, vomiting and respiratory depression which may be harmful or fatal.


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