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Alphamethadol (INN), or α-methadol, also known as alfametadol, is a synthetic opioid analgesic.[1] It is an isomer of dimepheptanol (methadol), the other being betamethadol (β-methadol).[2] Alphamethadol is composed of two isomers itself, L-α-methadol, and D-α-methadol.[2] The former compound, L-α-methadol, is an important active metabolite of levacetylmethadol (LAAM), an opioid substitute drug that is used clinically. Both of alphamethadol's isomers bind to and activate the μ-opioid receptor and are active as opioid analgesics,[3] similarly to those of alphacetylmethadol (α-acetylmethadol).[4]

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