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J Med Chem. 1985 Sep;28(9):1177-80.

Acylmorphinans. A novel class of potent analgesic agents.


A series of novel 2- and 3-acylmorphinans (8-14) was synthesized in our search for a potent analgesic agent with low addiction potential. The compounds were evaluated for antinociceptive potency and receptor binding affinity. Among these compounds, the levorotatory 3-acetyl-N-(cyclopropylmethyl)morphinan (12) was found to be an orally active analgesic, comparable in potency to morphine (1), yet only weakly able to substitute for morphine (1) in morphine-dependent rats.

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