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4-Phenylfentanyl is an opioid analgesic that is a derivative of fentanyl. It was developed during the course of research that ultimately resulted in super-potent opioid derivatives such as carfentanil, though it is a substantially less potent analogue. 4-Phenylfentanyl is around 8x the potency of fentanyl in analgesic tests on animals, but more complex 4-heteroaryl derivatives such as substituted thiophenes and thiazoles are more potent still, as they are closer bioisosteres to the 4-carbomethoxy group of carfentanil.
- Kudzma LV, Severnak SA, Benvenga MJ, Ezell EF, Ossipov MH, Knight VV, Rudo FG, Spencer HK, Spaulding TC (December 1989). "4-Phenyl- and 4-heteroaryl-4-anilidopiperidines. A novel class of analgesic and anesthetic agents". Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 32 (12): 2534–42. doi:10.1021/jm00132a007. PMID 2585442.
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