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Ethoheptazine produces similar effects to other opioids, including analgesia, sedation, dizziness and nausea. It was sold by itself as Zactane, and is still available as a combination product with acetylsalicylic acid and meprobamate as Equagesic, which is used for the treatment of conditions where both pain and anxiety are present.
Its no longer sold in the United States however it may be sold again if the law is changed to remove the drug from the CSD.
- ES Patent 310184
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- Scheiner JJ, Richards DJ. Treatment of musculoskeletal pain and associated anxiety with an ethoheptazine-aspirin-meprobamate combination (equagesic): a controlled study. Current Therapeutic Research, Clinical and Experimental. 1974 Sep;16(9):928-36.
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