Melarsoprol

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Melarsoprol
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Systematic (IUPAC) name
(2-(4-(4,6-diamino-1,3,5-triazin-2-ylamino)phenyl)-
1,3,2-dithiarsolan-4-yl)methanol
Clinical data
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Pregnancy cat. ?
Legal status ?
Routes IV
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability ?
Metabolism ?
Half-life 35 hours
Excretion Renal
Identifiers
CAS number 494-79-1 N
ATC code P01CD01 QP51AD04
PubChem CID 10311
ChemSpider 9889 YesY
UNII ZF3786Q2E8 YesY
KEGG D00832 YesY
ChEMBL CHEMBL166 YesY
Chemical data
Formula C12H15AsN6OS2 
Mol. mass 398.341 g/mol
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Melarsoprol (INN) is a medicinal drug used in the treatment of East African, (AKA rhodesiense) human African trypanosomiasis.[1] It is also sold under the trade names “Mel B” and “Melarsen Oxide-BAL.”

Melarsoprol is also used in the treatment of trypanosomiasis, such as Chagas disease and West African sleeping sickness, the former caused by Trypanosoma cruzi and the latter by Trypanosoma brucei gambiense.

Side effects[edit]

Being a toxic organic compound of arsenic, melarsoprol is a highly dangerous treatment which is only administered by injection under the supervision of a physician, as it can produce similar effects as arsenic poisoning. Among clinicians, it is colloquially referred to as "Arsenic in antifreeze".[2]

It is known to cause a range of side effects including convulsions, fever, loss of consciousness, rashes, bloody stools, nausea, and vomiting. It causes encephalopathy in 5–10% of cases, of which 40% die.[3]

Alternatives[edit]

Eflornithine is a more modern and far less dangerous treatment for sleeping sickness,[4] but it is expensive, it is not widely available on the market, and most of its supply comes from donations from its manufacturer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bisser S, N'Siesi FX, Lejon V et al. (2007). "Equivalence trial of melarsoprol and nifurtimox monotherapy and combination therapy for the treatment of second-stage Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense sleeping sickness". J. Infect. Dis. 195 (3): 322–9. doi:10.1086/510534. PMID 17205469. 
  2. ^ Hollingham R (2005). "Curing diseases modern medicine has left behind". New Scientist 2005 (2482): 40–41. 
  3. ^ Balasegaram M, Harris S, Checchi F, Ghorashian S, Hamel C, Karunakara U (2006). "Melarsoprol versus eflornithine for treating late-stage Gambian trypanosomiasis in the Republic of the Congo". Bulletin of the World Health Organization 84 (10): 783–791. doi:10.1590/S0042-96862006001000012. PMC 2627491. PMID 17128358. 
  4. ^ Chappuis F, Udayraj N, Stietenroth K, Meussen A, Bovier PA (2005). "Eflornithine is safer than melarsoprol for the treatment of second-stage Trypanosoma brucei gambiense human African trypanosomiasis". Clin. Infect. Dis. 41 (5): 748–751. doi:10.1086/432576. PMID 16080099.