Methedrone

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Not to be confused with methedrine, mephedrone, methadone, or methylone.
Methedrone
4-Methoxymethcathinone.svg
Systematic (IUPAC) name
(RS)-1-(4-Methoxyphenyl)-2-(methylamino)propan-1-one
Clinical data
Legal status
  • I-P(Poland)[1]
Identifiers
CAS number 530-54-1 YesY
ATC code None
PubChem CID 216281
ChemSpider 187475 YesY
Chemical data
Formula C11H15NO2 
Mol. mass 193.242 g/mol
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Methedrone (para-methoxymethcathinone, 4-methoxymethcathinone, bk-PMMA, PMMC, methoxyphedrine) is a recreational drug of the cathinone chemical class.[2] It is sometimes known by the street name meow meow.[3] Chemically, methedrone is closely related to para-methoxymethamphetamine (PMMA), methylone and mephedrone.

Health risks[edit]

The health risks associated with methedrone are mostly unknown, but are expected to be similar to other cathinones.[4] Methedrone was almost immediately withdrawn from sale by initial vendors after reports of adverse health effects.[citation needed] Some amphetamine analogs containing a para-methoxy group are known to cause severe hyperthermia and even death due to concurrent MAOI and monoamine releasing action.[5]

Overdose[edit]

The deaths of two young men in southeast Sweden in 2009 were attributed to methedrone overdose.[6][7] Both were comatose when found. One suffered cardiorespiratory arrest on the way to the hospital, while the second survived for 16 hours in the emergency department.

Legality[edit]

Its sale has been banned in Sweden.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ustawa z dnia 15 kwietnia 2011 r. o zmianie ustawy o przeciwdziałaniu narkomanii ( Dz.U. 2011 nr 105 poz. 614 )". Internetowy System Aktów Prawnych. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cathinone and its analogues (e.g. mephedrone, methedrone, α- pyrrolidinovalerophenone)". World Antidoping Agency. 
  3. ^ "Paul Ross to Take BBC Break After Admitting Drug Use". The Guardian. Press Association. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Prosser JM, Nelson LS (2012). "The toxicology of bath salts: a review of synthetic cathinones". J Med Toxicol 8 (1): 33–42. doi:10.1007/s13181-011-0193-z. PMID 22108839. 
  5. ^ Becker J, Neis P, Rohrich J, Zorntlein S (2003). "A fatal paramethoxymethamphetamine intoxication". Legal Medicine (Tokyo) 5 (Suppl 1): S138–41. PMID 12935573. 
  6. ^ Wikström M, Thelander G, Nyström I, Kronstrand R. (2010). "Two fatal intoxications with the new designer drug methedrone (4-methoxymethcathinone)". J Anal Toxicol 34 (9): 594–598. PMID 21073814. 
  7. ^ "Two die of legal drug overdose". The Local. October 14, 2009.