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Systematic (IUPAC) name
Clinical data
AHFS/Drugs.com International Drug Names
Legal status
  • Prescription only
Routes Oral
Pharmacokinetic data
Half-life 2-2.5 hours
CAS number 25905-77-5 YesY
ATC code N06AX07
PubChem CID 4199
ChemSpider 4054 N
KEGG D05039 YesY
Chemical data
Formula C17H22N4O 
Molecular mass 298.383 g/mol
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Minaprine (Brantur, Cantor) is an antidepressant that was used in France for the treatment of depression until it was withdrawn from the market in 1996 because it caused convulsions.[1]

A study found that it acts as a reversible inhibitor of MAO-A (RIMA) in rats.[2] In a study it has also been found to weakly inhibit acetylcholinesterase in rat brain (striatum) homogenates.[3]

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  1. ^ Fung, M.; Thornton, A.; Mybeck, K.; Wu, J. H.-h.; Hornbuckle, K.; Muniz, E. (1 January 2001). "Evaluation of the Characteristics of Safety Withdrawal of Prescription Drugs from Worldwide Pharmaceutical Markets-1960 to 1999". Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science 35 (1): 293–317. doi:10.1177/009286150103500134. 
  2. ^ Kan JP, Mouget-Goniot C, Worms P, Biziere K (1986). "Effect of the antidepressant minaprine on both forms of monoamine oxidase in the rat". Biochemical Pharmacology 35 (6): 973–978. doi:10.1016/0006-2952(86)90085-7. PMID 3954800. 
  3. ^ Contreras JM, Rival YM, Chayer S, Bourguignon JJ, Wermuth CG (1999). "Aminopyridazines as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors". Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 42 (4): 730–741. doi:10.1021/jm981101z. PMID 10052979.