Nefopam

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Nefopam
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Clinical data
Trade names néfopam medisol
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administration
Oral, intramuscular, intravenous
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Legal status
Legal status
  • AU: S4 (Prescription only)
  • UK: POM (Prescription only)
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability Low[1]
Protein binding 70–75% (mean 73%)[1][2]
Metabolism Liver (N-demethylation, others)[1]
Metabolites Desmethylnefopam, others[1]
Elimination half-life Nefopam: 3–8 hours[1]
Desmethylnefopam: 10–15 hours[1]
Excretion Urine: 79.3%[1]
Feces: 13.4%[1]
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Chemical and physical data
Formula C17H19NO
Molar mass 253.34 g/mol
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Nefopam, sold under the brand names nefopam medisol among others, is a painkilling medication. It is primarily used to treat moderate to severe, acute or chronic pain. [3]

It is believed to work in the brain and spinal cord to relieve pain. There it is believed to work via rather unique mechanisms. Firstly it increases the activity of the serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, neurotransmitters involved in, among other things, pain signaling. Secondly, it modulates sodium and calcium channels, thereby inhibiting the release of glutamate, a key neurotransmitter involved in pain processing.[4]

Medical uses[edit]

Nefopam has additional action in the prevention of shivering, which may be a side effect of other drugs used in surgery.[5] Nefopam was significantly more effective than aspirin as an analgesic in one clinical trial,[6] although with a greater incidence of side effects such as sweating, dizziness and nausea, especially at higher doses.[7][8] The estimated relative potency of nefopam to morphine indicates that 20 mg of nefopam HCl is the approximate analgesic equal of 12 mg of morphine with comparable analgesic efficacy to morphine,[9][10][11] or oxycodone,[12] while Nefopam tends to produce fewer side effects, does not produce respiratory depression,[13] and has much less abuse potential, and so is useful either as an alternative to opioids, or as an adjunctive treatment for use alongside opioid(s) or other analgesics.[11][14] Nefopam is also used to treat severe hiccups.[15]

Contraindications[edit]

Nefopam is contraindicated in people with convulsive disorders, those that have received treatment with irreversible monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as phenelzine, tranylcypromine or isocarboxazid within the past 30 days and those with myocardial infarction pain, mostly due to a lack of safety data in these conditions.[16]

Side effects[edit]

Common side effects include nausea, nervousness, dry mouth, light-headedness and urinary retention.[16] Less common side effects include vomiting, blurred vision, drowsiness, sweating, insomnia, headache, confusion, hallucinations, tachycardia, aggravation of angina and rarely a temporary and benign pink discolouration of the skin or erythema multiforme.[16] Overall, the incidence of side-effects are less with the oral formulation and generally transient and mild in nature.

Overdose[edit]

Overdose and death have been reported with nefopam,[17] although these events are less common with nefopam than with opioid analgesics.[18] Overdose usually manifests with convulsions, hallucinations, tachycardia, and hyperdynamic circulation.[16] Treatment is usually supportive, managing cardiovascular complications with beta blockers and limiting absorption with activated charcoal.[16]

Interactions[edit]

It has additive anticholinergic and sympathomimetic effects with other agents with these properties.[16] Its use should be avoided in people receiving some types of antidepressants (tricyclic antidepressants or monoamine oxidase inhibitors) as there is the potential for serotonin syndrome or hypertensive crises to result.[16]

Pharmacology[edit]

Nefopam[19][20]
Site Ki (nM)
SERT 29
NET 33
DAT 531
5-HT2A 1,685
5-HT2B 330
5-HT2C 56

The mechanism of action of nefopam and its analgesic effects are not well understood, although inhibition of the reuptake of serotonin, norepinephrine, and to a lesser extent dopamine (that is, acting as an SNDRI) is thought to be involved.[21][4] It also reduces glutamate signaling via modulating sodium and calcium channels.[22][4]

Pharmacokinetics[edit]

The absolute bioavailability of nefopam is low.[1] It is reported to achieve therapeutic plasma concentrations between 49 and 183 nM.[20] The drug is approximately 73% protein-bound across a plasma range of 7 to 226 ng/mL (28–892 nM).[1] The metabolism of nefopam is hepatic, by N-demethylation and via other routes.[1] Its terminal half-life is 3 to 8 hours, while that of its active metabolite, desmethylnefopam, is 10 to 15 hours.[1] It is eliminated mostly in urine, and to a lesser extent in feces.[1]

Chemistry[edit]

Nefopam is a cyclized analogue of orphenadrine, diphenhydramine, and tofenacin, with each of these compounds different from one another only by the presence of one or two carbons.[23][24][25] The ring system of nefopam is a benzoxazocine system.[23][26]

Society and culture[edit]

Recreational use[edit]

Recreational use of nefopam has rarely been reported,[17] and is far less common than with opioid analgesics.[18]

References[edit]

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