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Clinical data
Other namesOxymorphone hydrazone
ATC code
  • none
  • (5α,6E)-3,14-dihydroxy-17-methyl-4,5-epoxy-morphinan-6-one hydrazone
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PubChem CID
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass315.373 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • CN1CC[C@]23[C@@H]4/C(=N/N)/CC[C@]2([C@H]1CC5=C3C(=C(C=C5)O)O4)O
  • InChI=1S/C17H21N3O3/c1-20-7-6-16-13-9-2-3-11(21)14(13)23-15(16)10(19-18)4-5-17(16,22)12(20)8-9/h2-3,12,15,21-22H,4-8,18H2,1H3/b19-10-/t12-,15+,16+,17-/m1/s1

Oxymorphazone is an opioid analgesic drug related to oxymorphone. Oxymorphazone is a potent and long acting μ-opioid agonist which binds irreversibly to the receptor, forming a covalent bond which prevents it from detaching once bound.[1][2] This gives it an unusual pharmacological profile, and while oxymorphazone is only around half the potency of oxymorphone, with higher doses the analgesic effect becomes extremely long lasting, with a duration of up to 48 hours.[3] However, tolerance to analgesia develops rapidly with repeated doses,[4][5][6] as chronically activated opioid receptors are rapidly internalised by β-arrestins, similar to the results of non-covalent binding by repeated doses of agonists with extremely high binding affinity such as lofentanil.[7][8]

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  5. ^ Williams CL, Bodnar RJ, Clark JE, Hahn EF, Burks TF, Pasternak GW (April 1988). "Irreversible opiate agonists and antagonists. IV. Analgesic actions of 14-hydroxydihydromorphinone hydrazones". The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 245 (1): 8–12. PMID 2452249.
  6. ^ Benyhe S, Hoffmann G, Varga E, Hosztafi S, Toth G, Borsodi A, Wollemann M (1989). "Effects of oxymorphazone in frogs: long lasting antinociception in vivo, and apparently irreversible binding in vitro". Life Sciences. 44 (24): 1847–57. doi:10.1016/0024-3205(89)90302-0. PMID 2472540.
  7. ^ Marie N, Aguila B, Allouche S (November 2006). "Tracking the opioid receptors on the way of desensitization". Cellular Signalling. 18 (11): 1815–33. doi:10.1016/j.cellsig.2006.03.015. PMID 16750901.
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