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1-Iodomorphine is a synthetic opioid analgesic derived from morphine. It is structurally similar to morphine but with an iodine atom substituted at the first position of the morphine molecule. This modification can alter the pharmacological properties of the compound, potentially affecting its potency, duration of action, and side effect profile.

Chemical Structure[edit | edit source]

1-Iodomorphine is a derivative of morphine, which is an alkaloid found in the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). The chemical structure of 1-iodomorphine includes an iodine atom attached to the first carbon of the morphine skeleton. This structural change can influence the compound's interaction with opioid receptors in the central nervous system.

Pharmacology[edit | edit source]

As an opioid, 1-iodomorphine primarily exerts its effects by binding to mu-opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. This binding leads to the inhibition of neurotransmitter release and results in analgesia, euphoria, and sedation. The presence of the iodine atom may affect the compound's lipophilicity, potentially altering its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and its overall pharmacokinetics.

Medical Use[edit | edit source]

The medical use of 1-iodomorphine is not well-documented, and it is primarily of interest in research settings. Its potential applications could include pain management, but further studies are needed to fully understand its efficacy and safety profile compared to other opioids like morphine and oxycodone.

Side Effects[edit | edit source]

As with other opioids, the use of 1-iodomorphine can lead to a range of side effects, including:

Legal Status[edit | edit source]

The legal status of 1-iodomorphine may vary by country. In many jurisdictions, it is likely to be regulated under the same laws that govern other opioid compounds due to its potential for abuse and dependence.

Research[edit | edit source]

Research on 1-iodomorphine is ongoing to better understand its pharmacological properties and potential therapeutic uses. Studies may focus on its binding affinity to opioid receptors, its analgesic potency, and its side effect profile compared to other opioids.

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