Devazepide (L-364,718, MK-329) is a drug which is structurally derived from the benzodiazepine family, but with quite different actions from most benzodiazepines, lacking affinity for GABAA receptors and instead acting as a cholecystokinin antagonist selective for the CCKA subtype. It increases appetite and accelerates gastric emptying, and has been suggested as a potential treatment for a variety of gastrointestinal problems including dyspepsia, gastroparesis and gastric reflux. It is also widely used in scientific research into the CCKA receptor.
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