Methohexital

Methohexital

Methohexital
Skeletal formula
Ball-and-stick model
Systematic (IUPAC) name
5-hex-3-yn-2-yl-1- methyl-5-prop-2-enyl-1, 3-diazinane-2,4,6-trione
Clinical data
AHFS/Drugs.com
Pregnancy
category
Legal status
Routes of
administration
Intravenous, rectal
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability I.V. ~100%
Rectal ~17%
Metabolism Hepatic
Biological half-life 5.6 ± 2.7 minutes
Excretion ?
Identifiers
CAS Registry Number  Y
ATC code N01 N05
PubChem CID:
IUPHAR/BPS
DrugBank  Y
ChemSpider  Y
UNII  Y
KEGG  Y
ChEBI  Y
ChEMBL  Y
Chemical data
Formula C14H18N2O3
Molecular mass 262.304
 Y   

Methohexital or methohexitone (marketed under the brand name Brevital) is a drug which is a barbiturate derivative. It is classified as short-acting, and has a rapid onset of action. It is similar in its effects to sodium thiopental, a drug with which it competed in the market for anaesthetics.

Contents

  • Pharmacology 1
  • Indications 2
  • Synthesis 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Pharmacology

Methohexital binds to a distinct site which is associated with Cl ionophores at GABAA receptors.[1] This increases the length of time which the Cl ionopores are open, thus causing an inhibitory effect.

Metabolism of methohexital is primarily hepatic (i.e., taking place in the liver) via demethylation and oxidation. Side-chain oxidation is the primary means of metabolism involved in the termination of the drug's biological activity.

Protein binding is approximately 73% for methohexital.

Indications

Methohexital is primarily used to induce anesthesia, and is generally provided as a sodium salt (i.e. methohexital sodium). It is only used in hospital or similar settings, under strict supervision. It has been commonly used to induce deep sedation or general anesthesia for surgery and dental procedures. Unlike many other barbiturates, Methohexital actually lowers the seizure threshold, a property that make it particularly useful when anesthesia is provided for a electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). And rapid recovery rate with consciousness being gained within three to seven minutes after induction and full recovery within 30 minutes is a major advantage over other ECT barbiturates (Schulgasser and Borowitz 1963).

Synthesis

Methohexital, 5-allyl-1-methyl-5-(1-methyl-2-pentinyl barbituric acid, is synthesized in the classic manner of making barbituric acid derivatives, in particular by the reaction of malonic ester derivatives with derivatives of urea.

Methohexital synthesis: W.J. Doran, U.S. Patent 2,872,448 (1959).

The resulting allyl-(1-methyl-2-pentynyl) malonic ester is synthesized by subsequent alkylation of the malonic ester itself, beginning with 2-bromo-3-hexyne, which gives (1-methyl-2-pentynyl)malonic ester, and then by allylbromide. In the final step, reaction of the disubstituted malonic ester with N-methylurea gives desired methohexital.

References

  1. ^ Katzung, Bertram G., Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, 10th ed., p. 406-407
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External links

  • RxList.com - Methohexital
  • Drugs.com - Methohexital Sodium
  • DrugLib.com - Brevital (Methohexital Sodium)