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Title: Codeine
CAS Registry Number: 76-57-3
CAS Name: (5a,6a)-7,8-Didehydro-4,5-epoxy-3-methoxy-17-methylmorphinan-6-ol
Additional Names: methylmorphine; morphine monomethyl ether; morphine 3-methyl ether
Trademarks: Codicept (Sanol)
Molecular Formula: C18H21NO3
Molecular Weight: 299.36
Percent Composition: C 72.22%, H 7.07%, N 4.68%, O 16.03%
Literature References: Present in opium from 0.7 to 2.5%, depending on the source, but mostly prepd by methylation of morphine, q.v. Discussion of structure and bibliography: Small, Lutz, "Chemistry of the Opium Alkaloids," in U.S. Public Health Reports Suppl. No. 103 (Washington, 1932). Prepn of (+)-codeine and racemate: Goto, Yamamoto, Proc. Jpn. Acad. 30, 769 (1954), C.A. 50, 1052h (1956); of (-)-form: E. J. Bijsterveld, H. J. Sinnige, Rec. Trav. Chim. 95, 24 (1976); H. C. Beyerman et al., ibid. 97, 127 (1978). Manuf from morphine: W. R. Heumann, Bull. Narc. X, 15 (1958). Facile synthesis from thebaine, q.v.: W. G. Dauben et al., J. Org. Chem. 44, 1567 (1979). Toxicity of the hydrochloride: Eddy, Sumwalt, J. Pharmacol. Exp. Ther. 67, 127 (1939). Comprehensive description of codeine and codeine phosphate, q.v.: F. J. Muhtadi, M. M. A. Hassan, Anal. Profiles Drug Subs. 10, 93-138 (1981).
Derivative Type: Monohydrate
Properties: Orthorhombic sphenoidal rods or tablets (octahedra) from water or dil alcohol, mp 154-156° (after drying at 80°). Sublimes (when anhydr) at 140-145° under 1.5 mm pressure. Melts to oily drops when heated in an amount of water insufficient for complete soln, crystallizes on cooling. d420 1.32. [a]D15 -136° (c = 2 in alcohol), [a]D15 -112° (c = 2 in chloroform). pK (15°) 6.05; pH of satd aq soln 9.8. One gram dissolves in 120 ml water, 60 ml water at 80°, 2 ml alcohol, 1.2 ml hot alcohol, 13 ml benzene, 18 ml ether, 0.5 ml chloroform; freely sol in amyl alcohol, methanol, dil acids. Almost insol in petr ether or in solns of alkali hydroxides.
Melting point: mp 154-156° (after drying at 80°)
pKa: pK (15°) 6.05; pH of satd aq soln 9.8
Optical Rotation: [a]D15 -136° (c = 2 in alcohol); [a]D15 -112° (c = 2 in chloroform)
Density: d420 1.32
Derivative Type: Hydrochloride
CAS Registry Number: 1422-07-7
Molecular Formula: C18H21NO3.HCl
Molecular Weight: 335.83
Percent Composition: C 64.38%, H 6.60%, N 4.17%, O 14.29%, Cl 10.56%
Properties: Dihydrate, small needles, mp ~280° with some decompn. [a]D22 -108°. One gram dissolves in 20 ml water, 1 ml boiling water, 180 ml alcohol. pH about 5. LD50 s.c. in mice: 300 mg/kg (Eddy, Sumwalt).
Melting point: mp ~280° with some decompn
Optical Rotation: [a]D22 -108°
Toxicity data: LD50 s.c. in mice: 300 mg/kg (Eddy, Sumwalt)
Derivative Type: Sulfate
CAS Registry Number: 1420-53-7
Molecular Formula: (C18H21NO3)2.H2SO4
Molecular Weight: 696.81
Percent Composition: C 62.05%, H 6.36%, N 4.02%, O 22.96%, S 4.60%
Properties: Trihydrate, crystals or cryst powder. One gram dissolves in 30 ml water, 6.5 ml water at 80°, 1300 ml alc. Insol in chloroform or ether. pH: 5.0. Store in airtight containers; protect from light.
NOTE: This is a controlled substance (opiate): 21 CFR, 1308.12.
Therap-Cat: Analgesic (narcotic); antitussive.
Therap-Cat-Vet: Analgesic (narcotic); antitussive.
Keywords: Analgesic (Narcotic); Antitussive.

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