CHEBI:6717 - mefenamic acid

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ChEBI Name mefenamic acid
Definition An aminobenzoic acid that is anthranilic acid in which one of the hydrogens attached to the nitrogen is replaced by a 2,3-dimethylphenyl group. Although classed as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, its anti-inflammatory properties are considered to be minor. It is used to relieve mild to moderate pain, including headaches, dental pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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Formula C15H15NO2
Net Charge 0
Average Mass 241.28510
Monoisotopic Mass 241.11028
InChI InChI=1S/C15H15NO2/c1-10-6-5-9-13(11(10)2)16-14-8-4-3-7-12(14)15(17)18/h3-9,16H,1-2H3,(H,17,18)
SMILES Cc1cccc(Nc2ccccc2C(O)=O)c1C
Roles Classification
Chemical Role(s): environmental contaminant
Any minor or unwanted substance introduced into the environment that can have undesired effects.
Bronsted acid
A molecular entity capable of donating a hydron to an acceptor (Bronsted base).
(via oxoacid )
Bronsted base
A molecular entity capable of accepting a hydron from a donor (Bronsted acid).
(via organic amino compound )
Biological Role(s): analgesic
An agent capable of relieving pain without the loss of consciousness or without producing anaesthesia. In addition, analgesic is a role played by a compound which is exhibited by a capability to cause a reduction of pain symptoms.
EC (prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase) inhibitor
A compound or agent that combines with cyclooxygenases (EC and thereby prevents its substrate-enzyme combination with arachidonic acid and the formation of icosanoids, prostaglandins, and thromboxanes.
A xenobiotic (Greek, xenos "foreign"; bios "life") is a compound that is foreign to a living organism. Principal xenobiotics include: drugs, carcinogens and various compounds that have been introduced into the environment by artificial means.
Application(s): analgesic
An agent capable of relieving pain without the loss of consciousness or without producing anaesthesia. In addition, analgesic is a role played by a compound which is exhibited by a capability to cause a reduction of pain symptoms.
antirheumatic drug
A drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
An anti-inflammatory drug that is not a steroid. In addition to anti-inflammatory actions, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have analgesic, antipyretic, and platelet-inhibitory actions. They act by blocking the synthesis of prostaglandins by inhibiting cyclooxygenase, which converts arachidonic acid to cyclic endoperoxides, precursors of prostaglandins.
A drug that prevents or reduces fever by lowering the body temperature from a raised state. An antipyretic will not affect the normal body temperature if one does not have fever. Antipyretics cause the hypothalamus to override an interleukin-induced increase in temperature. The body will then work to lower the temperature and the result is a reduction in fever.
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Outgoing mefenamic acid (CHEBI:6717) has role analgesic (CHEBI:35480)
mefenamic acid (CHEBI:6717) has role antipyretic (CHEBI:35493)
mefenamic acid (CHEBI:6717) has role antirheumatic drug (CHEBI:35842)
mefenamic acid (CHEBI:6717) has role EC (prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase) inhibitor (CHEBI:35544)
mefenamic acid (CHEBI:6717) has role environmental contaminant (CHEBI:78298)
mefenamic acid (CHEBI:6717) has role non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (CHEBI:35475)
mefenamic acid (CHEBI:6717) has role xenobiotic (CHEBI:35703)
mefenamic acid (CHEBI:6717) is a aminobenzoic acid (CHEBI:22495)
mefenamic acid (CHEBI:6717) is a secondary amino compound (CHEBI:50995)
2-[(2,3-dimethylphenyl)amino]benzoic acid
INNs Sources
acide méfénamique WHO MedNet
ácido mefenámico WHO MedNet
acidum mefenamicum ChemIDplus
mefenamic acid ChemIDplus
Synonyms Sources
CI-473 ChemIDplus
CN 35355 ChemIDplus
CN-35355 ChemIDplus
INF 3355 ChemIDplus
INF-3355 ChemIDplus
Mefenaminsaeure ChemIDplus
N-(2,3-xylyl)-2-aminobenzoic acid ChemIDplus
N-2,3-xylylanthranilic acid ChemIDplus
Brand Name Source
Manual Xrefs Databases
1663 DrugCentral
BE605302 Patent
DB00784 DrugBank
HMDB0014922 HMDB
ID8 PDBeChem
Mefenamic_acid Wikipedia
US3138636 Patent
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Registry Numbers Types Sources
2216243 Reaxys Registry Number Reaxys
61-68-7 CAS Registry Number KEGG COMPOUND
61-68-7 CAS Registry Number ChemIDplus
61-68-7 CAS Registry Number NIST Chemistry WebBook
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Last Modified
19 June 2017
General Comment
2014-10-29 Stravs M, Schymanski E, Singer H, Department of Environmental Chemistry, Eawag