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Stereochemistry RACEMIC
Molecular Formula C10H13NO2
Molecular Weight 179.2161
Optical Activity ( + / - )
Defined Stereocenters 0 / 1
E/Z Centers 0
Charge 0

SHOW SMILES / InChI
Structure of 4-AMINO-3-PHENYLBUTYRIC ACID

SMILES

c1ccc(cc1)C(CC(=O)O)CN

InChI

InChIKey=DAFOCGYVTAOKAJ-UHFFFAOYSA-N
InChI=1S/C10H13NO2/c11-7-9(6-10(12)13)8-4-2-1-3-5-8/h1-5,9H,6-7,11H2,(H,12,13)

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Phenibut (beta-phenyl-gamma-aminobutyric acid or 4-amino-3-phenylbutyric acid) is a neuropsychotropic drug that was discovered and introduced into clinical practice in Russia in the 1960s. It has anxiolytic and nootropic (cognition enhancing) effects. It acts as a GABA-mimetic, primarily at GABA(B) receptors. Pharmacological activity of racemic phenibut relies on R-phenibut and this correlates to the binding affinity of enantiomers of phenibut to the GABAB receptor. In addition R-phenibut binds to the α2-δ subunit of voltage-dependent calcium channels. It is highly effective in treating anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, asthenia, insomnia, alcoholism, stuttering, and vestibular disorders. It also improves mental performance (attention, memory, speed and accuracy of sensory-motor reactions), physical performance, reduces sleep disorders as well as movement and speech disorders.

Originator

Sources: Khaunma RA. Tranquillizing effects of beta-phenyl-gamma-aminobutyric acid (“Phenigama”). Byull Eksp Biol Med 1964;1:54–58
Curator's Comment:: Phenibut (beta-phenyl-gamma-aminobutyric acid, beta-phenyl-GABA) was synthesized by Perekalin and his associates at the Department of Organic Chemistry of the Herzen Pe-dagogic Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11830761

Approval Year

TargetsConditions

Conditions

ConditionModalityTargetsHighest PhaseProduct
Primary
PHENIBUT

Approved Use

Asthenic and Anxious-Neurotic States, Worry, Anxiety, Fear Sleep Disorders Tiredness Improve Memory, Cognition, Mood
Primary
PHENIBUT

Approved Use

Asthenic and Anxious-Neurotic States, Worry, Anxiety, Fear Sleep Disorders Tiredness Improve Memory, Cognition, Mood
Primary
PHENIBUT

Approved Use

Asthenic and Anxious-Neurotic States, Worry, Anxiety, Fear Sleep Disorders Tiredness Improve Memory, Cognition, Mood
PubMed

PubMed

TitleDatePubMed
[Antiabstinent action of fenibut and baclofen on a model of abstinence induced by the benzodiazepine receptor antagonist CGS 8216 in rats receiving diazepam].
1987 Jun
[Anti-arrhythmic properties of GABA and GABA-ergic system activators].
2002 Jan-Feb
[Autonomic cardiovascular regulation in patients with tics and Tourette syndrome].
2005
[Effect of the GABA derivative phenibut on learning].
2005
[Neurochemical mechanisms of dorsal pallidum in antiadverse effects of anxiolytics of different models of anxiety].
2005 Jul
[Effect of phenibut on the behavior of experimental animals under conditions of voluntary chronic alcoholism].
2005 May-Jun
Neurochemical mechanisms of the dorsal pallidum in the antiaversive effects of anxiolytics in various models of anxiety.
2006 Sep
[Correction of cardiotoxic effect of chronic alcoholic intoxication by GABA-ergic compounds].
2007
Effect of citrocard on functional reserves of the heart under conditions of chronic stress.
2007 Jul
Effects of the GABA receptor agonist phenibut on behavior and respiration in rabbits in emotionally negative situations.
2008 Jul
Comparative pharmacological activity of optical isomers of phenibut.
2008 Mar 31
[Effect of phenibut on the content of monoamines, their metabolites, and neurotransmitter amino acids in rat brain structures].
2009 Jan-Feb
The effects of agonists of ionotropic GABA(A) and metabotropic GABA(B) receptors on learning.
2009 May
The influence of agonists of GABA(A) and GABA(B) receptors on the formation of the defensive and inhibitory conditioned reflexes.
2009 Nov-Dec
Withdrawal symptoms after Internet purchase of phenibut (β-phenyl-γ-aminobutyric acid HCl).
2010 Oct
Patents

Patents

Sample Use Guides

Initial dose is 250-500 mg (1-2 pills) 3 times a day. Maximum single dose: 750 mg, for patients over 60 years: 500 mg. The course of treatment is 2-3 weeks. If necessary, the course of treatment can be prolonged to 4-6 weeks. Patients, who have somnolence or other central nervous system disturbances during administration of Phenibut, should be careful about driving.
Route of Administration: Oral
In Vitro Use Guide
It has been established in experiments on the isolated spinal cord of 7-14-day-old rats that the GABAB-mimetic phenibut (10-100 uM) elicits a slow-developing depolarization of motoneurons, suppression of spontaneous activity and polysynaptic reflex discharges of motoneurons, recorded from the ventral roots.
Name Type Language
4-AMINO-3-PHENYLBUTYRIC ACID
MI  
Systematic Name English
.BETA.-PHENYL-.GAMMA.-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID
Systematic Name English
PHENIGAMMA
Brand Name English
(+/-)-FENIBUT
Common Name English
DL-4-AMINO-3-PHENYLBUTANOIC ACID
Common Name English
(+/-)-.BETA.-PHENYL-GABA
Common Name English
PHGABA
Common Name English
PHENYGAM
Brand Name English
FENIBUT
Brand Name English
.BETA.-(AMINOMETHYL)HYDROCINNAMIC ACID
Systematic Name English
4-AMINO-3-PHENYLBUTYRIC ACID [MI]
Common Name English
4-AMINO-3-PHENYLBUTANOIC ACID
Systematic Name English
PHENIBUT [WHO-DD]
Common Name English
.BETA.-(AMINOMETHYL)BENZENEPROPANOIC ACID
Systematic Name English
PHENIBUT
WHO-DD  
Brand Name English
Classification Tree Code System Code
WHO-ATC N06BX22
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DSLD 2945 (Number of products:14)
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WHO-VATC QN06BX22
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Code System Code Type Description
PUBCHEM
14113
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FDA UNII
T2M58D6LA8
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CAS
1078-21-3
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DRUG BANK
DB13455
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ECHA (EC/EINECS)
214-079-6
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ChEMBL
CHEMBL315818
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WIKIPEDIA
PHENIBUT
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MERCK INDEX
M1730
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DRUG CENTRAL
4863
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MESH
C008842
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EVMPD
SUB35018
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