Clinical data
Routes of
ATC code
  • none
Legal status
Legal status
  • In general: uncontrolled
  • 2-benzylpiperidine
CAS Number
PubChem CID
ECHA InfoCard100.046.581 Edit this at Wikidata
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass175.275 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • C1CCNC(C1)CC2=CC=CC=C2
  • InChI=1S/C12H17N/c1-2-6-11(7-3-1)10-12-8-4-5-9-13-12/h1-3,6-7,12-13H,4-5,8-10H2 checkY

2-Benzylpiperidine is a stimulant drug of the piperidine class. It is similar in structure to other drugs such as methylphenidate and desoxypipradrol but around one twentieth as potent, and while it boosts norepinephrine levels to around the same extent as d-amphetamine,[1] it has very little effect on dopamine levels, with its binding affinity for the dopamine transporter around 175 times lower than for the noradrenaline transporter.[2] 2-benzylpiperidine is little used as a stimulant, with its main use being as a synthetic intermediate in the manufacture of other drugs.[3][4][5]

See also


  1. ^ Ferris RM, Tang FL (September 1979). "Comparison of the effects of the isomers of amphetamine, methylphenidate and deoxypipradrol on the uptake of l-[3H]norepinephrine and [3H]dopamine by synaptic vesicles from rat whole brain, striatum and hypothalamus". The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 210 (3): 422–8. PMID 39160.
  2. ^ Kim DI, Deutsch HM, Ye X, Schweri MM (May 2007). "Synthesis and pharmacology of site-specific cocaine abuse treatment agents: restricted rotation analogues of methylphenidate". Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 50 (11): 2718–31. doi:10.1021/jm061354p. PMID 17489581.
  3. ^ Ablordeppey SY, Fischer JB, Law H, Glennon RA (August 2002). "Probing the proposed phenyl-A region of the sigma-1 receptor". Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. 10 (8): 2759–65. doi:10.1016/S0968-0896(02)00096-2. PMID 12057665.
  4. ^ Ágai B, Proszenyák A, Tárkányi G, Vida L, Faigl F (2004). "Convenient, Benign and Scalable Synthesis of 2- and 4-Substituted Benzylpiperidines". European Journal of Organic Chemistry. 2004 (17): 3623–3632. doi:10.1002/ejoc.200400215.
  5. ^ US 6124317, Bigge CF, Keana JR, Cai SX, Weber E, Woodward R, Lan NC, Guzikowski AP, "2-substituted piperidine analogs and their use as subtype-selective NMDA receptor antagonists."