Clinical data
ATC code
  • None
Legal status
Legal status
  • N-Phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]prop-2-enamide
CAS Number
PubChem CID
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass334.463 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • C=CC(=O)N(c2ccccc2)C1CCN(CC1)CCc3ccccc3

  • HCl: C=CC(=O)N(c2ccccc2)C1CCN(CC1)CCc3ccccc3.Cl
  • InChI=1S/C22H26N2O/c1-2-22(25)24(20-11-7-4-8-12-20)21-14-17-23(18-15-21)16-13-19-9-5-3-6-10-19/h2-12,21H,1,13-18H2

  • HCl: InChI=1S/C22H26N2O.ClH/c1-2-22(25)24(20-11-7-4-8-12-20)21-14-17-23(18-15-21)16-13-19-9-5-3-6-10-19;/h2-12,21H,1,13-18H2;1H

Acrylfentanyl (also known as acryloylfentanyl or Egyptenyl) is a highly potent opioid analgesic that is an analog of fentanyl and has been sold online as a designer drug.[1][2][3][4][5] In animal studies the IC50 or half maximal inhibitory concentration for acrylfentanyl to displace naloxone is 1.4 nM, being slightly more potent than fentanyl itself (1.6 nM) as well as having a longer duration of action.[6][7][8][9]

Side effects

Side effects of fentanyl analogs are similar to those of fentanyl itself, which include itching, nausea and potentially serious respiratory depression, which can be life-threatening. Fentanyl analogs have killed hundreds of people throughout Europe and the former Soviet republics since the most recent resurgence in use began in Estonia in the early 2000s, and novel derivatives continue to appear.[10]

As acrylamide derivatives are often used in drug discovery to make covalent inhibitors which will bind irreversibly to its target, acrylfentanyl is claimed to be naloxone resistant.[11] However, acute intoxications with acrylfentanyl on mice[12] threatened by naloxone (2 mg/kg) have shown that acrylfentanyl could be displaced from the opioid receptor.

Acrylfentanyl has been linked to 20 deaths in Sweden as well as two deaths in Denmark in summer 2016.[13][14]

Legal status

Acrylfentanyl is a Schedule I controlled substance in the United States.[15] As of 16 August 2016, it is an illegal medicine in Sweden.[16]

See also


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  3. ^ Breindahl T, Kimergård A, Andreasen MF, Pedersen DS (March 2017). "Identification of a new psychoactive substance in seized material: the synthetic opioid N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenethyl)piperidin-4-yl]prop-2-enamide (Acrylfentanyl)". Drug Testing and Analysis. 9 (3): 415–422. doi:10.1002/dta.2046. PMC 5396312. PMID 27476446.
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  5. ^ Bilel, Sabrine; Azevedo Neto, Joaquim; Arfè, Raffaella; Tirri, Micaela; Gaudio, Rosa Maria; Fantinati, Anna; Bernardi, Tatiana; Boccuto, Federica; Marchetti, Beatrice; Corli, Giorgia; Serpelloni, Giovanni; De-Giorgio, Fabio; Malfacini, Davide; Trapella, Claudio; Calo’, Girolamo; Marti, Matteo (May 2022). "In vitro and in vivo pharmaco-dynamic study of the novel fentanyl derivatives: Acrylfentanyl, Ocfentanyl and Furanylfentanyl". Neuropharmacology. 209: 109020. doi:10.1016/j.neuropharm.2022.109020. PMID 35247453. S2CID 247172069.
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  11. ^ "PHDMC - Community Overdose Action Team Issues Alert". 1 February 2017.
  12. ^ Maryanoff BE, Simon EJ, Gioannini T, Gorissen H (August 1982). "Potential affinity labels for the opiate receptor based on fentanyl and related compounds". Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 25 (8): 913–9. doi:10.1021/jm00350a006. PMID 6288945.
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  14. ^ "Farligt stof i omløb - mistanken rettes mod acryl fentanyl" (in Danish). mynewsdesk. 6 September 2016. Archived from the original on 9 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Controlled Substances by DEA Drug Code Number" (PDF). Drug Enforcement Administration.
  16. ^ "31 nya ämnen kan klassas som narkotika eller hälsofarlig vara" (in Swedish). Folkhälsomyndigheten. 21 June 2016.