d-Pseudoephedrine, (+)-Pseudoephedrine, (+)-ψ-Ephedrine, (1S,2S)-2-Methylamino-1-phenyl-1-propanol, d-Isoephedrine
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optical activity

[α]20/D +52°, c = 0.6 in ethanol


118-120 °C

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General description

(1S,2S)-(+)-Pseudoephedrine, a natural enantiomer of ephedrine, is a decongestant commonly used in cold and allergy medicines.


(1S,2S)-(+)-Pseudoephedrine may be used as a chiral auxillary in asymmetric synthesis of enantioenriched organic compounds. It may also be used to prepare a novel tertiary pseudo C2-symmetric 1,2-diamine, which facilitates the enantioselective addition of methyl lithium to imines with better yield.
(1S,2S)-(+)-Pseudoephedrine condenses with N,N-diisopropyl-2-formyl-1-naphthamide to form the corresponding oxazolidine derivative as a single diasterisomer.


5, 25, 100 g in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Non-selective adrenergic agonist; decongestant


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Target Organs

Respiratory system

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


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Not applicable

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Pseudoephenamine: a practical chiral auxiliary for asymmetric synthesis.
Marvin R Morales et al.
Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English), 51(19), 4568-4571 (2012-03-31)
Wayland Hsiao et al.
BJU international, 110(8), 1196-1200 (2012-01-12)
What's known on the subject? and What does the study add? Modern surgical techniques have allowed preservation of fertility in most patients after post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (PC-RPLND), but some patients still have infertility after surgery. We reviewed our...
James K Cunningham et al.
Drug and alcohol dependence, 126(1-2), 55-64 (2012-05-18)
Clandestine laboratory operators commonly extract ephedrine and pseudoephedrine-precursor chemicals used to synthesize methamphetamine-from over-the-counter cold/allergy/sinus products. To prevent this activity, two states, Oregon in 07/2006 and Mississippi in 07/2010, implemented regulations classifying ephedrine and pseudoephedrine as Schedule III substances, making...
Beatriz Alonso et al.
The Journal of organic chemistry, 78(2), 614-627 (2012-12-25)
We have developed an efficient protocol for carrying out the stereocontrolled formal conjugate addition of hydroxycarbonyl anion equivalents to α,β-unsaturated carboxylic acid derivatives using (S,S)-(+)-pseudoephedrine as chiral auxiliary, making use of the synthetic equivalence between the heteroaryl moieties and the...
Jillian M Hagel et al.
Trends in plant science, 17(7), 404-412 (2012-04-17)
Amphetamine analogs are produced by plants in the genus Ephedra and by Catha edulis, and include the widely used decongestants and appetite suppressants pseudoephedrine and ephedrine. A combination of yeast (Candida utilis or Saccharomyces cerevisiae) fermentation and subsequent chemical modification...

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