Nalmefene (58895-64-0) is an opioid antagonist. Very similar activity profile to naloxone (Cat.# 10-2442) however displays slower onset and longer duration of action1. Antagonizes the effects of salvinorin2 (κ-agonist) as well as herkinorin3 (μ-agonist). Nalmefene as been used as a therapeutic for treatment of alcohol dependence4.
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3) Butelman et al. (2008), The effects of herkinorin, the first mu-selective ligand from salvinorin A-derived scaffold, in neuroendocrine biomarker assay in nonhuman primates; J. Pharmacol. Exp. Ther., 327 154
4) Soyka and Rosner (2008), Opioid antagonists for pharmacological treatment of alcohol dependence - a critical review; Curr. Drug Abuse Rev., 1 280