Molecule of the Week

November 27, 2006

Ephedrine

Use of the bronchodilator and stimulant ephedrine [(1R,2S)-2-(methylamino-1-phenylpropan-1-ol] by athletes is banned at the Olympic Games. Its 1S,2S isomer is the common nasal decongestant pseudoephedrine, so the sniffling at award ceremonies might not just be emotional.

Get more information on this molecule from CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service)