Medifoxamine, previously sold under the brand names Clédial and Gerdaxyl, is an atypical antidepressant[4] with additional anxiolytic properties[5] acting via dopaminergic and serotonergic mechanisms which was formerly marketed in France and Spain, as well as Morocco.[6][7][8][9][10] The drug was first introduced in France sometime around 1990.[11] It was withdrawn from the market in 1999 (Morocco) and 2000 (France) following incidences of hepatotoxicity.[10][12][13]

Clinical data
Trade namesClédial, Gerdaxyl
Other namesMedifoxamine fumarate; N,N-Dimethyl-2,2-diphenoxyethylamine
Routes of
By mouth
ATC code
Legal status
Legal status
  • In general: ℞ (Prescription only)
Pharmacokinetic data
Elimination half-life2.8 hours (acute);[1][2]
4.0 hours (chronic)[3]
CAS Number
PubChem CID
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
ECHA InfoCard100.046.359
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass257.328 g/mol g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
ChiralityRacemic mixture



Medifoxamine has been found to act preferentially as a relatively weak dopamine reuptake inhibitor,[3][14][15][16] but also as an even weaker serotonin reuptake inhibitor (IC50 = 1,500 nM)[3] and as a weak antagonist of the 5-HT2A and 5-HT2C receptors (IC50 = 950 and 980, respectively; notably greater affinity relative to amitriptyline and imipramine).[3][17][18] It is known to produce two active metabolites during first-pass metabolism in the liver, CRE-10086 (N-methyl-2,2-diphenoxyethylamine) and CRE-10357 (N,N-dimethyl-2-hydroxyphenoxy-2-phenoxyethylamine).[3] The IC50 values of CRE-10086 for serotonin transporter, 5-HT2A, and 5-HT2C binding are 450 nM, 330 nM, and 700 nM, respectively, while those of CRE-10357 are 660 nM, 1,600 nM, and 6,300  M.[3] Medifoxamine and its metabolites lack affinity for other serotonin receptors including 5-HT1A, 5-HT1B, 5-HT1D, and 5-HT3 (>10,000 nM).[3] As medifoxamine is metabolized extensively in the liver during first-pass metabolism, and as these metabolites have as much as 3-fold greater activity relative to medifoxamine, it is likely that they contribute significantly to the pharmacology of the parent drug.[3]

Effectiveness and tolerability

Unlike many tricyclic antidepressants, medifoxamine lacks anticholinergic and alpha blocker properties (very low affinity for the muscarinic acetylcholine receptors and 10-fold lower affinity for the α1-adrenergic receptor relative to 5-HT2 binding sites),[3][14][19] and is also apparently inactive as a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (although the same source stating this also states that it is inactive as a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, which was subsequently found not to be the case).[20] Studies in mice revealed that the drug does not possess any sedative or locomotor stimulant effects.[3] In accordance with all of the preceding, medifoxamine was found to be well-tolerated at dosages of 100–300 mg per day in clinical trials.[3] Double-blind controlled clinical studies have found it to have similar effectiveness to imipramine, clomipramine, and maprotiline in the treatment of depression.[3][9][18][19]

Society and culture

Generic names

Medifoxamine is the generic name of the drug and its INN while médifoxamine is its DCF.[6][7][8]

Brand names

Medifoxamine was marketed under the brand names Clédial and Gerdaxyl.[6][7]


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