- Pyrovalerone is a psychostimulant.
- It has a central action.
- Pyrovalerone inhibits the dopamine transporter and the norepinephrine transporter, and is a weak inhibitor of the serotonin transporter.
- Pyrovalerone was demonstrated to reduce symptoms of chronic fatigue in humans.
- It stimulated locomotor activity in mice.
- Though pyrovalerone is still occasionally prescribed, it is used infrequently due to problems with abuse and dependence.
- Side effects of pyrovalerone include anxiety, fragmented sleep or insomnia and trembling, shaking or muscle tremors.
- A psychoactive drug
- Stimulant effects
- Used for the clinical treatment of chronic fatigue or lethargy and as an anorectic or appetite suppressant for weight loss purposes
It was developed in the late 1960s and has since been used in France and several other European countries, and although pyrovalerone is still occasionally prescribed, it is used infrequently due to problems with abuse and dependence.
- It is closely related on a structural level to a number of other stimulants
- Side effects of pyrovalerone include anorexia or loss of appetite, anxiety, fragmented sleep or insomnia, and trembling, shaking, or muscle tremors.
Withdrawal following abuse upon discontinuation often results in depression
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