FENOPROFEN Synthesis, SAR, MCQ,Structure, Chemical Properties and Therapeutic Uses

FENOPROFEN Synthesis, SAR, MCQ,Structure, Chemical Properties and Therapeutic Uses


IUPAC nomenclature

2-(3-phenoxyphenyl)propanoic acid


  • Propionic acid derivative

Physiochemical Properties

1 Molecular weight 242.27 g/mol
2 Physical appearance Viscous oil
3 Melting point 168-171°C
4 Solubility Very soluble in alcohol
5 Octanol/water partition coefficient 3.1
6 Presence of ring Phenyl
7 Number of chiral centers 1


Mechanism of Action

Fenoprofen mechanism of action involves inhibition of prostaglandin synthetase.


Structure Activity Relationship

SAR of fenoprofen can be summarized as follows:

  • Activity decreases on placing the phenoxy group in the ortho or para position of the arylpropionic acid.
  • Replacing oxygen bridge between two aromatic rings with carbonyl group produces another marketed analogue known as ketoprofen. [1]


Method of synthesis

i. 3-hydroxyacetophenone is esterified by bromobenzene in presence of potassium carbonate and copper fillings to give 3-phenoxyacetophenone.

ii. Carbonyl group of the above formed compound is reduced by sodium borohydride.

iii. Resulting alcohol is brominated by phosphorus tribromide.

iv. Bromo derivative so formed is reacted with sodium cyanide to give 2-(3-phenoxyphenyl)propionitrile.

v. On hydrolysis, fenoprofen is produced. [2]

Therapeutic Uses

Fenoprofen is used for:

  • Relieving mild to severe pain due to arthritis

Side Effects

Side effects of fenoprofen are:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Skin reactions
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight gain
  • Vision changes
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Pale skin
  • No urination
  • Anemia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Nervousness
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Ringing sounds in ears



Q.1 What can be the correct IUPAC nomenclature of Fenoprofen?

a) 4-hydroxy-2-methyl-N-(5-methyl-1,2-oxazol-3-yl)-1,1-dioxo-1λ6,2-benzothiazine-3-carboxamide

b) 4-hydroxy-2-methyl-N-(5-methyl-1,2-oxazol-3-yl)-1,1-dioxo-1λ6,2-benzothiazine-3-Carboxylic acid

c) 2-(3-phenoxyphenyl)propanoic acid

d) 2-(3-phenoxyphenyl)pentanoic acid

Q.2 Which amongst the following statements is/are incorrect related to the SAR of propionic acid derivatives?

I. Activity Increases on placing the phenoxy group in the ortho or para position of the arylpropionic acid.

II. Replacing oxygen bridge between two aromatic rigs with carbonyl group produces another marketed analogue known as ketoprofen

a) I

b) II

c) I, II

d) None of the above

Q.3 Correct sequence of steps required for the synthesis of drug fenoprofen from 3-hydroxyacetophenone can be?

I. Bromination by phosphorus tribromide

II. Reduction of carbonyl group by sodium borohydride

III. Esterification by bromobenzene

IV. Hydrolysis

V. Reaction with sodium cyanide

a) III – II – I – V – IV

b) II – I – III – IV – V

c) I – IV – V – III – II

d) IV – III – II – I – V

Q.4 Side effects of drug Fenoprofen is/are?

a) Allergic reactions

b) Shortness of breath

c) Pale skin

d) All of the above

Q.5 Match the following drugs with the correct number of the chiral carbons they have in their structure:

i. Fenoprofen A. 5
ii. Ipratropium B. 2
iii. Atropine C. 4
iv. Metaraminol         D. 1

 a) i-A, ii-C, iii-D, iv-B

b) i-D, ii-A, iii-C, iv-B

c) i-D, ii-B, iii-A, iv-C

d) i-B, ii-D, iii-A, iv-C

Q.6 An example of drug from class NSAIDs?

a) Fenoprofen

b) Cetrizin

c) Norepinephrin

d) Atropine

Q.7 The type of ring system found in fenoprofen?

a) Furan

b) Benzothiazine

c) Both a) and b)

d) None of the above


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[1]  Lemke TL, Williams DA, Roche VF, Zito SW. FOYE. S Principles of Medicinal Chemistry. Seventh Edition Copyright. 2013.

[2] Vardanyan R, Hruby V. Synthesis of essential drugs. Elsevier; 2006 Mar 10.

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