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

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


IUPAC nomenclature

{(1Z)-5-fluoro-2-methyl-1-[4-(methylsulfinyl)benzylidene]-1H-indene-3-yl}acetic acid


  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
  • Arylalkanoic class member


Physiochemical Properties

1 Molecular weight 356.4 g/mol
2 Physical appearance Solid
3 Melting point 183°C
4 Solubility 3000 mg/L
5 Octanol/water partition coefficient 3.42
6 Presence of ring Indene, phenyl
7 Number of chiral centers Not present


Mechanism of Action

  • Sulindac inhibits both COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes which further leads to the inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis. This is responsible for the anti-inflammatory action of the drug.
  • The antipyretic action of the drug is due to action of drug on hypothalamus which results in increased blood flow, vasodilation and subsequent heat dissipation.


Structure Activity Relationship

SAR of Sulindac can be summarized as follows:

  • Replacement of the indole ring with indene ring results in decrease in the CNS and GI side effects, but also the solubility in water decreases.
  • On replacing the N-p-chlorobenzoyl substituent with a benzylidine function gives an active derivative.
  • Analgesic effects of drug are increased on replacing the 5-methoxy group of indene with fluorine.
  • Water solubility can be increased by replacing the chlorine of the phenyl substituent with sulfinyl group.
  • Z-isomer is more potent than E-isomer.


Method of synthesis

i. Condensatio of n-fluorobenzaldehyde with propionic acid in the presence of sodium acetate give 4-fluoro-α-methylcinnamic acid.

ii. On reducing the double bond of the above formed compound by palladium on carbon catalyst, 4-fluoro-α-methyldihydrocinnamic acid is produces.

iii. Resultant undergoes cyclization in the presence of polyphosphoric acid to ive 5-fluoro-2-methyl-3-indanone.

iv. The last undergoes a knowvwnagel reaction with cyanoactic aid followed by decarboxylation to produce 5-fluoro-2-methyliden-3-acetic acid.

v. On condensation of the above formed compound with n-mercaptobenzaldehyde in the presence of sodium methoxide produces 5-fluoro-2-ethyl-1-(4-methylthiobenzyliden)-3-indeaetic acid.

vi. In the final step, the sulfur atom is oxidized by sodium periodate into sulfoxide o give Sulindac. [2]


Therapeutic Uses

Sulindac is used for:

  • Reducing pain, joint stiffness and swelling due to arthritis.
  • Treatment of arthritis of the spine
  • Treatment of gouty arthritis
  • Treatment of shoulder bursitis
  • Treatment of shoulder tendonitis


 Side Effects

Side effects of sulindac are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Hypertension
  • Ringing in ears
  • Mood changes
  • Painful swallowing
  • Symptoms of heart failures
  • Kidney problems
  • Stiff neck
  • Liver disease
  • Allergic reactions



Q.1 Match the following with correct SAR of the drug Sulindac.

i.  Replacement of indole ring with indene ring results in A. Increase in CNS and GI side effects
ii. Z-isomer is   B. Decrease in CNS and GI side effects
  C. More potent than E-isomer
  D. Less potent than E-isomer

 a) i-A, ii-C

b) i-A, ii-D

c) i-B, ii-C

d) i-B, ii-D

Q.2 Correct sequence for the True/False for correct IUPAC names of the drug can be?

  • Sulindac: (N-Methyl-8-azabicyclo[3.2.1]oct-3-yl) 2-hydroxy-2-phenylacetate
  • Morphine: (2-chlorophenyl)-3-hydroxy-1,3-dihydro-1,4-benzodiazepin-2-one.
  • Benztropin: {(1Z)-5-fluoro-2-methyl-1-[4-(methylsulfinyl)benzylidene]-1H-indene-3-yl}acetic acid
  • Phenytoin: ethyl 1-(3-cyano-3,3-diphenylpropyl)-4-phenylpiperidine-4-carboxylate





Q.3 Octanol/water partition coefficient of Sulindac is?

a) -2

b) -3.42

c) 2

d) 3.42

Q.4 Correct statement/s related with the mechanism of action of drug sulindac is/are?

a) It inhibits COX-1 enzymes

b) It inhibits COX-2 enzymes

c) It produces action on hypothalamus to produce antipyretic action

d) All of the above

Q.5 Which amongst the following is NOT a Medicinal use of drug sulindac?

a) As a general anesthesia

b) Reducing pain due to arthritis

c) Treatment of shoulder Bursitis

d) Treatment of shoulder tendonitis

Q.6 Which of the following drug and their classification are correct?

I. Sulindac: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug

II. Risperidone: Nitrogen mustard

III. Hyoscyamine: Cytotoxic agent

IV. Glutemide: epipodophyllotoxin drug

a) I, III, IV

b) I

c) II, III

d) I, II, III, IV

Q.7 Number of chitral carbons present in the structure of Sulindac?

a) 0


c) 2

d) 3


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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, Ruben, and Victor Hruby. Synthesis of essential drugs. Elsevier, 2006.

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