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Heterocodeine (6-methylmorphine) is an opiate derivative, the 6-methyl ether of morphine, and a structural isomer of codeine. Heterocodeine was first synthesised in 1932, and can be made from morphine by selective methylation.
Heterocodeine is 6 times more potent than morphine due to the masking of the 6-hydroxy group giving greater lipophilicity, in a similar manner to 6-acetylmorphine.
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