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Systematic (IUPAC) name
CAS Number 486459-03-4 YesY
PubChem CID: 10421832
ChemSpider 8597261 YesY
Chemical data
Formula C10H12BrNO
Molecular mass 242.11 g/mol

4-Bromomethcathinone (4-BMC, Brephedrone) is a psychoactive drug and research chemical of the phenethylamine, amphetamine, and cathinone chemical classes. It acts as a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor,[1][2] but acts more like an antidepressant than a stimulant.[3] It is currently unclear whether the 4-halogenated cathinones share the selective serotonergic neurotoxicity of their corresponding amphetamines.

Legal status

As of October 2015, 4-BMC is a controlled substance in China.[4] 4-Bromomethcathinone is considered a Schedule 1 substance in Virginia.[5]

See also


  1. Foley, K. F.; Cozzi, N. V. (1999). "Bromine substitution at the ring 3- or 4-position of methcathinone enhances potency at serotonin uptake transporters". Society for Neuroscience Abstracts. 25 (1–2): 1701. 678.17. 
  2. Foley, K. F.; Cozzi, N. V. (2002). "Inhibition of transport function and desipramine binding at the human noradrenaline transporter by N-ethylmaleimide and protection by substrate analogs". Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology. 365 (6): 457–461. PMID 12070759. doi:10.1007/s00210-002-0532-3. 
  3. Foley, K. F.; Cozzi, N. V. (2003). "Novel aminopropiophenones as potential antidepressants" (PDF). Drug Development Research. 60 (4): 252–260. doi:10.1002/ddr.10297. 
  4. "关于印发《非药用类麻醉药品和精神药品列管办法》的通知" (in Chinese). China Food and Drug Administration. 27 September 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  5. "18VAC110-20-322. Placement of Chemicals in Schedule I.". Commonwealth of Virginia. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016.