What is Amisulpride

  • Author:Ray Dean
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  • Release on :2016-04-01

Amisulpride, an atypical antipsychotic used to treat psychosis in schizophrenia and episodes of mania in bipolar disorder. In Italy, it is also used as a treatment for dysthymia. Neuroleptic agent, an analogue of sulpiride. Used as an antipsychotic. Dopamine receptor antagonist


Biological Activity

As a Pharmaceutical raw material. Potent, selective dopamine D 2 and D 3 receptor antagonist. K i values are 2.8 and 3.2 nM respectively for human D 2 and D 3 and > 1000 nM for human D 1 , D 4 and D 5 receptors. Shows selectivity for presynaptic dopamine autoreceptors at low doses and blocks postsynaptic D 2 /D 3 receptors at higher doses. Preferentially interacts with limbic D 2 -like receptors in vivo . Atypical antipsychotic/antischizophrenic agent with limited extrapyrimidal side effects and a profile distinct from that of haloperidol and remoxipride.


Amisulpride function primarily as a D2 and D3 receptor antagonist. It has high affinity for these receptors with dissociation constants of 2.2 nM and 2.4 nM, respectively. Although standard doses used to treat psychosis inhibit dopaminergic neurotransmission, low doses preferentially block inhibitory pre-synaptic autoreceptors. This results in a facilitation of dopamine activity, and for this reason, low dose amisulpride has also been used to treat dysthymia.