Soluble in DMSO (100 mM), alcohol, chloroform, and acetone. Insoluble in water
An alpha-adrenergic modulator and vasodilator
REVIEW Nicergoline acts by inhibiting the postsynaptic alpha(1)-adrenoceptors on vascular smooth muscle. This inhibits the vasoconstrictor effect of circulating and locally released catecholamines (epinephrine and norepinephrine), resulting in peripheral vasodilation. Therefore the mechanism of Nicergoline is to increase vascular circulation in the brain, thereby enhancing the transmission of nerve signals across the nerve fibres, which secrete acetylcholine as a neural transmitter.
Winblad B, Fioravanti M, Dolezal T, Logina I, Milanov IG, Popescu DC, Solomon A: Therapeutic use of nicergoline. Clin Drug Investig. 2008;28(9):533-52.
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