A sample of 10 mM zomepirac in methanol was photo-irradiated with a Hanovia 200 W high-pressure quartz Hg lamp for 14 days. In total, four photoproducts were observed from the HPLC chromatogram, The preparative HPLC included an YMC-Pack Pro C18 column (250 × 20 mm i.d.), a mobile phase of CH3CN-CH3OH-1% HOAc (10:60:30, v/v/v), and UV detection at 254 mn. The most probable structures of the four photoproducts were determined by LC-MS. Two major photoproducts were separated, and their structures were further confirmed by the spectroscopic methods. A reaction scheme of zomepirac was proposed that the photochemical reaction routes occur mainly via bond fission between carbonyl-pyrrolyl groups (α-cleavage of a ketone), and decarboxylation followed by oxidation with singlet oxygen to produce an aldehyde.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)820-825
Number of pages6
JournalBiomedical Chromatography
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


  • Photolysis
  • Zomepirac

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology


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