A new analogue of sildenafil was detected in an herbal dietary supplement, which was sold over the internet and promoted as a product for the enhancement of sexual performance. The structure of the compound was established using LC-MS, UV spectroscopy, MS-MS, and NMR. In addition, the compound was cleaved at its sulfonamide S-N bond yielding a sulfonic acid and an amine, which were independently characterized using LC-MS, GC-MS, and derivatization. The compound, named methisosildenafil, is a novel synthetic analogue of sildenafil in which the N-methylpiperazine moiety has been replaced with 2,6-dimethylpiperazine.
- Dietary supplements
- Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS)
- Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
- Sildenafil analogue