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Claims for Patent: 4,280,957

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Claims for Patent: 4,280,957

Title: Imidazodiazepines and processes therefor
Abstract:Novel Imidazobenzodiazepines and their analogs are useful as anticonvulsants, muscle relaxant, anxiolytic and sedative agents. Preferred compounds of this class belong to the imidazo[1,5-a][1,4]diazepine series which may have a very wide variety of organic substituents. An especially preferred genus included within the purview of the invention encompasses a compound of the formula ##STR1## wherein R.sub.1 is hydrogen and lower alkyl preferably methyl; R.sub.3 and R.sub.5 are hydrogen; R.sub.4 is hydrogen, nitro and halogen, most preferably, chlorine, and in a most preferred embodiment when positioned on the fused benzo portion of the imidazobenzodiazepine is in the 8-position thereof, R.sub.6 is phenyl or halo, nitro, or lower alkyl-substituted phenyl, preferably, halo, with fluorine being the preferred halogen, the substituted fluoro being positioned in the 2-position of the phenyl moiety and R.sub.2 is hydrogen and lower alkyl.
Inventor(s): Walser; Armin (West Caldwell, NJ), Fryer; Rodney I. (North Caldwell, NJ)
Assignee: Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. (Nutley, NJ)
Application Number:05/905,820
Patent Claims: 1. A compound of the formula ##STR86## wherein A is ##STR87## R.sub.1 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, lower alkyl, hydroxy lower alkyl, acyloxy lower alkyl, phenyl, alkoxy lower alkyl, halo lower alkyl, amino lower alkyl, tolyl substituted amino lower alkyl, substitued phenyl, pyridyl, aralkyl and the group ##STR88## wherein R is hydrogen or lower alkyl and ROOC where R is lower alkyl; R.sub.2 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, lower alkyl, hydroxy lower alkyl, acyloxy lower alkyl, alkoxy lower alkyl, halo lower alkyl, cyano, cyano lower alkyl, substituted amino lower alkyl, amino lower alkyl, substituted amino, the group COOR where R is hydrogen or lower alkyl, the group ##STR89## where R is hydrogen or lower alkyl, or derivatives thereof, i.e., the group R-C=N-R' wherein R' is hydrogen, lower alkyl, hydroxy, phenyl, alkoxy, amino, mono or dialkylamino and arylamino and R is hydrogen or lower alkyl, the group ##STR90## (where R, R' are hydrogen, lower alkyl, aryl, hydroxy lower alkyl, lower alkenyl, or together R and R' with the nitrogen atom may form a part of a 5 or 6 membered heterocyclic ring and the group (CH.sub.2).sub.n NRR' where R and R' are hydrogen, lower alkyl, hydroxy lower alkyl, lower alkenyl, aryl or together R and R' with the nitrogen may form a part of a 5 or 6 membered heterocyclic ring), the group ##STR91## where R.sup.10, R.sup.11, R.sup.12 are hydrogen or lower alkyl and the group (CH.sub.2).sub.n NR.sup.13 R.sup.14 where n is 1 to 4 and R.sup.13, R.sup.14 are hydrogen or lower alkyl; R.sub.3 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen or lower alkyl; R.sub.5 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, lower alkanoyloxy and hydroxy; R.sub.4 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, nitro, cyano, trifluoromethyl, lower alkyl, substituted amino, amino, hydroxy lower alkyl and lower alkanoyl; R.sub.6 is selected from the group consisting of phenyl, mono-substituted phenyl, disubstituted phenyl, pyridyl and mono-substituted pyridyl

and the pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.

2. A compound of the formula:

8-chloro-6-(2-fluorophenyl)-1-methyl-4H-imidazo[1,5-a][1,4]-benzodiazepine maleate.

3. A compound of the formula:

8-chloro-6-(2-fluorophenyl)-1,4-dimethyl-4H-imidazo [1,5-a][1,4]benzodiazepine maleate.

4. A compound of the formula:

8-chloro-6-(2-chlorophenyl)-1-methyl-4H-imidazo[1,5-a][1,4]benzodiazepine and the pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.

5. The compound: 8-Chloro-6-(2-fluorophenyl)-1-methyl-4H-imidazo[1,5-a][1,4]benzodiazepine and the pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.
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