Title:
SKIN TREATMENT COMPOSITONS CONTAINING A CATIONIC POLYMER AND A MICROPARTICLE OR NANOPARTICLE VECTOR
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention relates to the use of α1L-agonists for treating urinary incontinence.



Inventors:
Esser, Franz (Ingelheim am Rhein, DE)
Stahle, Helmut (Ingelheim am Rhein, DE)
Luttke, Sven (Ockenheim, DE)
Muramatsu, Ikonobu (Matsuoka-cho Yosida-gun, JP)
Kitagawa, Hisato (Osaka, JP)
Uchida, Shujil (Toyonaka 560, JP)
Application Number:
09/536728
Publication Date:
04/04/2002
Filing Date:
03/28/2000
Assignee:
ESSER FRANZ
STAHLE HELMUT
LUTTKE SVEN
MURAMATSU IKONOBU
KITAGAWA HISATO
UCHIDA SHUJIL
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
548/333.1
International Classes:
A61K31/00; A61K31/415; A61K31/4164; A61K31/4168; A61K31/4178; A61K31/425; A61K31/433; A61P13/00; A61P13/02; A61P15/00; A61P25/02; A61P43/00; C07D233/50; C07D233/66; C07D403/12; C07D409/12; C07D417/12; (IPC1-7): C07D233/44; A61K31/4168
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Primary Examiner:
POWERS, FIONA
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
C/O VP, IP, LEGAL (RIDGEFIELD, CT, US)
Claims:
1. Use of α1L-agonists for the preparation of pharmaceutical compositions for treating urinary incontinence, particularly stress incontinence.

2. Use according to claim 1, in which the α1L-agonists have the general formula I 17embedded image wherein Y denotes an optionally substituted phenyl or napthyl group or Y denotes a 5- or 6-membered, optionally fully unsaturated, optionally substituted heterocyclic ring which contains oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen as heteroatoms, and X denotes —NH—, —CH2—, —OCH2—, —O—CHCH3—, —CH═N—NH—, —N═N—or —NZ—, wherein Z═—CH2—CH═CH2 or cyclopropylmethyl, and the pharmacologically acceptable acid addition salts thereof.

3. Use according to claim 2, wherein X in the compound of formula I denotes —NH—.

4. Use according to claim 2 or 3, wherein in the compound of formula I Y is an optionally substituted thienyl, furyl, pyrrole, tetrahydropyrrolyl, pyridyl, pyrazinyl, pyranyl, 1,3-thiazolyl, imidazolyl, imidazolinyl, 1,2,4-triazolyl, 1,2,3-triazolyl, tetrazolyl, isothiazolyl, pyrimidinyl, thiazolyl, thiadiazinyl or piperidinyl, which is bound to the group X via a carbon atom.

5. Use according to one of claims 2 to 4, wherein the compound of formula I is tiamenidine.

6. Use of phenylaminoimidazolines of general formula Ib 18embedded image wherein R1, R2, R3, R4and R5 denote, independently of one another: hydrogen, C1-6-alkyl, C3-6-cycloalkyl, C1-6-alkoxy, halogen, —CF3, —OCF3 or —NR6R7 wherein R6 denotes hydrogen, C3-6-cycloalkyl, C1-6-alkyl or C2-4-acyl, R7 denotes hydrogen, C3-6-cycloalkyl, C1-6-alkyl or C2-4-acyl; or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form a 5- or 6-membered saturated or unsaturated ring which may contain up to two additional heteroatoms from the group comprising oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen, whilst each additional nitrogen atom may be substituted by C1-4-alkyl; or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido; or R1 and R2 together form a fused pyrazole of the formula 19embedded image wherein R8 is C1-3-alkyl, or a fused thiadiazole of the formula 20embedded image wherein R3, R4 and R5 are as hereinbefore defined, and the pharmacologically acceptable acid addition salts thereof, for preparing pharmaceutical composition for treating urinary incontinence, particularly stress incontinence.

7. Use of phenyliminoimidazolines of general formula Ib according to claim 6, wherein R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5 independently of one another denote: hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, cyclopropyl, C1-4-alkoxy, preferably methoxy, halogen, CF3, —OCF3 or NR6R7 wherein R6 is hydrogen, C3-6-cycloalkyl, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, or acetyl, R7 denotes hydrogen, cyclopropyl, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, or acetyl; or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido; or R1 and R2 together form a fused pyrazole of the formula 21embedded image wherein R8 is methyl, or a fused thiadiazole of the formula 22embedded image wherein R3, R4 and R5 are as hereinbefore defined, and preferably represent hydrogen.

8. Use of phenylaminoimidazolines of general formula Ib according to claim 6, wherein R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 independently of one another denote: hydrogen, ethyl, methyl, cyclopropyl, fluorine, chlorine, bromine, —CF3 or —NR6R7 wherein R6 denotes hydrogen, methyl or acetyl, R7 denotes hydrogen, methyl or acetyl; or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido; or R1 and R2 together form a fused pyrazole of the formula 23embedded image wherein R8 is methyl, or a fused thiadiazole of the formula 24embedded image wherein R3, R4 and R5 are as hereinbefore defined, and preferably represent hydrogen.

9. Use of phenylaminoimidazolines of general formula Ib according to claim 6, wherein R1 denotes hydrogen, ethyl, methyl, fluorine, chlorine, bromine or —CF3, R 2 denotes methyl, fluorine, chlorine, bromine or —NR6R7, wherein R6 denotes hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, C2-4-acyl, preferably acetyl and R7 denotes hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, C2-4-acyl, preferably acetyl or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido; R3 denotes hydrogen, fluorine, chlorine, bromine, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, —NH2 or cyclopropyl; R4 denotes hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, fluorine, chlorine, bromine or —CF3; R5 denotes hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, preferably ethyl or methyl, fluorine, chlorine, bromine or —CF3; or R1 and R2 together form a fused pyrazole of formula 25embedded image wherein R8 is methyl, or a fused thiadiazole of the formula 26embedded image wherein R3, R4 and R5 are as hereinbefore defined, and preferably represent hydrogen.

10. Use of phenylaminoimidazolines of formula Ib according to claim 6, wherein R1 is hydrogen or methyl; R2 is methyl, chlorine, —CF3, —NH2 or —N(CH3)2; R3 is hydrogen, methyl, chlorine or bromine; R4 is hydrogen; R5 is hydrogen, methyl, methoxy, chlorine or bromine.

11. Use of phenylaminoimidazolines of formula Ib according to claim 6, wherein the compound is 2-(3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)imidazolidine, 2-(6-bromo-3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)imidazolidine, 2-(5-amino-2-chloro-4-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine, 2-(3- amino-2-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine or 2-(2-chloro-5-trifluoromethylphenylimino)-imidazolidine.

12. New phenyliminoimidazolidines of general formula II 27embedded image wherein R1 denotes hydrogen, C1-6-alkyl, C3-6-cycloalkyl, C1-6-alkoxy, halogen, —CF3 or —OCF3; R2 denotes —NR6R7 wherein R6 is hydrogen, C3-6-cycloalkyl, C1-6-alkyl, C2-4-acyl, R7 is hydrogen, C3-6-cycloalkyl, C1-6-alkyl, C2-4-acyl, or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form a 5- or 6-membered saturated or unsaturated ring which may contain up to two further heteroatoms from the group comprising oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen, whilst each additional nitrogen atom may be substituted by C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl; or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido; R3 denotes hydrogen, halogen, C1-6-alkyl, C1-6-alkoxy, —CF3 or —OCF3; R4 denotes hydrogen, C1-6-alkyl or halogen; R5 denotes hydrogen, C1-6-alkyl, C1-6-alkoxy, halogen, —CF3 or —OCF3, and the pharmacologically acceptable acid addition salts thereof, with the exception of 2-(3-diethylamino-2-methyl)-imidazolidine.

13. Phenyliminoimidazolidines according to claim 12, wherein R1 denotes hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, cyclopropyl, C1-4-alkoxy, halogen, —CF3 or —OCF3; R2 denotes —NR6R7 wherein R6 is hydrogen, C3-6-cycloalkyl, C1-4-alkyl or acetyl, R7 is hydrogen, cyclopropyl C1-4-alkyl or acetyl, or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido; R3 is hydrogen, halogen, C1-4-alkyl, C1-4-alkoxy, —CF3 or —OCF3; R4 is hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, methyl, halogen; R5 is hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, C1-4-alkoxy, halogen, —CF3 or —OCF3.

14. Phenyliminoimidazolidines according to claim 12, wherein R1 is hydrogen, C1-3-alkyl, n-butyl, isobutyl, sec.-butyl, preferably methyl, cyclopropyl, C1-3-alkoxy, preferably methoxy, halogen, preferably chlorine or bromine, —CF3; R2 denotes —NR6R7 wherein R6 is hydrogen, cyclopropyl, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, R7 denotes hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido; R3 denotes hydrogen, C1-3-alkyl, n-butyl, isobutyl, sec.-butyl, preferably methyl, cyclopropyl, C1-3-alkoxy, preferably methoxy, halogen, preferably chlorine or bromine, —CF3; R4 denotes hydrogen, C1-3-alkyl, n-butyl, isobutyl, sec.-butyl, preferably methyl, cyclopropyl, C1-3-alkoxy, preferably methoxy, halogen, preferably chlorine or bromine; R5 denotes hydrogen, C1-3-alkyl, n-butyl, isobutyl, sec.-butyl, preferably methyl, cyclopropyl, C1-3-alkoxy, preferably methoxy, halogen, preferably chlorine or bromine, —CF3.

15. Phenyliminoimidazolines according to claim 12, wherein R1 is hydrogen or methyl, R2 is —NR6R7 wherein R6 and R7 independently of each other denote hydrogen, methyl or methoxy or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido; R3 denotes hydrogen, methyl, fluorine, chlorine or bromine; R4 denotes hydrogen, R5 denotes hydrogen, methyl, chlorine or bromine.

16. A phenyliminoimidazolidine according to claim 12, which is 2-(3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine, 2-(6-bromo-3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)imidazolidine, 2-(5-amino-2-chloro-4-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine or 2-(3-amino-2-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine.

17. Pharmaceutical preparation comprising a compound of general formula II according to one of claims 12 to 16 as well as conventional diluents, excipients and/or carriers.

18. Process for preparing pharmaceutical preparations according to claim 17, characterised in that compounds of general formula II are mixed with conventional galenic diluents, excipients and/or carriers.

19. Use of compounds of general formula II as defined in any one of claims 12 to 16 for preparing pharmaceutical compositions for the treatment of urinary incontinence, particularly stress incontinence.

20. Analogy processes for preparing compounds of general formula 28embedded image according to any one of claims 12 to 16 characterised in that an aniline of general formula 29embedded image wherein R1 to R5 are as hereinbefore defined is reacted with one of the following compounds 30embedded image or and the compounds obtained according to one of processes a-c are optionally converted into the pharmacologically acceptable acid addition salts thereof.

Description:
[0001] The present invention relates to the use of α1L-agonists for treating urinary incontinence, particularly stress incontinence.

[0002] The cause of stress incontinence in women is usually weakness of the pelvic floor, e.g. after numerous difficult births. However, it may also be due to nerve disorders of the pelvic floor, a congenitally short urethra or, occasionally, damage to the sphincter caused by surgery. The reduction in the oestrogen levels post-menopause further encourages stress incontinence.

[0003] The term stress incontinence refers to a sudden loss of urine, which is caused by incompetence of the bladder outlet during unobtrusive movement of the bladder as a result of interabdominal increases in pressure due to coughing, pressing, sneezing, heavy lifting, etc.

[0004] Surprisingly, it has been found that the α1L-subtype of the adrenergic receptor has a significant effect on the continence mechanism of urether tonicisation.

[0005] The invention relates to the use of α1L-adrenoceptor agonists for treating urinary incontinence, particularly stress incontinence, and for preparing drugs for treating urinary incontinence, particularly stress incontinence. It is particularly interesting to use amino imidazolines of general formula 1embedded image

[0006] and the pharmacologically acceptable acid addition salts thereof.

[0007] In general formula I

[0008] Y denotes an optionally substituted phenyl or napthyl group or

[0009] Y denotes a 5- or 6-membered, optionally fully unsaturated, optionally substituted heterocyclic ring which contains oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen as heteroatoms, and

[0010] X denotes —NH—, —CH2—, —OCH2—, —O—CHCH3—, —CH═N—NH—, —N═N—or —NZ—, wherein Z═—CH2—CH═CH2 or cyclopropylmethyl.

[0011] Preferred compounds are those wherein X is —NH—and/or Y is an optionally substituted thienyl, furyl, pyrrole, tetrahydropyrrole, pyridyl, pyrazinyl, pyranyl, 1,3-thiazolyl, imidazolyl, imidazolinyl, 1,2,4-triazolyl, 1,2,3-triazolyl, tetrazolyl, isothiazolyl, pyrimidinyl, thiazolyl, thiadiazinyl or piperidinyl, bound to the group X via a C atom. It is preferred to use tiamenidine.

[0012] Preferred compounds for this purpose are imidazolines of general formula 2embedded image

[0013] or imidazolines of general formula 3embedded image

[0014] wherein

[0015] R1, R2, R3, R4, and R5denote, independently of one another:

[0016] hydrogen, C1-6-alkyl, preferably C1-4-alkyl, most preferably methyl, C3-6-cycloalkyl, preferably cyclopropyl, C1-6-alkoxy, preferably C1-4-alkoxy, most preferably methoxy, halogen, preferably chlorine or bromine, —CF3, —OCF3 or —NR6R7 wherein

[0017] R6 denotes hydrogen, C3-6-cycloalkyl, C1-6-alkyl, preferably C1-4-alkyl, most preferably methyl, or C2-4-acyl, most preferably acetyl,

[0018] R7 denotes hydrogen, C3-6-cycloalkyl, preferably cyclopropyl, C1-6-alkyl, preferably C1-4-alkyl, most preferably methyl, or C2-4-acyl, most preferably acetyl; or

[0019] R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form a 5- or 6-membered saturated or unsaturated ring which may contain up to two further heteroatoms selected from oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen, whilst each additional nitrogen atom may be substituted by C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl;

[0020] or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido; or

[0021] R1 and R2 together form a fused pyrazole of formula 4embedded image

[0022] wherein R8 is C1-3-alkyl, preferably methyl; or a fused thiadiazole of formula 5embedded image

[0023] wherein R3, R4 and R5 are as hereinbefore defined, and preferably denote hydrogen, and the pharmacologically acceptable acid addition salts thereof.

[0024] Formulae I and I′ and Ib and II are equivalent tautomeric structures. The preparation of one structure (e.g. Ib) includes the other structure (e.g. II) in each case.

[0025] Also preferred are imidazolines of general formula Ib 6embedded image

[0026] wherein

[0027] R1 denotes hydrogen, ethyl, methyl, fluorine, chlorine, bromine or CF3,

[0028] R2 denotes methyl, fluorine, chlorine, bromine or —NR6R7 , wherein

[0029] R6 denotes hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, C2-4-acyl, preferably acetyl and

[0030] R7 denotes hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, C2-4-acyl, preferably acetyl or

[0031] R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido;

[0032] R3 denotes hydrogen, fluorine, chlorine, bromine, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, NH2 or cyclopropyl;

[0033] R4 denotes hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, fluorine, chlorine, bromine or CF3;

[0034] R5 denotes hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, preferably ethyl or methyl, fluorine, chlorine, bromine or CF3; or

[0035] R1 and R2 together form a fused pyrazole of formula 7embedded image

[0036] wherein R8 is methyl, or a fused thiadiazole of the formula 8embedded image

[0037] wherein R3, R4 and R5 are as hereinbefore defined, and preferably represent hydrogen; particularly those wherein

[0038] R1 is hydrogen or methyl;

[0039] R2 is methyl, chlorine, CF3, NH2 or N(CH3)2;

[0040] R3 is hydrogen, methyl, chlorine or bromine;

[0041] R4 is hydrogen;

[0042] R5 is hydrogen, methyl, methoxy, chlorine or bromine.

[0043] Particular mention should be made of the use of 2-(3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)imidazolidine, 2-(6-bromo-3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)imidazolidine, 2-(5-amino-2-chloro-4-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine, 2-(3-amino-2- methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine or 2-(2-chloro-5-trifluoromethylphenylimino)-imidazolidine.

[0044] Examples of heterocyclic groups —NR6R7 are as follows:

[0045] pyrrole, Δ2-pyrroline, Δ3-pyrroline, tetrahydropyrrole, pyrrolidine, pyrrolidinone, imidazole, imidazoline, 1,3-thiazole, piperidine, piperazine, 4-C1-4-alkylpiperazine, C1-4-alkylpiperazine, 2,5-diketopiperazine, preferably N-methylpiperazine, morpholine, thiomorpholine, phthalimido or succinimido.

[0046] Examples of alkyl within the above definitions, including those which are components of other groups, are branched or unbranched C1-6-alkyl groups, e.g. methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, isopropyl, isobutyl, n-butyl, isobutyl, sec.-butyl and tert.-butyl, n-pentyl, isopentyl, neopentyl, hexyl and isohexyl.

[0047] Cycloalkyl generally represents a saturated cyclic hydrocarbon group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms which may optionally be substituted with a halogen atom or several halogen atoms, a hydroxy group, an alkyl group, preferably methyl, which may be the same as or different from one another. Examples include cyclopropyl, cyclobutyl, cyclopentyl, cyclopentenyl, cyclohexyl, cyclohexenyl.

[0048] Some of the imidazolines defined in general formula Ib are new. The invention therefore also relates to new substituted 2-phenylimino-imidazolidines, their use in pharmaceutical compositions and to processes for preparing them.

[0049] 2-(Phenylimino)-imidazolidines, the preparation thereof and their use as pharmaceutical compositions are known, for example from German Patent Application Nos. DE-OS-19 29 950 and DE-OS-23 16 377, in which the hypotensive properties of the compounds described are particularly emphasised.

[0050] New substituted 2-(phenylimino)-imidazolidines of general formula II 9embedded image

[0051] have surprising pharmacological properties and are particularly suitable for treating urinary incontinence.

[0052] The invention thus relates to compounds of general formula II 10embedded image

[0053] wherein

[0054] R1 denotes hydrogen, C1-6-alkyl, preferably C1-4-alkyl, most preferably methyl, C3-6-cycloalkyl, preferably cyclopropyl, C1-6-alkoxy, preferably C1-4-alkoxy, most preferably methoxy, halogen, preferably chlorine or bromine, —CF3 or —OCF3;

[0055] R2 denotes —NR6R7 wherein

[0056] R6 denotes hydrogen, C3-6-cycloalkyl, C1-6-alkyl, preferably C1-4-alkyl, most preferably methyl, C2-4-acyl, most preferably acetyl;

[0057] R7 denotes hydrogen, cyclopropyl, C3-6-cycloalkyl, C1-6-alkyl, preferably C1-4-alkyl, most preferably methyl, C2-4-acyl, most preferably acetyl; or

[0058] R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form a 5- or 6-membered saturated or unsaturated ring which may contain up to two additional heteroatoms selected from the group of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen, whilst each additional nitrogen atom may be substituted by C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl; or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom from phthalimido;

[0059] R3 denotes hydrogen, halogen, C1-6-alkyl, preferably C1-4-alkyl, most preferably methyl, C1-6-alkoxy, preferably C1-4-alkoxy, most preferably hydrogen, methoxy, —CF3 or —OCF3;

[0060] R4 denotes hydrogen, C1-6-alkyl, preferably C1-4-alkyl, most preferably methyl, hydrogen or halogen;

[0061] R5 denotes hydrogen, C1-6-alkyl, preferably C1-4-alkyl, most preferably methyl, C1-6-alkoxy, preferably C1-4-alkoxy, most preferably methoxy, halogen, —CF3 or —OCF3,

[0062] and the pharmacologically acceptable acid addition salts thereof, with the exception of 2-(3-diethylamino-2-methyl)-imidazolidine.

[0063] Preferred compounds of general formula II are those wherein

[0064] R1 denotes hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, cyclopropyl, C1-4-alkoxy, halogen, CF3 or —OCF3;

[0065] R2 denotes —NR6R7 wherein

[0066] R6 is hydrogen, C3-6-cycloalkyl, C1-4-alkyl or acetyl,

[0067] R7 is hydrogen, cyclopropyl C1-4-alkyl or acetyl, or

[0068] R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido;

[0069] R3 is hydrogen, halogen, C1-4-alkyl, C1-4-alkoxy, CF3 or —OCF3;

[0070] R4 is hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, methyl, halogen;

[0071] R5 is hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, C1-4-alkoxy, halogen, CF3 or —OCF3; particularly those wherein

[0072] R1 is hydrogen, C1-3-alkyl, n-butyl, isobutyl, sec.-butyl, preferably methyl, cyclopropyl, C1-3-alkoxy, preferably methoxy, halogen, preferably chlorine or bromine, CF3;

[0073] R2 denotes —NR6R7 wherein

[0074] R6 is hydrogen, cyclopropyl, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl,

[0075] R7 denotes hydrogen, C1-4-alkyl, preferably methyl, or R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido;

[0076] R3 denotes hydrogen, C1-3-alkyl, n-butyl, isobutyl, sec.-butyl, preferably methyl, cyclopropyl, C1-3-alkoxy, preferably methoxy, halogen, preferably chlorine or bromine, CF3;

[0077] R4 denotes hydrogen, C1-3-alkyl, n-butyl, isobutyl, sec.-butyl, preferably methyl, cyclopropyl, C1-3-alkoxy, preferably methoxy, halogen, preferably chlorine or bromine;

[0078] R5 denotes hydrogen, C1-3-alkyl, n-butyl, isobutyl, sec.-butyl, preferably methyl, cyclopropyl, C1-3-alkoxy, preferably methoxy, halogen, preferably chlorine or bromine, CF3; particularly those wherein

[0079] R1 is hydrogen or methyl,

[0080] R2 is —NR6R7 wherein

[0081] R6 and R7 independently of each other denote hydrogen, methyl or methoxy or

[0082] R6 and R7 together with the nitrogen atom form phthalimido;

[0083] R3 denotes hydrogen, methyl, fluorine, chlorine or bromine;

[0084] R4 denotes hydrogen,

[0085] R5 denotes hydrogen, methyl, chlorine or bromine;

[0086] and the pharmacologically acceptable acid salts thereof, especially the hydrobromides or hydrochlorides thereof.

[0087] Particular mention should be made of the following compounds, for example:

[0088] 2-(3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)imidazolidine, 2-(6-bromo-3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)imidazolidine, 2-(5-amino-2-chloro-4-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine and 2-(3-amino-2-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine.

[0089] The compounds of general formula I and II may be prepared according to analogous processes known per se from the prior art. A selection of the preferred processes are shown in the following synthetic schemes with reference to concrete Examples. 11embedded image

[0090] The preferred processes for preparing the compounds according to the invention will be explained with reference to individual Examples. 12embedded image

[0091] The methylation of the starting material, 2-methyl-3-nitro-aniline, may also be carried out analogously to the Leuckart-Wallach reaction using HCOOH/CH2O or using dimethylcarbonate instead of dimethylsulphate.

[0092] Compound 2 can be prepared by bromination of compound 1 under conventional reaction conditions 13embedded image

[0093] The following synthetic scheme illustrates the preparation of compounds 2, 3 and 4 14embedded image

[0094] Other alternative methods of synthesis are illustrated below. 15embedded image

[0095] Compound 5 and compounds of similar structure can be prepared analogously to a method described by N. R. Ayyangar (Synthesis 1987, 64). 16embedded image

EXAMPLE 1

[0096] 2-(3-Dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)imidazolidine

[0097] 1st Step 83.6 g of 2-methyl-3-nitroaniline, 190 g of K2CO3 and 260 ml of water are together heated to 100° C. 27 ml of dimethylsulphate are added dropwise over 1 hour, then the mixture is heated for a further hour. After cooling to ambient temperature, the top layer is removed and the aqueous phase remaining is extracted four times with ether.

[0098] The combined ether extracts are combined with the upper layer, dried with MgSO4 and evaporated down in vacuo. 73 g of N, N-dimethyl-2-methyl-3-nitroaniline are obtained.

[0099] 2nd Step 73 g of N,N-dimethyl-2-methyl-3-nitroaniline are dissolved in 800 ml of methanol and hydrogenated at 20° C. under 5 bar of hydrogen using Raney nickel as catalyst. 57 g of 3-dimethylamino-2-methylaniline are obtained.

[0100] 3rd Step 57 g of 3-dimethylamino-2-methyl-aniline. 1.15 liters of acetone, 36.6 g of KSCN and 43.8 ml of benzoylchloride are refluxed together for 3 hours. After cooling to ambient temperature the reaction mixture is poured onto 2.4 kg of crushed ice. The precipitate obtained is heated to 60° C. for 2 hours together with 85 g of KOH, 85 ml of water and 255 ml of ethanol. After the addition of 850 ml of water the ethanol is distilled off under reduced pressure. After the resulting precipitate has been worked up, 72 g of N-(3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenyl)-thiourea are obtained.

[0101] 4th Step

[0102] 72 g of the thiourea from Step 3 are taken up in 345 ml of methanol and after the addition of 22.6 ml of methyliodide the mixture is refluxed for 2 hours. The resulting solution is evaporated down under reduced pressure; 120 g of N-(3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenyl)-S-methyl-isothiourea hydroiodide are obtained.

[0103] 5th Step

[0104] 120 g of the thiourea from Step 4 in 350 ml of methanol are combined with 34.4 ml of 1,2-diaminoethane and refluxed for 17 hours. The reaction mixture is then evaporated down in vacuo and the residue is taken up in water. The pH is adjusted to 7 using dilute hydrochloric acid. The aqueous phase is extracted 3 times with ethyl acetate. Then the aqueous phase is made alkaline with 5N NaOH and extracted a further 3 times with ethyl acetate, these extracts are combined, dried with MgSO4 and evaporated down in vacuo. An oil is obtained which is chromatographed over silica gel (eluant toluene, dioxane, ethanol, ammonia 10:8:3:1=“Super-T”).

[0105] 17.9 g of 2-(3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenyl-imino)-imidazolidine are obtained. Melting point 116-118° C.

EXAMPLE 2

[0106] 2-(6-Bromo-3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)Imidazolidine

[0107] 6.55 g of 2-(3-Dimethylamino-2-methylphenyl-imino)-imidazolidine are dissolved in 75 ml of chloroform and 1.53 ml of bromine are added, with stirring, at 0° C. After 2 hours at 0° C. the solution is evaporated down under reduced pressure and the residue thus obtained is mixed with dilute hydrochloric acid. The aqueous solution is extracted twice with ether, then the aqueous phase is made alkaline with dilute NaOH and extracted three more times with ether. The combined ether extracts are evaporated down under reduced pressure and the residue remaining is worked up by chromatography (silica gel, eluant “Super-T” (Example 1)).

[0108] 3.4 g of 2-(6-bromo-3-dimethylamino-2-methyl-phenylimino)-imidazolidine are obtained, Mp. 157 -158° C., as a white powder.

[0109] The following compounds were prepared analogously to the processes described:

[0110] 2-(4-bromo-3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(4,6-dibromo-3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(6-chloro-3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(3-acetylamino-6-chlorophenylimino)-imidazolidine, Mp. 236-238° C. 2-(2-methyl-3-phthalimidophenylimino)-imidazolidine, Mp. 189-190° C. 2-(6-chloro-3-phthalimidophenylimino)-imidazolidine, Mp. 239-241° C. 2-(5-amino-2-chloro-4-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine, Mp. 155-157° C. 2-(3-amino-4-fluorophenylimino)-imidazolidine, (2HCl ), Mp. 222° C. 2-(3-amino-4-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine, (HCl), 2-(3-amino-6-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine, (HCl), Mp. 194-196° C. 2-(3-amino-6-chlorophenylimino)-imidazolidine, (HCl), Mp. 197-198° C. 2-(3-amino-4,6-dibromo-2-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine, Mp. 154-155° C. 2-(3-amino-2-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine, (HCl ), Mp. 204-206° C.

[0111] The following compounds are specifically mentioned by name:

[0112] 2-(2,6-diethylphenyl-imino)-imidazolidine 2-(2-chloro-6-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(2,6-dichloro-phenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(2-chloro-4-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(2,4-dichlorophenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(2-chloro-5-trifluoromethylphenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(5fluoro-2-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(3-bromo-2-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(2-chloro-3-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(2-fluoro-6-trifluoromethylphenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(2-chloro-4-cyclopropylphenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(4-amino-3,5-dibromophenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(3-fluoro-4-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine 2-(6-bromo-2-fluorophenylimino)-imidazolidine 4-(2-imidazolin-2-ylamino)-2-methylindazole 5-chloro-4-(imidazolin-2-yl-amino)-benzothiadiazole (Tizanidine) 2-[(2-chloro-4-methyl-3-thienyl)amino]-2-imidazoline (Tiamenidine) 2-(2,5-dichlorophenylimino)-imidazolidine

[0113] The compounds of general formulae I and II according to the invention may be converted into their physiologically acceptable acid addition salts in the usual way. Examples of acids suitable for salt formation include, for example, inorganic acids such as hydrochloric acid, hydrobromic acid, hydriodic acid, hydrofluoric acid, sulphuric acid, phosphoric acid, nitric acid or organic acids such as acetic acid, propionic acid, butyric acid, caproic acid, capric acid, valerie acid, oxalic acid, malonic acid, succinic acid, maleic acid, fumaric acid, lactic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid, maleic acid, benzoic acid, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, p-aminobenzoic acid, phthalic acid, cinnamic acid, salicylic acid, ascorbic acid, methanesulphonic acid and ethanephosphonic acid.

[0114] The corresponding hydrobromides and hydrochlorides are preferred as the acid addition salts.

[0115] Pharmaceutical compositions comprising the compounds described may be used in the form of capsules, suppositories, solutions, syrups, emulsions or dispersible powders. Corresponding tablets may be obtained, for example, by mixing the active substance or substances with known excipients such as inert diluents, e.g. calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate or lactose, disintegrates such as corn starch or alginic acid, binders such as starch or gelatin, lubricants such as magnesium stearate or talc, and/or agents for obtaining delayed release, such as carboxypolymethylene, carboxymethylcellulose, cellulose acetate phthalate, or polyvinyl acetate. The tablets may also consist of several layers.

[0116] Coated tablets may be produced accordingly, by coating cores made analogously to the tablets with agents conventionally used for tablet coating, e.g. collide or shellac, gum arabic, talc, titanium dioxide or sugar. In order to achieve delayed release or prevent incompatibilities, the core may also consist of several layers. Similarly, the tablet coating may consist of several layers in order to achieve delayed release, and the excipients mentioned for the tablets may be used.

[0117] Syrups of the active substances or combinations of active substances according to the invention may additionally contain a sweetener such as saccharin, cyclamate, glycerol or sugar and a flavour enhancer, e.g. ea flavoring such as vanillin or orange extract. They may also contain suspension adjuvants or thickeners such as sodium carboxymethylcellulose, wetting agents, e.g. condensation products of fatty alcohols with ethylene oxide, or preservatives such as p-hydroxybenzoate.

[0118] Injectable solutions are prepared in the usual way, e.g. by adding preservatives such as p-hydroxybenzoate or stabilisers such as alkali metal salts of ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid and are then transferred into injection vials or ampoules.

[0119] The capsules containing the active substance or combination of active substances may be prepared, for example, by mixing the active ingredients with inert carriers such as lactose or sorbitol and packaging the mixture in gelatine capsules.

[0120] Suitable suppositories may be produced, for example, by mixing with carriers provided for this purpose such as neutral fats of polyethyleneglycol or derivatives thereof.

[0121] For transdermal application the active substances according to the invention may be incorporated in suitable carriers (plasters), e.g. made of polyacrylates. Suitable adjuvants may be used in order to increase the release rate.

[0122] For oral administration a dosage of 1 to 50 mg is proposed as a therapeutically single dose.

Example A

[0123] Tablets 1

2-(3-Dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)-10 mg
imidazolidine.HBr
Lactose65 mg
Corn starch125 mg
sec. Calcium phosphate40 mg
Soluble starch3 mg
Magnesium stearate4 mg
Colloidal silica4 mg
Total251 mg

[0124] Preparation

[0125] The active substance is mixed with some of the excipients, kneaded intensively with an aqueous solution of the soluble starch and granulated with a sieve in the usual way. The granules are combined with the remaining excipients and compressed into tablet cores weighing 250 mg which are then coated in the usual way using sugar, talc and gum arabic.

Example B

[0126] Ampoules 2

2-(3-Dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)-1.0mg
imidazolidine.HBr
Sodium chloride18.0mg
Sufficient distilled water to make up to2.0ml

[0127] Preparation

[0128] The active substance and sodium chloride are dissolved in water and transferred into glass ampoules under nitrogen.

Example C

[0129] Drops 3

2-(3-Dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)-0.02g
imidazolidine.HBr
Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate0.07g
Propyl p-hydroxybenzoate0.03g
Sufficient demineralised water to make up to100ml

Example D

[0130] Injectable Solution 4

2-(3-Dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)-1.5 parts
imidazolidine.HBr
Sodium salt of ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid0.2 parts
Sufficient distilled water to make up to100.0 parts

[0131] Preparation

[0132] The active substance and the sodium salt of ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid are dissolved in sufficient water and topped up to the desired volume with water. The solution is filtered to remove any suspended particles and transferred into 2 ml ampoules under aseptic conditions. Finally, the ampoules are sterilized and sealed. Each ampoule contains 20 mg of active substance.

[0133] One advantage of the compounds described is that they act primarily on the urethra and have little or no effect on the cardiovascular system.

[0134] The selective pharmacological activity of the compounds according to the invention is demonstrated by the compound of Example 2—2-(6-bromo-3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenylimino)-imidazolidine—and a comparison compound, Phenyleprine, by measuring the intraluminal pressure of the urethra and blood pressure in the rabbit.

[0135] Female Japanese white rabbits (weighing 3.0 to 3.5 kg) are anaesthetised with urethane (1 g/kg i.p.). A polyethylene cannula is inserted in the urinary bladder by means of a small incision. The changes in the intraluminal pressure are recorded by means of balloon in the urethra which contains about 1.5 ml of water at 37° C. The intraurethral pressure is recorded on a polygraph by means of a pressure-voltage transducer.

[0136] The neck is opened up and the carotid artery is cannulated in order to measure the blood pressure and at the same time the trachea is intubated in order to maintain breathing. The changes in blood pressure are recorded on a polygraph by means of a pressure-voltage transducer. Heart rate is measured using a tachometer.

[0137] Phenylephrine and the compound of Example 2 are introduced into the Vena femoralis i.v. through a polyethylene cannula. Dosages of 30 μg/kg of Phenylephrine are compared with 10 μg/kg of the compound of Example 2.

[0138] Compared with Phenylephrine the compound of Example 2 according to the invention exhibits a potency which is higher by a factor of 2.73 with regard to the contraction of the urethra and with a duration of effect which is longer by a factor of 4.3. By comparison, the increase in blood pressure with the compound according to the invention is only 1.39 times that of the comparison compound Phenylephrine. It is notable that the increase in blood pressure is prolonged only to an insignificant degree (by a factor of 1.17) compared with Phenylephrine. These experiments show that the compounds according to the invention have a selective effect on the urethra. Being selective α1L-adrenoreceptor agonists, the compounds according to the invention are suitable for treating problems of urinary incontinence, particularly for treating stress incontinence.

[0139] The test results are shown in Table 1. 5

TABLE 1
ContractionIncrease
of theDurationin bloodDuration
urethraof effectpressureof effect
Phenylephrine100100100100
Example 2273430139117
Data given in %
Example 2 = 2-(6-bromo-3-dimethylamino-2-methylphenyl-imino)imidazolidine