Arylcyclohexylamines are a class of pharmaceutical chemicals known for their neurological and anesthetic properties. The chemical class contains around 90 compounds based on variation in the structure and functional group. The representative chemical for the class is composed of a cyclohexylamine unit paired with an aryl functional group. The aryl functional group is commonly a phenyl ring with possible additional components.
The compounds are known for their proven anesthetic properties, which have been defined as early as 1901. Additional effects of the compounds include stimulant activity, neuroprotective effects, and cognitive enhancement.
Readily available forms of Arylcyclohexylamines used extensively in pharmacological research include Deschloroketamine (DCK) and 2-Fluorodeschloroketamine (2-FDCK). These compounds are favored for research as pharmacological agents for neurological, psychological and epidemiological applications.