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Metabolic Pathway of Diazepam

Diazepam undergoes either N-dealkylation, producing nordiazepam, or 3hydroxylation, yielding temazepam. Dealkylation is a chemical process through
which alkyl groups are removed from a given compound. An alkyl group is a
functional group on an organic molecule that is derived from an alkane that has
lost a hydrogen atom. Hydroxylation is a chemical process that introduces a
hydroxyl group (-OH) into an organic compound. Each of these metabolites is
converted to oxazepam by 3-hydroxylation or N-dealkylation respectively.