2-Mercapto-5-methoxybenzimidazole is used in the preparation of COX-2 inhibitors. It is also employed in the preparation of compounds such as 5-methoxy-2-[[(4-methoxy-3,5-dimethyl-2-pyridinyl)methyl]sulfonyl]-1H-benzimidazole and 5-methoxy-2-[[(4-methoxy-3,5-dimethylpyridin-2-yl-1-oxide)methyl]sulfonyl]-1H-benzimidazole. Further, it acts as a hetercocyclic building block and serves as an intermediate of drug omeprazole.
Soluble in dimethyl sulfoxide. Slightly soluble in methanol. Insoluble in water.
Air sensitive. Store in a cool place. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents, acids, bases and reducing agents.
|255° to 259°C|
Safety and Handling
GHS H Statement
Causes skin irritation.
Causes serious eye irritation.
May cause respiratory irritation.
GHS P Statement
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapors/spray.
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing.
Store locked up.
Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.