Why do some drugs end with the suffix -ine?

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Drugs ending with "ine" are alkaloids. They are bitter tasting and in all cases poisonous, probably a protection for the plants that produce them. All of them contain nitrogen, and in small doses are used as drugs. Although opium does not end in "ine", it contains a cocktail of 26 alkaloids that do end in "ine", the most significant being morphine and codeine.

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Being an ex-user of cocaine I can tell you first hand that it doesn't stay in your system very long at all after use on its own. Cocaine along with all other alkaloids (drugs that end in the -ine suffix) have a very short half life. Cocaine specifically has a 1 hour half life. Half-life is the time it takes for a substance, in this case being cocaine, to lose its pharmacologic, physiologic, or radiologic activity. Meaning that a small dose could possibly be undetectable in 2 hours. However, the more frequent you use it and the higher the dosage will determine how long it actually is in your system. I believe the longest I have heard of an alkaloid staying in your system for is roughly 4 days and that is from a drug that has a 36 hour half-life.

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