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Orphenadrine

Orphenadrine
By Medicover Hospitals / 18 Feb 2021
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  • Orphenadrine is available only as a prescription drug. This comes as an extended-release oral tablet. An extended-release tablet will slowly release the drug into the bloodstream. This treatment is often given as an intravenous (IV) injection and an intramuscular (IM) injection by a healthcare provider only. The oral tablet of Orphenadrine is available as a generic drug only. Orphenadrine is often used in musculoskeletal disorders to relieve muscle pain. It is used for rest, physical therapy, and other therapies.
    1. Orphenadrine Uses
    2. Side effects
    3. Precautions
    4. Dosage
    5. Storage
    6. Orphenadrine vs Cyclobenzaprine
    7. FAQ's

    Uses:

  • Orphenadrine belongs to a class of drugs called relaxants of the skeletal muscle. It functions by adjusting the way muscle pain is felt by the body. Orphenadrine is an oral skeletal muscle relaxant with a central action that is used to treat acute muscle aches, discomfort, or spasms. The precise mechanism of action for the relief of muscle aches or spasms is not fully known. By acting on motor centers of the medulla in the brain, orphenadrine can reduce muscle spasms.
  • Orphenadrine Side Effects

  • Some of the common side effects of Orphenadrine are:
    • Dry mouth
    • Drowsiness
    • Dizziness
    • Upset stomach
    • Vomiting
    • Constipation
    • Difficulty in Urinating
    • Headache
  • Some of the serious side effects of Orphenadrine are:
    • Fast and irregular heartbeat
    • Fainting
    • Confusion
    • Hallucinations
    • Skin Rash
  • If you have any of these serious symptoms immediately contact your doctor for further assistance. In any case, due to Orphenadrine if you get any kind of reactions in your body try avoiding it.
  • A doctor advised you to take the medicines by seeing your problems and the benefits of this medicine are greater than the side effects. Majority of the people who use this medicine don’t show any side effects. Get medical help immediately if you get any serious Orphenadrine side effects.
  • Precautions:

  • Before taking Orphenadrine talk with your doctor if you are allergic to it or any other medications. The product may contain some inactive ingredients which can create some serious allergic and disorders in the body
  • Before taking Orphenadrine talk with your doctor if you are having any medical history such as:
    • Glaucoma
    • Esophagus problems
    • Difficulty while urinating
    • Certain type of muscles or Nerve diseases
    • Heart problems

    How to take Orphenadrine?

  • Orphenadrine comes as a tablet and a (long-acting) extended-release tablet. It is normally taken twice on a daily basis. Try taking orphenadrine at about the same time every day. Orphenadrine should be taken orally, as prescribed by the doctor, with or without food. Do not increase the dose of this drug or use it more frequently or longer than required. It will not improve your condition any sooner, and it will raise your risk of side effects.
  • Dosage

    Dosage for muscle pain

  • Generic: Orphenadrine
    • Form:oral tablet (100 mg)
  • Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older):
  • Typically starting dosage: 200 mg per day (100 mg tablet in the morning and 100 mg tablet in the Evening)
  • Missed Dose:

  • Missing one or two-dose of Orphenadrine won’t show any effect on your body. The skipped dose causes no problem. But with some medication, it won’t work if you don’t take the dosage on time. If you miss a dose some sudden chemical change may affect your body. In some cases, your doctor would advise you to take the prescribed medicine as soon as possible if you have missed the dose.
  • Overdose:

  • Overdose of a drug can be accidental. If you have taken more than the prescribed Orphenadrine tablets there is a chance of getting a harmful effect on your body’s functions. Overdose of a medicine can lead to some medical emergency.
  • Warnings for some Serious Health Conditions

    For people with Heart Problems:

  • If you have heart disease, decreased blood flow to your heart, or a rapid or irregular heart rate, ask your doctor if this drug is appropriate for you. Your condition can be made worse by this medicine.
  • For people with Eye problems:

  • The blood pressure in the eyes can be enhanced by this medicine. If you have glaucoma, you cannot use this drug. Your glaucoma will get worse with it. Before taking this prescription, inform your doctor if you have a history of eye problems.
  • For people with Stomach problems:

  • If you have any kinds of ulcers or another blockage in your digestive tract, you shouldn't take this drug. If you have a history of stomach issues, tell your doctor. If this medication is safe for you, your doctor will determine.
  • Storage:

  • Direct contact with heat, air and light may damage your medicines. Exposure to medicine may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach.
  • Mainly the drug should be kept at room temperature between 68ºF and 77ºF (20ºC and 25ºC).
  • Before taking Orphenadrine consult your Doctor. In case if you face any problems or get any side effects after taking Orphenadrine rush immediately to your nearby hospital or consult your doctor for better treatment. Carry your medications always in your bag while travelling to avoid any immediate emergencies. Follow your prescription and follow your Doctor advice whenever you take Orphenadrine.
  • Orphenadrine vs. Cyclobenzaprine

    Orphenadrine
    Cyclobenzaprine
    Orphenadrine is available only as a prescription drug. This comes as an extended-release oral tablet. An extended-release tablet will slowly release the drug into the bloodstream. Cyclobenzaprine is used to relax the muscles and reduce pain and irritation caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries through rest, physical therapy, and other interventions.
    Orphenadrine belongs to a class of drugs called relaxants of the skeletal muscle. It functions by adjusting the way muscle pain is felt by the body Cyclobenzaprine is part of a class of drugs called relaxants of the skeletal muscle. It works to encourage the muscles to relax by working on the brain and nervous system
    Some of the common side effects of Orphenadrine are:
    • -Dry mouth
    • -Drowsiness
    • -Dizziness
    • -Upset stomach
    • -Vomiting
    Most of the common side effects of Imodium are:
    • -Dry mouth
    • -Dizziness
    • -Nausea
    • -Constipation
    • -Heartburn

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Orphenadrine belongs to a class of drugs called relaxants of the skeletal muscle. It functions by adjusting the way muscle pain is felt by the body.
    Orphenadrine is a mixture of a muscle relaxant, a pain reliever and caffeine that improves the pain-relieving effects of the other medications used to treat injuries and other painful muscle conditions together with rest and physical therapy.
    Orphenadrine oral tablets can cause drowsiness and other side effects may also be caused.
    There might be dry mouth, dizziness, sleepiness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, nausea, throwing up, and constipation. Tell your physician or pharmacist immediately if any of these symptoms persist or worsen.
    Orphenadrine has a 1-hour onset of action after oral administration. The onset of action is approximately 5 minutes after IM injection and with IV administration almost instantly. The plasma half-life of the drug is 14 hours with a 4 to 6-hour period of action.
    To generate its muscle relaxant effects, orphenadrine works in the central nervous system (CNS). Aspirin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for pain relief and fever control.

    Citations:

  • Orphenadrine, https://bpspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-2125.2009.03446.x
  • Effects of Orphenadrine,https://journals.lww.com/eurojgh/Abstract/2020/08000/Orphenadrine_in_treatment_of_muscle_cramps_in.20.aspx