Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adult: As orphenadrine HCl: Initially, 150 mg daily in divided doses, increased by 50 mg every 2-3 days according to response. Usual maintenance dose: 150-300 mg daily. Max: 400 mg daily in divided doses.

Muscle spasms
Adult: As orphenadrine citrate: 100 mg twice daily.

Muscle spasms
Adult: As orphenadrine citrate: 60 mg every 12 hr by IM or slow IV inj.
May be taken with or without food. May be taken w/ meals if GI upset occurs.
Prostatic hypertrophy, tardive dyskinesia, porphyria, urinary retention, paralytic ileus, pyloric stenosis, glaucoma, risk of developing hyperpyrexia, cardiospasm, and myasthenia gravis.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ conditions characterized by tachycardia (e.g heart failure, thyrotoxicosis); cardiac arrhythmias, HTN, cardiac impairment, coronary insufficiency, micturition difficulties, history of drug abuse, acute alcoholism. Avoid abrupt withdrawal. Renal and hepatic impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: CNS depression, tachycardia, euphoria, potential for abuse, increased intraocular pressure, GI obstruction, skeletal muscle pain/spasm.
Nervous: Dizziness, drowsiness, restlessness, sedation, confusion, nervousness, hallucinations, convulsions, insomnia, coordination disturbances, light-headedness, headache, agitation, tremor, weakness.
CV: Palpitation.
GI:Dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, GI disturbances, constipation, gastric irritation.
Resp:Nasal congestion.
Genitourinary: Urinary retention/hesitancy.
Ophthalmologic: Accommodation disorders, blurred vision, nystagmus, dilatation of pupils.
Dermatologic: Pruritus, urticaria.
IM/IV/Parenteral/PO: C
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause dizziness, drowsiness, slight euphoria or blurred vision, if affected, do not drive or operate machineries.
Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, flushing, dilated pupils, dry mouth and tongue, hot dry skin, fever, sinus tachycardia, HTN, ataxia, nystagmus, drowsiness, delirium, agitation and visual hallucinations. Management: Supportive treatment. Administer activated charcoal or gastric lavage w/in 1 hr of ingestion. Establish patent airway and provide oxygen or ventilation to correct hypoxia or hypercapnoea. Monitor body temp. Convulsions or delirium can be treated w/diazepam. Maintain BP, may give intravascular vol expanders, adrenaline, dopamine, dobutamine if necessary. Administer Na bicarbonate for cardiac dysrhythmias.
Drug Interactions
Increased anti-muscarinic effects (e.g. risk of severe constipation, ileus, atropine-like psychoses and heat stroke) w/ anticholinergic drugs, antihistamines, antispasmodics, tricyclic antidepressants, phenothiazines, dopaminergic anti-parkinsonian drugs (e.g. amantadine) and anti-arrhythmics (e.g. disopyramide). May cause confusion, anxiety and tremors w/ propoxyphene. May cause skeletal muscle spasms/pain w/ analgesics.
Description: Orphenadrine is a tertiary amine antimuscarinic which exerts antiparkinsonian action by inhibiting excess central cholinergic effects that occur due to dopamine deficiency. It reduces muscle spasms possibly by its atropine-like effect on the medulla or on cerebral motor centers.
Onset: 2-4 hr (oral).
Duration: Reduction of muscle spasms: 4-6 hr.
Absorption: Readily absorbed from the GI tract.
Distribution: Plasma protein binding: 20%.
Metabolism: Almost completely metabolised in the liver into at least 8 metabolites.
Excretion: Via urine (as metabolites, 8% as unchanged drug). Elimination half-life: 14-16 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Orphenadrine, CID=4601, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Orphenadrine (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C.
ATC Classification
N04AB02 - orphenadrine (chloride) ; Belongs to the class of anticholinergic agents, ethers chemically close to antihistamines. Used in the management of Parkinson's disease.
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