Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Orthostatic hypotension
Adult: Initially, 2.5 mg 2-3 times daily, adjusted gradually according to response at weekly intervals, up to 10 mg tid. Last dose of the day should not be taken after evening meal or <4 hr before bedtime to reduce potential for supine HTN.
Renal Impairment
Initially, 2.5 mg 2-3 times daily, gradually increased as tolerated.
Should be taken with food.
Severe organic heart disease (e.g. bradycardia, ischaemic heart disease, CHF), acute renal failure, urinary retention, phaeochromocytoma, thyrotoxicosis, persistent and excessive supine HTN.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ DM, history of visual problems (esp when taken w/ fludrocortisone). Hepatic and renal impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Supine and sitting HTN, bradycardia, paraesthesia, pilomotor reaction, chills, pruritus, rash; urinary urge, urinary retention, urinary frequency; headache, fullness in the head, vasodilation, flushing face, confusion, dry mouth, anxiety. Rarely, visual field defect, dizziness, skin hyperaesthesia, insomnia, somnolence, erythema multiforme, canker sore, dry skin; dysuria, impaired urination, asthenia, backache, pyrosis, GI distress, flatulence, leg cramps.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor supine and sitting BP; hepatic and renal function.
Symptoms: HTN, piloerection, coldness, urinary retention. Management: Induce emesis. Admin of α-sympatholytic drugs (e.g. phentolamine) may be beneficial.
Drug Interactions
Enhanced pressor effects w/ α-adrenergic agonists (e.g. phenylephrine, ephedrine, dihydroergotamine, phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine). Reduced effect w/ α-adrenergic blockers (e.g. prazosin, terazosin, doxazosin). May precipitate bradycardia, AV block, or arrhythmia w/ cardiac glycosides.
Mechanism of Action: Midodrine, a direct-acting sympathomimetic amine, is a prodrug which forms an active metabolite, desglymidodrine. It selectively activates the α1-adrenergic receptors of the arteriolar and venous vasculature, producing peripheral vasoconstriction and elevation of BP.
Onset: Approx 1 hr.
Duration: 2-3 hr.
Absorption: Well absorbed from the GI tract. Bioavailability: 93% (desglymidodrine). Time to peak plasma concentration: 30 min (midodrine); 1-2 hr (desglymidodrine).
Distribution: Poorly crosses the blood brain barrier. Plasma protein binding: <30%.
Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver and other tissues. Undergoes rapid deglycination into its active metabolite, desglymidodrine.
Excretion: Via urine (80% as desglymidodrine). Elimination half-life: 25 min (midodrine); approx 3-4 hr (desglymidodrine).
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Midodrine, CID=4195, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Midodrine (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store between 20-25˚C. Protect from light and moisture.
MIMS Class
ATC Classification
C01CA17 - midodrine ; Belongs to the class of adrenergic and dopaminergic cardiac stimulants excluding glycosides. Used in the treatment of hypotension.
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