Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Moderate acute pain, Moderate chronic pain
Adult: Initially, 60 mg tid. Usual dose: 30-90 mg tid, adjusted according to patient’s response.
Child: ≥12 yr Same as adult dose.
Elderly: Initially, 30 mg tid.
May be taken with or without food. May be taken w/ meals if GI discomfort occurs.
History of convulsive disorders. Concomitant use w/ MAOI(s).
Special Precautions
Patient w/ angle closure glaucoma, urinary retention, history of ischaemic heart disease. Hepatic and renal impairment. Elderly, childn. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Sympathomimetic effect (e.g. tachycardia, aggravation or precipitation of angina). Rarely, pink discolouration of urine.
Nervous: Insomnia, drowsiness, dizziness, paraesthesia, tremor, lightheadedness, nervousness, confusion, hallucinations, headache, syncope, euphoria, convulsions.
CV: Hypotension, palpitations, tachycardia.
GI: Nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, abdominal pain, diarrhoea.
Genitourinary: Urinary retention.
Ophthalmologic: Blurred vision.
Dermatologic: Sweating, angioedema.
Immunologic: Hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. erythema multiforme, anaphylaxis).
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause drowsiness, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Symptoms: Convulsions, hallucinations, agitation, coma, tachycardia w/ a hyperdynamic circulation. Management: Supportive treatment. May perform gastric lavage, forced emesis or diuresis. Administer activated charcoal, to prevent absorption. May give diazepam for convulsions, hallucinations, and β-adrenergic blockers for CV complications.
Drug Interactions
Increased risk of convulsion w/ TCA. Additive adverse effect w/ other antimuscarinic or sympathomimetic agents.
Potentially Fatal: May cause hypertensive crisis w/ MAOI(s).
Lab Interference
False positive result to screening test for benzodiazepines and opioids.
Description: Nefopam is a potent, centrally-acting, non-opioid analgesic w/ rapid onset of action. It acts on the CNS, but the exact mechanism of action is still unclear. It also has antimuscarinic and sympathomimetic actions.
Absorption: Absorbed from the GI tract. Time to peak plasma concentration: Approx 1-3 hr.
Distribution: Enters breast milk. Plasma protein binding: Approx 73%.
Metabolism: Extensively metabolised in the liver.
Excretion: Mainly via urine (<5% as unchanged drug); faeces (8%). Elimination half-life: Approx 4 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Nefopam, CID=4450, (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store below 25°C.
ATC Classification
N02BG06 - nefopam ; Belongs to the class of other analgesics and antipyretics.
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