Norgesic muscle relaxant is used, along with rest and physical therapy, to treat injuries and other painful muscular conditions. The mode of action of orphenadrine has not been clearly identified, but may be related to its analgesic properties. Norgesic medication do not directly relax tense skeletal muscles in man. However, this medicine does not take the place of rest, exercise, or other treatment that your doctor may recommend for your medical problem.
Orphenadrine is an antihistamine drug used to treat pain, muscle spasms and other symptoms of injury and other problems. It is also used for treating some aspects of Parkinson's Disease. Orphenadrine is also used to treat muscle injuries, skeletal muscle tension and rigidity secondary to afflictions such prolapsed discs and degenerative soft tissue disease especially in the lower back, neck, and joints and other causes of muscle spasms, to potentiate the action of opioid analgesics against moderate to severe neuropathic pain and it is also used to treat Parkinson's disease. Orphenadrine is a component of various preparations for use against headaches of various types especially tension and histamine headaches. It is also helpful in many cases of fibromyalgia.
This medication is a combination of orphenadrine, aspirin, and caffeine. Orphenadrine provides temporary relief of pain and discomfort from muscle injuries such as strains, sprains and spasms. Orphenadrine relaxes tight muscles and relieves pain, cramping, and stiffness so you can move around more and get back to doing your daily activities. Orphenadrine belongs to a class of drugs called muscle relaxants. Aspirin is in a class of drugs known as salicylates. It works by reducing substances in the body that may cause pain and inflammation. It is also used to reduce pain, inflammation and fever. Caffeine is used in this combination to increase the pain relieving effects of aspirin and orphenadrine.
Norgesic drug may reduce skeletal muscle spasm, possibly through an atropine-like central action on cerebral motor centers or on the medulla. The drug does not have direct skeletal muscle relaxant activity. It has been suggested that the drug may have analgesic activity that contributes to its effect in patients with skeletal muscle spasm. Orphenadrine also exhibits postganglionic anticholinergic effects and some antihistaminic and local anesthetic action. The antihistaminic activity of orphenadrine is less than that of diphenhydramine; in contrast to the sedative effect of diphenhydramine, orphenadrine produces slight CNS stimulation.
Directions for use:
Take this with food or milk if stomach upset occurs. Take Norgesic tablets with a full glass of water unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this drug. Take this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not increase the dose or take it more often or continue taking this for longer than prescribed. Safety of long-term use has not been determined.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Norgesic belongs to a group of muscle relaxers.
Norgesic Safety Info
Because of the mild anticholinergic effect of orphenadrine, Norgesic tabletes should not be used in patients with glaucoma, pyloric or duodenal obstruction, achalasia, prostatic hypertrophy or obstructions at the bladder neck. Norgesic medication is also contraindicated in patients with myasthenia gravis and in patients known to be sensitive to aspirin or caffeine.
Since safety of the use of this preparation in pregnancy, during lactation, or in the childbearing age has not been established, use of the Norgesic drug in such patients requires that the potential benefits of the drug be weighed against its possible hazard to the mother and child.
Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter and prescription medication you may use including: medicine for depression or seizures, narcotic pain relievers, sleeping pills or sedatives, "blood thinners" (e.g., clopidogrel, heparin, warfarin), NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen), corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone).
Orphenadrine drug may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol and tobacco, especially when combined with this medicine, may increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Limit alcohol and stop smoking. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
This medication contains aspirin. Children and teenagers should not take aspirin if they have chickenpox, flu, or any undiagnosed illness without first consulting a doctor about Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness. The elderly may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially confusion.
- 1-2 tablets 3-4 times daily.
Norgesic Side Effects
- dry mouth
- blurred vision