Norgesic

Generic Name: Orphenadrine

  • What is Norgesic?

    Norgesic is used to relieve mild-to-moderate pain of acute muscle disorders. Norgesic is used, along with rest and physical therapy, to treat discomfort associated with painful muscular conditions.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Norgesic?

    You should not take Norgesic if you have chickenpox, the flu, or flu symptoms due to the risk of developing Reye's syndrome, a serious disease that causes swelling of the brain and liver.

    Norgesic may impair your ability to drive a car or operate dangerous machinery. Do not participate in potentially hazardous activities until you know how you react to Norgesic.

    Because Norgesic contains aspirin, you should be careful taking it if you have a peptic ulcer or problems with blood clotting.

    The safety of continuous, long-term therapy with Norgesic has not been established. Your doctor should monitor your blood, urine, and liver function if you use Norgesic for a prolonged period of time.

  • Who should not take Norgesic?

    Do not take Norgesic if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

    Taking aspirin while you have chickenpox or the flu may cause a rare but serious condition called Reye's syndrome; do not give Norgesic to anyone with these diseases. Call your doctor if fever or swelling develops.

    Do not use Norgesic if you have an enlarged prostate or a blockage of the urinary tract (difficulty urinating), or myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness and fatigue).

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Norgesic?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Norgesic. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have had an eye condition called glaucoma, a stomach or intestinal blockage, an enlarged prostate gland, a bladder obstruction, achalasia (inability of the muscles to move food down from the esophagus to the stomach), or myasthenia gravis.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual starting dose is one to two tablets three to four times daily.

  • How should I take Norgesic?

    Take exactly as prescribed. If the pain is not being adequately treated, talk to your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Norgesic?

    Avoid driving a car or operating dangerous machinery.

    Do not take more of this medication than is prescribed.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Norgesic?

    If Norgesic is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Norgesic with propoxyphene.

  • What are the possible side effects of Norgesic?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: rapid heart rate, palpitations, difficulty urinating, dry mouth, blurred vision, dilation of the pupils, increased pressure within the eye, weakness, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, constipation, drowsiness, hives, confusion (in the elderly), hallucinations

  • Can I receive Norgesic if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Norgesic during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. The benefits of using Norgesic during pregnancy should be weighed against the risks. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Norgesic?

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Norgesic?

    Store at room temperature. Keep away from heat.

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