Orfenace (Orphenadrine) belongs to the group of medications called skeletal muscle relaxants. Orphenadrine is an OTC muscle relaxant that is used to relieve muscle tightening and stiffness, pain and discomfort caused by sprains and strains of the muscles in the neck, back or other areas of the body. This medication may also be used to treat pain from rheumatoid arthritis. It may also be used for relief of night-time leg cramps. Orfenace is usually used in combination with rest, physical therapy and other treatment. You can feel the effects of this medication within one hour.
The brand Orfenace is available from Canada and is manufactured by Sterimax. There is no generic available for this medication. Orfenace is available in the strength of 100 mg tablets.
The common side effects may include blurred vision, constipation, dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, upset stomach, urine retention and vomiting.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following side effects such as:
• Dilated pupils;
• Eye pain;
• Fast or pounding heartbeat;
• Unusual tiredness or weakness
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not take Orfenace if you are allergic to Orphenadrine or if you have any other allergies. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medication. This medication may cause temporary dizziness and lightheadedness. You should not drive, operate machinery and do any activity that requires you to be alert. Orphenadrine may make the symptoms of certain heart problems worse. Orfenace should not be used during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor before you breast-feed a baby. This medication is not recommended for people over the age of 65 due to increased risk of side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness. There may be an interaction between Orfenace and other medications such as alcohol, gabapentin, ipratropium, lamotrigine, brimonidine, potassium chloride, etc.
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