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Orphenadrine and Paracetamol

Generic Name: Orphenadrine and Paracetamol (or FEN a dreen & para a SEET a mol)

Uses of Orphenadrine and Paracetamol:

  • It is used to treat tension headaches.
  • It is used to relax muscles.
  • It is used to ease pain.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Orphenadrine and Paracetamol?

  • If you are allergic to orphenadrine and paracetamol; any part of orphenadrine and paracetamol; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, enlarged prostate gland, esophagus spasms, glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, or trouble passing urine.
  • If you are taking another drug that has the same drug in it.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take orphenadrine and paracetamol if you are pregnant.
  • If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take orphenadrine and paracetamol.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with orphenadrine and paracetamol.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take orphenadrine and paracetamol with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Orphenadrine and Paracetamol?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take orphenadrine and paracetamol. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not take more than what your doctor told you to take. Taking more than you are told may raise your chance of very bad side effects.
  • Avoid taking other products that have paracetamol (acetaminophen) in them. Check labels closely. Too much paracetamol (acetaminophen) may cause liver problems.
  • Follow the directions exactly. Do not take more paracetamol (acetaminophen) in a day than directed. If you do not know how much paracetamol (acetaminophen) you can take in a day, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Some people may take up to 4,000 mg (milligrams) in a day if told to do so by the doctor. Some people (like people with liver problems and children) should take less paracetamol (acetaminophen). Call your doctor right away if you have taken too much paracetamol (acetaminophen) in a day even if you feel well.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how orphenadrine and paracetamol affects you.
  • Have your blood work checked if you are on orphenadrine and paracetamol for a long time. Talk with your doctor.
  • Avoid alcohol or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
  • If you are 65 or older, use orphenadrine and paracetamol with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Do not give to a child younger than 12 years of age.

How is this medicine (Orphenadrine and Paracetamol) best taken?

Use orphenadrine and paracetamol as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you take orphenadrine and paracetamol on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times orphenadrine and paracetamol is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • A fast heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
  • Trouble passing urine.
  • A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.

What are some other side effects of Orphenadrine and Paracetamol?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Orphenadrine and Paracetamol?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.