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Orphenadrine, Aspirin, and Caffeine

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Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
Author information

Notes

    Related terms
    • Pharmacologic Category: Skeletal Muscle Relaxant

    Uses
    • This medicine is used as a muscle relaxant.
    • Orphenadrine works through the brain to relieve pain.
    • Aspirin blocks production and release of chemicals that cause pain and inflammation.
    • Caffeine relieves pain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • This medicine is used in combination with rest, physical therapy, pain medicine, and other therapies.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
    • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
    • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
    • Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
    • Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to orphenadrine, aspirin, caffeine, or any other part of this medicine.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
    • If you have any of the following conditions: Asthma, bleeding problems, enlarged colon, enlarged prostate gland, intestinal blockage, myasthenia gravis, nasal polyps, rhinitis, slow-moving intestinal tract, or urinary tract blockage.
    • If you are more than 24 weeks pregnant.

    Precautions

    • If you are 65 or older, use this medicine with caution. You could have more side effects.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with healthcare provider. You may be more sensitive to this medicine.
    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before using other: aspirin, aspirin-containing products, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, ibuprofen or like products, pain medicines, or vitamin E.
    • You may bleed more easily. Be careful. Avoid injury. Use soft toothbrush, electric razor.
    • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other healthcare providers that you use this medicine.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you see how this medicine affects you.
    • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) or other medicines and natural products that slow your actions and reactions.
    • Limit caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate intake. Use with this medicine may cause nervousness, shakiness, and fast heartbeat.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred vision, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities that require you to be alert or have clear vision until you see how this medicine affects you.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or lying position. Be careful climbing.
    • Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

    Monitoring

    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Ringing in ears.
    • Unusual bruising or bleeding.
    • Feeling extremely tired or weak.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
    • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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