Norflex is an oral tablet made up of a skeletal muscle relaxant called orphenadrine. This medication is available in both the brand choice and generic alternative in 100mg!
Norflex is prescribed to treat muscle spasms or pain. Norflex is most commonly used along with rest, physical therapy and other treatments. Muscle spasms/pain is not associated with cancer or any harmful diseases and is usually short lived; however, they can occur abruptly, causing not only pain but also a decrease in productivity and confidence. When muscle spasms occur, it is due to the nervous system in the brain sending signals to the muscles to order them to tighten or contract.
Norflex is effective in treating muscle spasms because it is able to reduce the strength of the signal sent from the nervous system to the muscles that causes muscle spasms to occur.
Instructions given by your doctor can be found on the prescription bottle; ensure you are following only the directions given by your doctor.
Norflex is commonly taken twice a day, once during the morning hours and once in the evening. Avoid crushing or chewing this medication; swallow it whole.
The Norflex medication is only part of the treatment; ensure you are following the entire treatment plan including rest, physical therapy, or other pain relief measures.
Store this medication at room temperature, protected from heat, light, and moisture. Keep the bottle tightly closed. Keep track of how much medicine is in the bottle after using it; Norflex can be a drug of abuse and you should be aware if any medicine goes missing.
Do not use Norflex (orphenadrine)
Some medical conditions become very unsafe when certain medications are used. You should not use Norflex if you have urination problems, an enlarged prostate, glaucoma, a stomach ulcer, or a blockage in your digestive tract, trouble swallowing or myasthenia gravis.
This medication should not be used by those under the age of 18 years old.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Other medical conditions can become unsafe if the dosage of Norflex is not adjusted or special precautions aren’t put in place first. Make sure to tell your doctor if you have heart disease, a heart rhythm disorder, coronary artery disease, or if you use a narcotic (opioid) medication.
It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby; speak with your doctor before using this medication if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.
It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk or if it will harm a nursing infant; speak with your doctor before breastfeeding if you are using Norflex.
This medication may be habit-forming and should never be shared with a person who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Medication should never be shared with a person, even if they have a prescription for it.
Common side effects of Norflex (orphenadrine) may include:dizziness, drowsiness, weakness; nausea, vomiting; dry mouth; or constipation.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Norflex (orphenadrine) may include:a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; painful or difficult urination; little or no urination; confusion, anxiety, agitation, tremors, hallucinations; or pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest.
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Can I drink alcohol while using this medication?
No. Do not drink alcohol while using this medication. Doing so can cause dangerous side effects and even death.
What should I avoid while using Norflex?
Avoid driving or other hazardous activities until you clearly understand how this medication affects you. Norflex may cause dizziness or impair your thinking.
What medications should I be aware of taking while using Norflex?
You should be aware of (medications that make you sleepy or slow your breathing) sleeping pills, narcotic pain medicine, prescription cough medicine, other muscle relaxants, or medicine for anxiety, depression or seizures. These medications when mixed with Norflex can cause dangerous side effects and even death.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take the miss dose as soon as you remember, assuming your next dose is not soon. If you next dose is soon, skip the missed dose and continue treatment as scheduled. Do not double up on medication to make up for a miss dose; doing so can cause increase risk of side effects.