Orciprenaline (metaproterenol)

Orciprenaline is a bronchodilator.

Pronunciation: Or-si-pren-a-leen

What are orciprenaline’s uses?

Orciprenaline’s uses include preventing and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, for coughs, chest tightness caused by asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and other lung diseases.

Its mechanism of action works by relaxing muscles in the airways.

What dosage should you take?

Dosage depends on the patient’s profile and medical need.

A typical oral adult dose for asthma is 20mg three to four times a day. If using an inhalation aerosol, administer two to three inhalations every three to four hours, up to 12 inhalations per day.

However, first check the correct dosages with your Clicks pharmacist.

What special precautions should you take?

  • It is not known whether orciprenaline passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you’re breastfeeding.
  • In pregnancy, it is not known whether orciprenaline will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
  • Orciprenaline should not be given to a child younger than six years old.
  • Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.

Orciprenaline should be avoided if you suffer from a heart rhythm disorder that causes fast heartbeats.

Orciprenaline should be used with caution if you suffer from the following conditions:

What drug interactions could you experience?

As a rule, always inform your doctor or Clicks pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or planning to take to ensure you don’t suffer the effects of adverse drug interactions.

What are orciprenaline’s side effects?

Side effects could include:

This is not a complete list of side effects. It’s essential that you call your doctor should you notice any severe or odd side effects.

What are the overdose symptoms?

Call a doctor or the ambulance immediately if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Angina or chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Fluttering heart
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
The accuracy of this information was checked and approved by Clicks' pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman in August 2015