Generic ingredients: Orphenadrine citrate with aspirin ana caffeine.

Other brand names: Norgesic Forte, Orphengesic.

Norgesic is an analgesic and muscle relaxant combination. It blocks pain impulses from generating.

Quick Facts About Norgesic


Used to treat mild to moderate pain of severe muscle disorders, in combination with rest and physical therapy.

Norgesic Dosage

Take with food to avoid stomach irritation.

  • Usual adult dose: Norgesic — 1 to 2 tablets taken 3 or 4 times per day. Norgesic Forte — 1/2 to 1 tablet taken 3 or 4 times per day. Seniors — dose is lowered if confusion is experienced.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children under 12 years.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless within an hour of next dose. If so, skip missed dose, go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Norgesic Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

no specific information available. However, if you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: blurred vision, constipation, difficulty urinating, dilation of pupils, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, fainting, hallucinations, headache, hives, lightheadedness, nausea, palpitations, rapid heart rate, skin diseases, stomach and intestinal bleeding, vomiting, weakness.

No known less common or rare Norgesic side effects.


Inform your doctor before combining Norgesic with:

propoxyphene (Darvon) — can cause confusion, anxiety, and tremors.

No known food/other substance interactions. 

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. May appear in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.

Some seniors experience confusion when taking Norgesic; dosage is lowered in these cases.

Not generally prescribed for children under 12 years.

  • Do not use if chicken pox or flu is present; may cause Reye’s syndrome.
  • May cause drowsiness and impair your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Do not take part in any activity that requires alertness.
  • Do not take if sensitive to or allergic to ingredients in Norgesic, or if you have: glaucoma, stomach or intestinal blockage, enlarged prostate, bladder obstruction, achalasia (failure of stomach or intestinal muscles to relax), or myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness and fatigue).
  • Doctor should monitor blood, urine, and liver function with long-term Norgesic therapy.
  • Use with caution if you have a peptic ulcer or blood-clotting problems.

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