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Orciprenaline is used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)

How it works

The Orciprenaline works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of the airways. This opens the airways and makes breathing easier.

Common side effects

Nausea, Nervousness, Palpitations, Altered taste, Bronchoconstriction (constriction of air passages), Chest pain, Cough, Cramps, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Headache, Heartburn, Increased glucose level in blood, Increased potassium level in blood, Increased blood pressure, Increased sweating, Insomnia, Sore throat, Tachycardia, Trembling, Tremor, Vomiting, Weakness

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Expert advice

  • Do not start or continue orciprenaline if you are allergic to orciprenaline or to sympathomimetic drugs (e.g., epinephrine, pseudoephedrine) or anything in formulation.
  • Do not start orciprenaline if you have heart disease related to heart rhythm (arrhythmia with tachycardia).
  • Do not take orciprenaline if you have heart disease (abnormal heartbeat, ischemic heart disease, high blood pressure), fits, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery while on treatment with orciprenaline as it may make you feel dizzy. Limit alcoholic beverages.

Frequently asked questions


Q. What is orciprenaline sulphate?
Orciprenaline also known as metaproterenol belongs to a group of medicines called ‘bronchodilator”. Orciprenaline sulphate is a sulphate salt of orciprenaline

Q. What is orciprenaline syrup?
Orciprenaline syrup contains orciprenaline

Q. What is orciprenaline used for?
Orciprenaline is used to treat symptoms of reversible airways obstruction, which is a symptom of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (lung disorder in which the flow of air to the lungs is blocked [eg, emphysema]). It is also used to treat bradycardia (slow heart rate) and bronchospasm (constriction of the air passages).

Content on this page was last updated on 02 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)