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Pitofenone is used in the treatment of pain due to smooth muscle spasm

How it works

Pitofenone hydrochloride belongs to the class of drugs called as antispasmodics. It works by suppressing muscle spasms thereby relaxing the muscles.

Common side effects

Slow heart rate, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Photophobia, Dilatation of pupil, Palpitations, Dry mouth, Arrhythmia, Increased heart rate, Constipation, Difficulty in urination, Dry skin, Excessive thirst, Gastrointestinal disturbance, Decreased white blood cell count, Loss of accommodation, Reduced bronchial secretions

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Exercise caution while using pitofenone hydrochloride in infants, small children or if you are suffering from abnormal formation of blood (dyshaematopoiesis) or with unstable circulatory conditions, as in the presence of these conditions, dose should be given under medical supervision.  
  • Take extreme care while using pitofenone hydrochloride in patients suffering from bronchial asthma or chronic respiratory infections and patients with a history of allergic reactions to painkiller medications as such patients may develop shock (analgesic intolerance).
  • Do not consume alcohol when on treatment with pitofenone hydrochloride, as it may worsen its side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to pitofenone hydrochloride and any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if suffering from kidney porphyria (disturbance of metabolism that can be seen as disorders of the skin or other organs), glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency present at birth, tachyarrythmias (exceeding heart rate), narrow-angle glaucoma (a condition where colored portion of the eye is pushed or pulled forward).

Content on this page was last updated on 09 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)