This product is taken orally.
Why is it prescribed?
AA-Orciprenaline syrup is intended to be taken by mouth.
This medication starts working in about 20 to 30 minutes, and it's effects can last from 3 to 6 hours.
The syrup is useful in people who cannot swallow tablets, and is a good choice for children and the elderly.
AA-Orciprenaline syrup should be stored at room temperature (15 to 30 degrees centigrade).
Dosage should be individualized. General dosing guidelines which is found suitable for the majority of people are as follows: In adults: 20 mg (10 mL) three to four times a day, In children 4 to 12 years of age: 10 mg (5 mL) three times a day and in children over the age of 12 years: 20 mg (10 mL) three times a day.
Orciprenaline is a bronchodilator that acts at receptors in the body called beta-adrenergic receptors. Stimulating these receptors in the bronchial smooth muscle causes the muscle to relax, allowing the bronchial tubes to dilate (widen). This bronchodilation relieves spasm or contraction of the muscle, allowing air to move in and out of the lungs more freely.
Along with its needed effects, orciprenaline may cause some unwanted or undesirable effects. Generally, orciprenaline is well tolerated and many people will not experience unwanted effects. The severity and duration of these effects are dependant on many factors including duration of therapy, dose, route of administration and individual response. Possible unwanted effects include:
- slight palpitations (awareness of heart beat)
- increased heart rate
- bad taste
- changes in blood pressure
- muscle cramps
- allergic reactions
Many of these unwanted effects, especially the most common ones, may disappear with continued use. Check with the doctor or pharmacist if any of them continue or become bothersome.
Use as directed. Never exceed the maximum dosage set by your physician. If you find that you are not responding to your usual dose, your asthma may be worsening and you should contact your physician. Increasing the dose, especially over extended periods, can lead to tolerance. Keep in mind that the bronchodilator action should last between 3 and 6 hours.
If you are using orciprenaline for an acute asthma attack and the condition continues or worsens, stop using the orciprenaline and call your doctor.
Drug Interactions: Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are taking. The following drugs and drug classes have been known to interact with orciprenaline:
- MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitors (e.g. phenelzine, tranylcypromine)
- tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline)
- some beta-blockers (e.g. propranolol)
- other bronchodilators (e.g. salbutamol)
Use is not recommended in the following situations:
- allergy to orciprenaline or any component of the preparation
- in combination with beta-blocking drugs (e.g. propranolol)
- cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) associated with tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
Caution recommended in the following situations:
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- vascular disease
Use in pregnancy: Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you suspect that you may be pregnant.
Use while breastfeeding: Consult your doctor or pharmacist before use.