Pridinol is a centrally acting muscle relaxant. It is used to treat muscle spasms of a central or peripheral nature. It is mainly used for lumbalgia, torticollis and general muscle pain in adults. It is used perorally in the form of tablets or by intramuscular injection.

The drug was approved in Europe in 2018.



The exact mechanism of action is not yet fully understood. However, pridinol is thought to have an atropine-like effect by blocking acetylcholine receptors in the brain, resulting in relaxation of skeletal muscle.


Complete absorption after oral administration occurs after about one hour. Pridinol is excreted partly unchanged, partly metabolized and eliminated by the kidney. The plasma half-life is between 14 and 18 hours.

Drug-Drug Interactions

When administered concomitantly with anticholinergics such as atropine, their effect may be considerably enhanced.


Adverse effects

  • Palpitations
  • Hypotension
  • Nausea
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Speech disorders
  • Restlessness


  • Hypersensitivity
  • Glaucoma
  • Prostatic hypertrophy
  • Urinary retention
  • Cardiac arrhythmias

Chemical & physical properties

ATC Code M03BX03, N04AA14
Formula C20H25NO
Molar Mass (g·mol−1) 295,42
Physical State solid
Melting Point (°C) 147–149
CAS Number 511-45-5
PUB Number 4904
Drugbank ID DB13642

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Markus Falkenstätter, BSc

Markus Falkenstätter, BSc

Markus Falkenstätter is a writer on pharmaceutical topics in Medikamio's medical editorial team. He is in the last semester of his pharmacy studies at the University of Vienna and loves scientific work in the field of natural sciences.

Mag. pharm. Stefanie Lehenauer

Mag. pharm. Stefanie Lehenauer

Stefanie Lehenauer has been a freelance writer for Medikamio since 2020 and studied pharmacy at the University of Vienna. She works as a pharmacist in Vienna and her passion is herbal medicines and their effects.

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