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1. Name of the medicinal product

Dibenyline 10mg Capsules.

Phenoxybenzamine 10mg Capsules

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each capsule contains 10 mg Phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride BP.

3. Pharmaceutical form


Size no. three hard gelatin capsule with opaque body and a clear red cap, both printed with 'P10' in grey. The capsules are filled with a white powder.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Hypertensive episodes associated with Phaeochromocytoma.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Method of Administration: Oral


Adults: The usual starting dose is 10 mg daily. This may be increased by 10 mg daily until control of hypertensive episodes is achieved, or postural hypotension occurs. Usually the dosage required is 1-2 mg/kg body weight daily in two doses. Concomitant beta-adrenergic blockade may be necessary to control tachycardia and arrythmias notably when tumours are secreting an appreciable amount of adrenaline as well as noradrenaline.

Elderly: Use with caution: 10mg daily dose should be sufficient (see Contra-Indications and Cautions below).

Children: There is little experience in children but, doses of 1 to 2 mg/kg daily have been used successfully.

4.3 Contraindications

Do not use in patients who have had a cerebrovascular accident; or in the recovery period (usually 3-4 weeks) after acute myocardial infarction.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Use with great caution in patients in whom a fall in blood pressure and/or tachycardia may be undesirable, such as the elderly or those with severe heart disease, congestive heart failure, cerebrovascular disease or renal damage. The mode of action should be borne in mind, if used concurrently with α-sympatho-mimetics or myocardial depressants.

Phenoxybenzamine is carcinogenic in the rat and has shown mutagenic activity in the bacterial Ames test and mouse lymphoma assay. It should only be used after very careful consideration of the risks, in patients in which alternative treatment is inappropriate.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

See under Special Precautions and Warnings.

4.6 Pregnancy and lactation

There is little evidence of safety of Dibenyline in pregnancy and it should not be used in pregnancy unless essential.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

None known.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Side effects are generally mild and transient, but may include postural hypotension with dizziness and compensatory tachycardia, nasal congestion, inhibition of ejaculation, miosis and lassitude. Gastro-intestinal upset has also been reported.

4.9 Overdose

The main effect of overdosage is profound hypotension, which may last several hours, tachycardia and collapse. Treatment consists of the induction of vomiting and/or gastric lavage together with appropriate symptomatic and supportive measures.

Treat hypotension with plasma expanders and the 'head down' position.

Noradrenaline is of little value when α-adrenergic receptors are blocked.

Adrenaline should not be used since stimulation of β-adrenergic receptors will further increase blood pressure.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Phenoxybenzamine is a non competitive long acting ☐-adrenergic receptor antagonist.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Phenoxybenzamine is incompletely absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. The maximum effect is attained in about 1 hour after an intravenous dose. Following oral administration the onset of action is gradual over several hours and persists for 3-4 days following a single dose. The plasma half-life is about 24 hours. Phenoxybenzamine is metabolised in the liver and excreted in the urine and bile but small amounts remain in the body for several days. It has prolonged action probably owing to stable covalent bonding.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

No further information of relevance.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients



Hard Gelatin Capsules:

Titanium Dioxide E171

Indigotin E132

Erythrosine E127

Edible grey ink.

6.2 Incompatibilities

None known.

6.3 Shelf life

24 months.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Store in a dry place and protect from light.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Polypropylene securitainers, amber glass bottles, polythene containers and blisters. (PVC/PVDC/Aluminium foil). In packs of 30 and 100.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

No special instructions.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd,

Capital House,

85 King William Street,

London EC4N 7BL, UK

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 12762/0224

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

28/02/1994 / 12/09/2006

10. Date of revision of the text