Orvaten is used to treat dizziness that occurs upon sitting up or standing. This medicine is used only when low blood pressure affects daily life and the ability to perform daily activities.

Orvaten Overview


Orvaten is a prescription medication used to treat orthostatic hypotension. This medication belongs to a group of drugs called alpha receptor agonists, which help to maintain adequate blood pressure and to prevent symptoms of OH including dizziness or lightheadedness.

This medication comes in tablet form and is taken 3 times a day, with or without food.

Common side effects include tingling sensations, itching, problems with urinating, and stomach pain.

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  • Hypotension, Orthostatic
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Uses of Orvaten

Orvaten is a prescription medication used to treat orthostatic hypotension. Orthostatic hypotension results in dizziness, lightheadedness, or even fainting after standing from a sitting or lying down position.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.


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Side Effects of Orvaten

Serious side effects have been reported with Orvaten.

Common side effects include:

  • tingling
  • itching
  • problems with urinating
  • stomach pain
  • goosebumps
  • chills
  • high blood pressure while at rest

This is not a complete list of Orvaten side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Orvaten FDA Warning

Because Orvaten tablets can cause marked elevation of supine blood pressure, it should be used in patients whose lives are considerably impaired despite standard clinical care. The indication for use of Orvaten tablets in the treatment of symptomatic orthostatic hypotension is based primarily on a change in a surrogate marker of effectiveness, an increase in systolic blood pressure measured one minute after standing, a surrogate marker considered likely to correspond to a clinical benefit. At present, however, clinical benefits of Orvaten tablets, principally improved ability to carry out activities of daily living, have not been verified.