Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 10/17/2022
Drug Description

What is Dibenzyline and how is it used?

Dibenzyline is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland). Dibenzyline may be used alone or with other medications.

Dibenzyline belongs to a class of drugs called Alpha Blockers, Antihypertensives.

It is not known if Dibenzyline is safe and effective in children.

What are the possible side effects of Dibenzyline?

Dibenzyline may cause serious side effects including:

  • hives,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat,
  • severe dizziness, and
  • lightheadedness

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

The most common side effects of Dibenzyline include:

  • stuffy nose,
  • mild dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • blurred vision,
  • trouble having an orgasm,
  • upset stomach, and
  • tiredness

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

These are not all the possible side effects of Dibenzyline. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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


Each Dibenzyline (phenoxybenzamine) capsule, with red cap and body, is imprinted WPC 001 and 10 mg, and contains 10 mg of Phenoxybenzamine Hydrochloride USP. Inactive ingredients consist of D&C Red No. 33, FD&C Red No. 3, FD&C Yellow No. 6, Gelatin NF, Lactose NF, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate NF and Silicon Dioxide NF.

Dibenzyline (phenoxybenzamine) is N-(2-Chloroethyl)-N-(1-methyl-2-phenoxyethyl)benzylamine hydrochloride:

Dibenzyline (phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride) structural formula illustration

Phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride is a colorless, crystalline powder with a molecular weight of 340.3, which melts between 136° and 141°C. It is soluble in water, alcohol and chloroform; insoluble in ether.

Indications & Dosage


Dibenzyline is indicated in the treatment of pheochromocytoma, to control episodes of hypertension and sweating. If tachycardia is excessive, it may benecessary to use a beta-blocking agent concomitantly.


The dosage should be adjusted to fit the needs of each patient. Small initial doses should be slowly increased until the desired effect is obtained or the sideeffects from blockade become troublesome. After each increase, the patient should be observed on that level before instituting another increase. Thedosage should be carried to a point where symptomatic relief and/or objective improvement are obtained, but not so high that the side effects fromblockade become troublesome.

Initially, 10 mg of Dibenzyline (phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride) twice a day. Dosage should be increased every other day, usually to 20 to 40 mg 2 or 3times a day, until an optimal dosage is obtained, as judged by blood pressure control.

Long-term use of phenoxybenzamine is not recommended (see PRECAUTIONS Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis).


Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15°- 30°C (59°- 86°F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Dispense in a tight container.


Dibenzyline (phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride) capsules, 10 mg, in bottles of 100 (NDC 59212-001-01) and (NDC 59212-001-02)

Mfd. for: Concordia PharmaceuticalsDistributed by:Amdipharm Limited,17 Northwood House, Dublin 9, Ireland. Revised: Apr 2020


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Side Effects & Drug Interactions


The following adverse reactions have been observed, but there are insufficient data to support an estimate of their frequency.

Autonomic Nervous System*: Postural hypotension, tachycardia, inhibition of ejaculation, nasal congestion, miosis.

*These so-called “side effects” are actually evidence of adrenergic blockade and vary according to the degree of blockade.

Miscellaneous: Gastrointestinal irritation, drowsiness, fatigue.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Concordia Pharmaceuticals at 1-877-370-1142 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 orwww.fda.gov/medwatch


Dibenzyline (phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride) may interact with compounds that stimulate both alpha- and beta-adrenergic receptors (i.e., epinephrine)to produce an exaggerated hypotensive response and tachycardia. (See WARNING)

Dibenzyline blocks hyperthermia production by levarterenol, and blocks hypothermia production by reserpine.


2. Martin, E.W.: Drug Interactions Index 1978/1979, Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott Co., 1978, pp. 209-210.

Warnings & Precautions


Dibenzyline-induced alpha-adrenergic blockade leaves beta-adrenergic receptors unopposed. Compounds that stimulate both types of receptors may,therefore, produce an exaggerated hypotensive response and tachycardia.



Administer with caution in patients with marked cerebral or coronary arteriosclerosis or renal damage. Adrenergic blocking effect mayaggravate symptoms of respiratory infections.

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis And Mutagenesis

Case reports of carcinoma in humans after long-term treatment with phenoxybenzamine have been reported. Hence long-term use of phenoxybenzamine isnot recommended.3,4 Carefully weigh the benefits and risks before prescribing this drug.

Phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride showed in vitro mutagenic activity in the Ames test and mouse lymphoma assay; it did not show mutagenic activity invivo in the micronucleus test in mice. In rats and mice, repeated intraperitoneal administration of phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride (three times per weekfor up to 52 weeks) resulted in peritoneal sarcomas. Chronic oral dosing in rats (for up to 2 years) produced malignant tumors of the small intestine andnon-glandular stomach, as well as ulcerative and/or erosive gastritis of the glandular stomach. Whereas squamous cell carcinomas of the non-glandularstomach were observed at all tested doses of phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride, there was a no-observed-effect-level of 10 mg/kg for tumors (carcinomasand sarcomas) of the small intestine. This dose is, on a body surface area basis, about twice the maximum recommended human dosage of 20 mg b.i.d.


Teratogenic Effects

Adequate reproductive studies in animals have not been performed with Dibenzyline (phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride). It is also not known whetherDibenzyline can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Dibenzyline should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, and because of the potentialfor seriousadverse reactions from phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking intoaccount the importance of the drug to the mother.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.


3. Nettesheim O, Hoffken G, Gahr M, Breidert M: Haematemesis and dysphagia in a 20-year-old woman with congenital spine malformation and situsinversus partialis [German]. Zeitschrift fur Gastroenterologie. 2003; 41(4):319-24.

4. Vaidyanathan S, Mansour P, Soni BM, Hughes PL, Singh G: Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, synchronous small cell carcinoma and squamousneoplasia of the urinary bladder in a paraplegic man following long-term phenoxybenzamine therapy. Spinal Cord. 2006;44(3):188-91.

Overdose & Contraindications


SYMPTOMS - These are largely the result of blocking of the sympathetic nervous system and of the circulating epinephrine. They may include posturalhypotension, resulting in dizziness or fainting; tachycardia, particularly postural; vomiting; lethargy; shock.


When symptoms and signs of overdosage exist, discontinue the drug. Treatment of circulatory failure, if present, is a prime consideration. In cases of mildoverdosage, recumbent position with legs elevated usually restores cerebral circulation. In the more severe cases, the usual measures to combat shockshould be instituted. Usual pressor agents are not effective. Epinephrine is contraindicated because it stimulates both alpha- and beta- receptors; sincealpha- receptors are blocked, the net effect of epinephrine administration is vasodilation and a further drop in blood pressure (epinephrine reversal).

The patient may have to be kept flat for 24 hours or more in the case of overdose, as the effect of the drug is prolonged. Leg bandages and an abdominalbinder may shorten the period of disability.

I.V. Infusion of levarterenol bitartrate** may be used to combat severe hypotensive reactions, because it stimulates alpha-receptors primarily. AlthoughDibenzyline (phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride) is an alpha-adrenergic blocking agent, a sufficient dose of levarterenol bitartrate will overcome this effect.

The oral LD50 for phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride is approximately 2000 mg/kg in rats and approximately 500 mg/kg in guinea pigs.


Conditions where a fall in blood pressure may be undesirable; hypersensitivity to the drug or any of its components.


**Available as Levophed (brand of norepinephrine bitartrate) from Hospira Inc.

Clinical Pharmacology


Dibenzyline (phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride) is a long-acting, adrenergic, alpha-receptor-blocking agent, which can produce and maintain “chemicalsympathectomy” by oral administration. It increases blood flow to the skin, mucosa and abdominal viscera, and lowers both supine and erect bloodpressures. It has no effect on the parasympathetic system.

Twenty to 30 percent of orally administered phenoxybenzamine appears to be absorbed in the active form.1

The half-life of orally administered phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride is not known; however, the half-life of intravenously administered drug isapproximately 24 hours. Demonstrable effects with intravenous administration persist for at least 3 to 4 days, and the effects of daily administration arecumulative for nearly a week.1


1. Weiner, N.: Drugs That Inhibit Adrenergic Nerves and Block Adrenergic Receptors, in Goodman, L., and Gilman, A., The Pharmacological Basis ofTherapeutics, ed. 6, New York, Macmillan Publishing Co., 1980, p. 179; p. 182.

Medication Guide


No information provided. Please refer to the WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS sections.

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