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Trade namesAmatine, Proamatine, Gutron, others
Other namesMidodrine hydrochloride, 2-amino-N-[2-(2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-2-hydroxy-ethyl]-acetamide
  • (RS)- N-[2-(2,5-Dimethoxyphenyl)-2-hydroxyethyl]glycinamide
Clinical data
Drug classα1-selective adrenergic agonist[1]
Main usesLow blood pressure with standing[1]
Side effectsNumbness, itchiness, urinary retention, high blood pressure[1]
  • AU: C
Routes of
By mouth
Typical dose2.5 to 10 mg TID[2]
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License data
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Chemical and physical data
Molar mass254.286 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
ChiralityRacemic mixture
  • O=C(NCC(O)c1cc(OC)ccc1OC)CN
  • InChI=1S/C12H18N2O4/c1-17-8-3-4-11(18-2)9(5-8)10(15)7-14-12(16)6-13/h3-5,10,15H,6-7,13H2,1-2H3,(H,14,16) checkY

Midodrine is a medication used for low blood pressure with standing that results in significant symptoms.[1][2] Evidence of benefit; however, was pending as of 2015.[1] It is taken by mouth.[1]

Common side effects include numbness, itchiness, urinary retention, and high blood pressure.[1] Other side effects may include slow heart rate.[1] It should not be used in people with an aortic aneurysm, heart failure, or prior heart attack.[2] Use in pregnancy may harm the baby.[2] It is a α1-selective adrenergic agonist.[1]

Midodrine was approved for medical use in the United States in 1996.[1] It is available as a generic medication.[2] In the United Kingdom 100 tablets of 5 mg costs the NHS £75 as of 2021.[2] In the United States this amount costs about 44 USD.[4]

Medical uses

Midodrine is indicated for the treatment of symptomatic orthostatic hypotension. It can reduce dizziness and faints by about a third, but can be limited by troublesome goose bumps, skin itch, gastrointestinal discomfort, chills, elevated blood pressure while lying down, and urinary retention.[5] A meta-analysis of clinical trials of midodrine or droxidopa in people with low blood pressure when standing found that midodrine increased standing blood pressure more than droxidopa but that midodrine but not droxidopa increased the risk of high blood pressure when lying down.[6] Small studies have also shown that midodrine can be used to prevent excessive drops in blood pressure in people requiring dialysis.[7]


It is taken at a dose of 2.5 to 10 mg three times per day.[2]


Midodrine is contraindicated in patients with severe organic heart disease, acute kidney disease, urinary retention, pheochromocytoma or thyrotoxicosis. Midodrine should not be used in patients with persistent and excessive supine hypertension.

Side effects

Headache, feeling of pressure/fullness in the head, vasodilation/flushing face, scalp tingling, confusion/thinking abnormality, dry mouth, nervousness/anxiety and rash.[8]


Mechanism of action

Desglymidodrine—a major metabolite

Midodrine is a prodrug which forms an active metabolite, desglymidodrine, which is an α1-receptor agonist and exerts its actions via activation of the alpha-adrenergic receptors of the arteriolar and venous vasculature, producing an increase in vascular tone and elevation of blood pressure. Desglymidodrine does not stimulate cardiac beta-adrenergic receptors. Desglymidodrine diffuses poorly across the blood–brain barrier, and is therefore not associated with effects on the central nervous system.


After oral administration, midodrine is rapidly absorbed. The plasma levels of the prodrug peak after about half an hour, and decline with a half-life of approximately 25 minutes, while the metabolite reaches peak blood concentrations about 1 to 2 hours after a dose of midodrine and has a half-life of about 3 to 4 hours. The absolute bioavailability of midodrine (measured as desglymidodrine) is 93%.


Midodrine is an odorless, white, crystalline powder, soluble in water and sparingly soluble in methanol.


Midodrine contains a stereocenter and consists of two enantiomers, making it a racemate; i.e., a 1:1 mixture of (R)- and (S)-forms:[9]

Enantiomers of midodrine

CAS number: 133163-25-4

CAS number: 133267-39-7


Acylation of 1,4-dimethoxybenzene with chloroacetyl chloride gives the chloroketone 2. The halogen is then converted to the amine 3 by any set of standard schemes, and the ketone reduced to an alcohol with borohydride (4). Acylation of the amino group in this last intermediate with chloroacetyl chloride affords the amide 5. The halogen is then displaced with azide and the resulting product 6 reduced catalytically to the glycinamide, midodrine (7).

Synthesis of midorine[10][11] See also:[12]


In August 2010, the FDA proposed withdrawing this approval because the manufacturer, Shire plc, failed to complete required studies after the medicine reached the market.[13][14] In September 2010, the FDA reversed its decision to remove midodrine from the market and allowed it to remain available while Shire plc collected further data regarding the efficacy and safety of the drug.[15] Shire announced on September 22, 2011 that it was withdrawing completely from supplying midodrine and leaving it to several generics to supply the drug.[16]


Midodrine has proposed for complications of cirrhosis. It may be used with octreotide for hepatorenal syndrome; the proposed mechanism is constriction of splanchnic vessels and dilation of renal vasculature. Studies have not been sufficiently well conducted to show a clear place for midodrine.[17]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 BNF 81: March-September 2021. BMJ Group and the Pharmaceutical Press. 2021. p. 202. ISBN 978-0857114105.
  3. "Proamatine- midodrine hydrochloride tablet". DailyMed. Archived from the original on 15 August 2021. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
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  6. Chen JJ, Han Y, Tang J, Portillo I, Hauser RA, Dashtipour K (July 2018). "Standing and Supine Blood Pressure Outcomes Associated With Droxidopa and Midodrine in Patients With Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension: A Bayesian Meta-analysis and Mixed Treatment Comparison of Randomized Trials". Ann Pharmacother. 52 (12): 1182–1194. doi:10.1177/1060028018786954. PMID 29972032. S2CID 49674644.
  7. Prakash, S; Garg, AX; Heidenheim, AP; House, AA (October 2004). "Midodrine appears to be safe and effective for dialysis-induced hypotension: a systematic review". Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation. 19 (10): 2553–8. doi:10.1093/ndt/gfh420. PMID 15280522.
  8. "Midodrine (Oral Route) Side Effects - Mayo Clinic". www.mayoclinic.org. Archived from the original on 10 May 2021. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  9. Rote Liste Service GmbH (Hrsg.): Rote Liste 2017 – Arzneimittelverzeichnis für Deutschland (einschließlich EU-Zulassungen und bestimmter Medizinprodukte). Rote Liste Service GmbH, Frankfurt/Main, 2017, Aufl. 57, ISBN 978-3-946057-10-9, S. 196.
  10. G. Zoelss, DE 2506110  (1976) via Chem. Abstr., 85:159,718s (1975).
  11. K. Wismayr et al., AT 241435 ; eidem, U.S. Patent 3,340,298 (1965, 1967 both to Chemie Linz Ag).
  12. Zoelss & W. Karl-Anton Ing DE 2523735  (1974 to Lentia GMBH).
  13. U.S. proposes withdrawal of Shire hypotension drug Archived 31 October 2021 at the Wayback Machine, 16 August 2010.
  14. O'Riordan, Michael. "FDA recommends withdrawal of midodrine". Food and Drug Administration. FDA proposes withdrawal of low blood pressure drug [press release]. August 16, 2010. TheHeart.org. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  15. Midodrine (ProAmatine, generic) Proposed Market Withdrawal – Update Archived 28 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine 10 September 2010.
  16. plc, Shire. "Shire Provides Update on ProAmatine® (midodrine HCl)". www.prnewswire.com. Archived from the original on 25 September 2021. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  17. Karwa, R.; Woodis, C B. (31 March 2009). "Midodrine and Octreotide in Treatment of Cirrhosis-Related Hemodynamic Complications". Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 43 (4): 692–699. doi:10.1345/aph.1L373. PMID 19299324. S2CID 207263346.

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