Theophylline

 
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More about Theophylline

What is/are Theophylline?

THEOPHYLLINE is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care providers before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

heart disease if you smoke irregular heartbeat liver disease seizures stomach problems like ulcers thyroid disease an unusual or allergic reaction to theophylline, aminophylline, caffeine, theobromine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives pregnant or trying to get pregnant breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before eating. Do not crush or chew. Take your doses at the same time each day. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

Note: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

adenosine allopurinol aminoglutethimide caffeine cimetidine disulfiram ephedrine fluvoxamine interferon isoproterenol lithium medicines for anxiety or sleep medicines for colds and breathing difficulties methotrexate pentoxifylline some antibiotics or anti infectives some medicines for irregular heart rhythms some medicines for treating seizures some medicines used during surgery sulfinpyrazone tacrine

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care providers a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What side effects may I notice from this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue fast or irregular breathing or heartbeat feeling faint or lightheaded, falls fever, infection nausea, vomiting seizures

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

anxiety, irritable, restless diarrhea headache increased need to pass urine tremors trouble sleeping

This list may not describe all possible side effects.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your doctor or health care professional may schedule regular blood tests, especially at first. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

There are many different brands of this medicine. Do not change your brand without checking with your health care professional. Different brands of this medicine may act differently in your body.

Tell all of your doctors that you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor before you start or stop ANY over-the-counter or prescription medicines. Also talk to your health care professional about foods that affect this medicine, like chocolate, coffee, teas and charcoal-broiled foods. If you smoke tobacco or marijuana you may affect the level of this medicine in your body. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Where should I keep this medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature below 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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Not a Go To Drug

I took Theo-Dur (the short acting version of this medication) years ago when I was first diagnosed with asthma and was having "attacks" requiring emergency care.
In the hospital, I responded to an IV form of it, so I was discharged on the oral form.
Unfortunately, in my case it was NOT useful for maintenance. It has to be taken 3-4 times per day. It interacts with too many foods and other meds. It has a small therapeutic index and must be monitored by frequent blood work. I experienced vomiting before I could even get to therapeutic levels of the drug.
I thought Theo-Dur had been taken off the market and/or replaced with a longer acting version.
In any case, it's definitely not a "go to" drug any longer, except maybe for severe respiratory disease that is resistant to the newer, lower maintenance treatments.

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Brand Name
Theo-Dur
Medical Condition
Asthma

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How long have you taken this medicine for?
1 month - 6 months
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(Updated: January 24, 2014)
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