Theophylline

Theophylline is used to treat symptoms caused by lung problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease or other lung problems. These medical conditions can cause you to wheeze, have shortness of breath or feel that your chest is tight. Theophylline helps to open up your air passages in your lungs and allows you to breathe easier.​

Theophylline

​​What is this medication used for

Theophylline is used to treat symptoms caused by lung problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease or other lung problems. These medical conditions can cause you to wheeze, have shortness of breath or feel that your chest is tight. Theophylline helps to open up your air passages in your lungs and allows you to breathe easier.

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Dosage and​​ How to Use

  • Do not stop taking your medicines without checking with your doctors. 
  • If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose. 
  • Follow the dose given on your medicine label. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than that instructed by your doctor. 
  • You can take this medicine with or after food. 
  • Some theophylline tablets are made into sustained release forms. Sustained release forms of theophylline provide a slow and continuous supply of medicine into your body. If you are taking sustained release forms of theophylline, you should swallow the whole tablet or break it into half along the score line on the tablet. Do not crush or chew sustained release forms of theophylline.

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Side Effects, Precautions, Contraindication

What are the possible side effec​​​​​ts of the medicine?

The common side effects of theophylline include:​

  • Stomach upset, diarrhoea 
  • Headache, feeling tired 
  • Difficulty in sleeping, feeling irritable 
  • Shakiness

These symptoms may happen but should get better over time. Check with your doctor if any of these symptoms are serious or do not go away.

If the following serious side effects happen, you should check with your doctor immediately:

  • Vomiting that does not stop 
  • Increased, very fast or irregular heart rate 
  • Skin rash 
  • Seizures or fits

How do I know if I a​​​m allergic to this medicine?

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:​

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body​

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medicine immediately and see your doctor.

What precautions should I follow when taking ​​the medicine?​

  • You should inform your doctor if you have the following medical conditions before starting on theophylline:
    • Seizures or fits​
    • ​Stomach ulcers
    • Heart problems with fast or irregular heartbeat
    • Thyroid problems​​
    • Liver problems
  • If you are taking other medicines, theophylline may affect how they work. Please see your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicines, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal products. Please make sure that the doctor who treats you knows that you are on theophylline. 
  • You must tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines, or if you develop an allergy while taking this medicine. 
  • If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant or are breastfeeding, you should inform your doctor. 
  • You should limit your intake of caffeine. You can find caffeine in tea, coffee, chocolates or cola. 
  • You should inform your doctor if you are a smoker and want to stop smoking.

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Handling an​d Storage

  • Keep your medicines in the original container or packaging, tightly closed or sealed in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. 
  • Keep the medicine out of reach of children. 
  • Throw away all expired medicines.



​​This medicine has been proven to be safe and effective, but it can cause serious injury if a mistake happens while taking it. This means that it is very important for you to know about this medicine and take it exactly as directed.
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​​This article answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist


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