The Theophylline is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath and discomfort in the chest caused by ‘ asthma , chronic bronchitis , emphysema and other lung diseases. In some cases this drug can also be used in the treatment of respiratory diseases from which premature babies can suffer.
How does theophylline work?
Theophylline relaxes and opens the airways in the lungs, allowing you to breathe better.
How is Theophylline taken?
Theophylline is taken orally in the form of tablets, capsules, solutions or syrups. The dosage involves the administration on an empty stomach of a dose every 6, 8, 12 or 24 hours, (to be taken one or two hours before a meal) with plenty of water.
Side effects of theophylline
The potential side effects of theophylline include:
- stomach discomfort
A doctor should be contacted without hesitation if one of the following symptoms occurs:
- He retched
- increased or accelerated heart rate
- skin rashes
Contraindications and warnings on the use of theophylline
The consumption of foods and drinks with a high caffeine content such as coffee, tea, cocoa or chocolate can intensify the side effects of theophylline. For this reason, during the treatment it is good to reduce the intake.
Before starting treatment it is important to tell your doctor:
- of any allergies to the active substance or other drugs;
- of the medicines, phytotherapy and supplements taken , remembering in particular to mention Allopurinol, Azithromycin, Clarithromycin, diuretics, Erythromycin, Lithium, oral contraceptives, Phenytoin, Prednisone, Propranolol, Rifampin, Tetracycline, medicines against infections, drugs of the cardiovascular system , Ephedrine, Epinephrine, Phenylephrine, Phenylpropanolamine or Pseudoephedrine;
- if you have suffered or still suffer from convulsions, ulcers, heart disease, thyroid problems, high blood pressure , liver disease or alcohol abuse in the past ;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding ;
- if you regularly use tobacco .