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Theophylline Information

Theophylline Benefits & Uses

Theophylline is used to treat the following -

  1. COPD Primary
  2. Asthma

Theophylline Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

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Ingredients of Theophylline


Theophylline Side Effects

Based on research, the following side effects have been observed when Theophylline is used -

  1. Nausea or vomiting
  2. Headache Mild
  3. Upset stomach
  4. Restlessness
  5. Dizziness Mild
  6. Urine Retention
  7. Tachycardia
  8. Muscle cramps or spasms (painful)
  9. Diarrhoea

Theophylline Related Warnings

Is the use of Theophylline safe for pregnant women?

Theophylline shows severe effect on pregnant women. For this reason, take it after medical advice only. Taking it with your desire can be harmful.


Is the use of Theophylline safe during breastfeeding?

Taking Theophylline may lead to serious side effects if you are breastfeeding. Theophylline should not be taken unless your doctor says it is necessary.


What is the effect of Theophylline on the Kidneys?

Very few cases of side effects of Theophylline on kidney have been reported.


What is the effect of Theophylline on the Liver?

Theophylline may cause harmful effects on liver. if you feel its having any such effect, then stop taking this drug, and restart only on your doctor's advice.


What is the effect of Theophylline on the Heart?

Theophylline can have moderate side effects on the heart. If you notice any harmful effects then stop taking this drug right away. Consult your doctor before using this medicine again.


Severe Interaction of Theophylline with Other Drugs

Theophylline should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

Theophylline Contraindications

If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Theophylline unless your doctor advises you to do so -

  1. Liver Disease
  2. Heart Failure
  3. Peptic Ulcer
  4. Hypothyroidism
  5. Epilepsy

Frequently asked Questions about Theophylline

Is this Theophylline habit forming or addictive?

Forming a habit of Theophylline has not been reported.

Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?

No, you should do not do anything that requires the brain to be active and alert after taking Theophylline.


Is it safe?

Yes, but take Theophylline only as per medical advice.

Safe, but take only on Doctor's advise

Is it able to treat mental disorders?

No, Theophylline cannot treat any kind of mental disorder.


Theophylline Interactions with Food and Alcohol

Interaction between Food and Theophylline

When consumed with certain foods, Theophylline may take longer to have an effect. Contact your doctor about this.


Interaction between Alcohol and Theophylline

Taking alcohol with Theophylline can be dangerous.

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Md Saadullah
M.Pharma, Pharmacy
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Vikas Chauhan
B.Pharma, Pharmacy
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  1. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [Internet]. Maryland. USA; Package leaflet information for the user; Theophylline
  2. KD Tripathi. [link]. Seventh Edition. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2013: Page No 224-227