Theophylline Drug Information
Theophylline (brand names include Uniphyl® and Theochron®, among others) is used for various conditions associated with airway spasms in adults and children. Specifically, the drug is approved to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It comes in several different forms, including capsules, tablets, an elixir, and an injection. Theophylline works by relaxing the muscles of the airways, and also prevents inflammation that can lead to an asthma attack.
It's important to review theophylline's safety information with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. This drug may not be suitable for everyone, so make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have any other medical conditions, such as epilepsy, liver disease, or certain allergies, and if you are taking any other medications, including nonprescription drugs.
(For more information on this drug, click Theophylline. This article provides a complete overview of this medication, with details on when and how to take it, what to do if you miss a dose, generic availability, and more.)