Theophylline Capsules

Theophylline is a medication used in the treatment of certain types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as well as asthma. In particular, it works to relieve bronchospasms, which occur when the muscles around the airways tighten, which makes breathing difficult. It is a naturally occurring product that is chemically similar to caffeine.
There are several forms of theophylline: capsules, tablets, and an elixir. In addition, these products can be long-acting or short-acting, which is why some people take theophylline once a day and others take it several times a day. Although most people respond well to this drug, side effects are possible; common ones include nausea, vomiting, and headache.
When prescribing the capsule form of theophylline, your healthcare provider may recommend that you take it on an empty stomach -- at least one hour before or two hours after a meal. This helps ensure the medication's effectiveness. Do not take this product in a way other than how you are directed, and tell your healthcare provider if you miss any doses.
(Click Theophylline to read the complete article, which includes information on safety issues to be aware of with this drug, what to tell your healthcare provider before taking it, and more.)
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