Theophylline Dangers

Theophylline (brand names include Uniphyl®, Theocron®, and others) is commonly prescribed to relieve bronchospasms associated with asthma and forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as emphysema. It comes in various forms, and is taken anywhere from once a day to several times a day. Although most people usually have no problems with theophylline, dangerous side effects are possible.
For example, this medication can cause allergic reactions, worsening breathing problems, or an irregular heart rhythm. In addition, some people could be at higher risk for dangerous reactions to theophylline, such as those with epilepsy or other seizure disorders, liver disease, or hypothyroidism. This is why it is important to tell your healthcare provider about all medical conditions you have and to provide a complete list of all your medications, including nonprescription products and herbal supplements.
(To learn more about the possible dangers of theophylline, click Theophylline Side Effects or Theophylline Warnings and Precautions. Both articles provide in-depth information on important safety concerns to be aware of during treatment and adverse reactions that can require medical care.)
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