Theophylline Medication Information

Theophylline (brand names include Theocron®, TheoCap®, and others) is a medicine approved for the treatment of asthma as well as certain types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In particular, this drug is used to relieve bronchospasms, which occur when the muscles around the airways tighten, making breathing difficult.
 
This medication comes in various forms, including tablets, capsules, and an elixir; some are long-acting and others are short-acting. As a result, theophylline is taken anywhere from once a day to several times throughout the day. Possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, and insomnia.
 
Prior to beginning treatment with theophylline, your healthcare provider needs information on your tobacco and/or alcohol use and your current medications, including nonprescription drugs and herbal supplements.
 
(For more information on this medication, click Theophylline. Topics covered in this in-depth article include how to take theophylline, what else to tell your healthcare provider, what to do in cases of overdose, and more.)
 
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