Theophylline Oral

People who experience bronchospasms due to asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may benefit from theophylline, an oral medication that is taken anywhere from once a day to several times a day. It works by causing the muscles around the airways to relax, which helps make breathing easier. This drug comes in several different forms, including capsules, tablets, and an elixir.
You should take each dosage orally (by mouth), preferably on an empty stomach -- either one hour before or two hours after a meal. This will help ensure theophylline's effectiveness. Do not take this product with food unless your healthcare provider says this is okay. In addition, tell him or her if you miss any doses or take extra doses.
While most people tolerate theophylline well, side effects are possible. Common ones include nausea, vomiting, and insomnia. If you experience any serious problems, such as persistent vomiting or worsening breathing problems, seek out immediate medical attention.
(Click Theophylline for more information on this medicine, including safety issues to be aware of during treatment, what to do in cases of overdose, and general dosing information.)
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