Theophylline Tablets

Bronchospasms associated with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are often treated with theophylline (brand names include Theo-24®, Elixophyllin®, and Uniphyl®, among others). This drug works by causing the muscles around the airways to relax, which makes breathing easier. It is used anywhere from once a day to several times a day.
There are different forms of theophylline: tablets, capsules, and an elixir. Some are long-acting and others are short-acting, which is why there is such a wide range in dosing for this medication. In addition, it can take time to come up with the theophylline dose that is right for a particular person -- sometimes several weeks.
If you are taking the tablet form of theophylline, it is best to take it on an empty stomach -- either one hour before or two hours after a meal -- unless your healthcare provider has said it is okay to take this medicine with food. This will help ensure the effectiveness of each theophylline dose.
(Click Theophylline to learn more about this prescription medication, including exactly how it works, possible side effects, what to tell your healthcare provider before beginning treatment, and more.)
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