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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Aminophylline
Aminophylline
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(am in OFF i lin)

Brand Names
Truphylline®

Therapeutic Categories
Theophylline Derivative

What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used to treat breathing problems. These can be seen in asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.
  • It can be used in premature infants who stop breathing.


How does it work?

  • Aminophylline relaxes the lung muscles.
  • It makes the airways more resistant to irritants.
  • It strengthens the diaphragm.


How is it best taken?

  • Some sustained-release products should not be taken with food. Take on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
  • Swallow sustained-release forms whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
  • A liquid (solution) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.
  • Take liquid solution and nonsustained-release tablet with food if medicine causes an upset stomach.
  • Use suppository rectally.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
  • Wear disease medical alert identification for lung disease.
  • If you are 65 or older, you may have more side effects.
  • Limit caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate intake. Use with this medicine may cause nervousness, shakiness, rapid heartbeats, and anxiety.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you stop smoking. Amount of medicine you take may change.
  • Do not change the brand or make of the medicine without talking with
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved. healthcare provider. pregnant.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Nervousness, shakiness, and restlessness.
  • Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may help.


What should I monitor?

  • Watch for changes in breathing. Is breathing better, worse, or about the same?
  • Check blood work. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • If you have asthma, check peak flows. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • Follow up with healthcare provider.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very nervous, excitable, rapid heartbeats
  • Severe nausea and vomiting.
  • Any rash.
  • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store in a tight container at room temperature.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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