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|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
- It can be used in premature infants who stop
|How does it work?|
- Aminophylline relaxes the lung muscles.
- It makes the airways more resistant to irritants.
- It strengthens the
|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
|What are the precautions when taking this
- 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
- 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.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Nervousness, shakiness, and restlessness.
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may
|What should I monitor?|
- Watch for changes in breathing. Is breathing better, worse, or about
- Check blood work. Talk with healthcare provider.
- If you have asthma, check peak flows. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- 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
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- 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,
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