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Drug Information

What is Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release used for?

Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release is used for the treatment of lung diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. It is also used to prevent shortness of breath and wheezing.

Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release work?

Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release belongs to the class of drugs called xanthines. It works by relaxing and dilating the muscles of the bronchial airways and reduces the lung’s response to irritants, such as histamine, adenosine and allergen.

How to take Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release with or without food.

If you miss a dose of Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

What are the drugs that interact with Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release?

The drugs that interact with Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release are:

  • Carbamazepine
  • Cimetidine
  • Disulfiram
  • Fluvoxamine
  • Rifampicin
  • Ritonavir
  • Sulfinpyrazone
  • Thiabendazole
  • Viloxazine

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release?

The following are the most common side effects of Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Muscle cramps
  • Increased urination

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release?

  • Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release causes dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may worsen the side effects of Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Suddenly stopping the medication may cause the illness to return.
  • Avoid intake of foods rich in fat within 1 hour before or after taking the drug.

You are advised not to take Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release?

  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release or similar drugs.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Inform your doctor about the pre-existing heart, liver or kidney problems.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions about Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release

  1. How long can I take Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release?
  2. Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release should be used only for the prescribed duration. Do not discontinue unless instructed by your doctor.

  3. What are the overdose symptoms of Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release?
  4. The overdose symptoms of Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release are seizures, gastrointestinal disturbance and abnormal heart rhythm. Please inform your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms.

  5. Do I need to follow any dietary precautions while taking Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release?
  6. Yes, avoid consuming alcohol while taking Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release. Also, avoid having excess quantity of tea or coffee.

  7. Is it safe to take Disulfiram while on Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release?
  8. Be cautious while taking Disulfiram while on Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release as it may increase serum theophylline levels. However, please consult your doctor.

  9. Is it common to develop nausea and vomiting while taking Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release?
  10. Nausea and vomiting are the common side effects of Theophylline Anhydrous Controlled Release. However, please consult your doctor if the symptoms are severe and persist for an extended period.

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