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Theophylline (Elixophyllin)


Theophylline is the generic drug name that is used in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and other lungs and respiratory diseases. Theophylline is available in brand names like, TheoCap, Theo-Dur, Theochron, Theo-24, Theo-Time, Norphyl, Phyllocontin, Elixophyllin, Uniphyl, Quibron-T, Truxophylin, and Quibron-T/SR. This drug is available in the form of Solution, Tablets, Capsules, Extended release tablets and capsules for 12 hours and 24 hours, Elixir, and Enteric coated tablets. This drug comes under the class of bronchodilator. Theophylline relieves cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing by relaxing the muscles in the air passage and increasing the flow of air. That is the purpose of bronchodilators

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The dosage of Theophylline might vary according to the form of medicine taken. In case of tablets the maximum allowed per day for adults and teenagers is 600 mg which can be divided in to dosages for every 6 or 8 hours. For elderly people the maximum recommended is 400 mg per day. For infants the dosage is based on their age and body weight. It is advisable to follow the prescription given by your doctor as the dosages vary according to the age and weight and also the form of medication given to you.


Persons with allergies, children, elderly, and those who are pregnant should use this medicine with care. Hence it is better to consult their physician before using this medication. Children below one year of age might have serious side effects if they are not given the proper dosage. Take care that you follow the dosage recommended by the physician. Any allergic reaction upon using Theophylline should be immediately reported to the doctor for dosage adjustments. Elderly persons who suffer from liver diseases, heart diseases, lung problems and kidney problems are likely to be affected by Theophylline if proper dosage is not given. Theophylline might interact with other drugs. Some of the drugs that might interact with Theophylline are Febuxostat, Bupropion, Ciprofloxacin, Erythromycin, Etintidine, Cimetidine, Levofloxacin, Norethindrone, Pefloxacin, Mestranol, Imipenem, Halothane, Rofecoxib, and Zileuton. There are many other medicines that might interact with Theophylline. If you are using such medicine there might be a need to adjust the dosage given to you. Hence it is better to reveal the medicines you take to your doctor so that he can adjust the dosage of Theophylline or other medicines according to your needs.

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