Elixophyllin; Theo-24; Theochron
Pulmophylline; Theo ER; Theolair; Uniphyl
- It is used to treat breathing problems.
- This drug is not to be used to treat intense flare-ups of shortness of breath. Use a rescue inhaler. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have an allergy to theophylline or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are taking St. John’s wort. Do not take St. John’s wort with this drug. If you have been taking St. John’s wort, talk with your doctor before you stop taking it.
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this drug.
- Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- Limit your use of caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate. Use with this drug may cause nervousness, shakiness, and a fast heartbeat.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
- If you start or stop smoking tobacco or marijuana, talk with your doctor. How much drug you take may need to be changed.
- If you get sick, have a fever, or have a long-term illness that gets worse, talk with your doctor.
- Some other drugs may affect how much of this drug is in your body. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist to see if any of your other drugs may interact with this drug.
- Tell your doctor if another doctor gives you a new drug or tells you to stop taking a drug that you have been using.
- If you are 60 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- You may see the tablet shell in your stool. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
- Signs of too much acid in the blood (acidosis) like confusion; fast breathing; fast heartbeat; a heartbeat the does not feel normal; very bad stomach pain, upset stomach, or throwing up; feeling very sleepy; shortness of breath; or feeling very tired or weak.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- A fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- Very bad headache.
- Feeling confused.
- Not able to sleep.
- Change in the way you act.
- Feeling irritable.
- Muscle spasm.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Passing urine more often.
All oral products:
- Follow how to take this drug as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
- Take this drug at the same time of day.
- Some foods may change how this drug works or raise the chance of side effects. Talk with your doctor about how to take this drug with food.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- If you are taking this drug once a day, take it in the morning. Do not take it at night unless told to do so by your doctor.
- Some products may be broken in half. Talk with the doctor.
- Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure this drug.
- It is given into a vein for a period of time.
All oral products:
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
All oral products:
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Protect from light.
- If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.