Elixophyllin; Theo-24; Theochron
Apo-Theo LA®; Novo-Theophyl SR; PMS-Theophylline; Pulmophylline; ratio-Theo-Bronc; Teva-Theophylline SR; Theo ER; Theolair; Uniphyl
- It is used to treat breathing problems.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has an allergy to corn or corn products.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Be sure the doctor and lab workers know your child takes this drug.
- Have your child wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
- Have your child’s blood work checked. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- If your child has high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch his/her blood sugar closely.
- Limit your child’s use of caffeine and chocolate. Use with this drug may cause nervousness, shakiness, and a fast heartbeat.
- Do not give St. John’s wort with this drug. This drug may not work as well.
- Alcohol may interact with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol.
- If your child smokes or will be stopping smoking, talk with the doctor. How much drug your child takes may need to be changed.
- If your child gets sick, has a fever, or has a long-term illness that gets worse, talk with the doctor.
- Do not give this drug to treat an asthma attack. Use a rescue inhaler. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell the doctor if another doctor gives your child a new drug or tells you to stop giving a drug that your child has been taking.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- You may see the tablet shell in your child’s stool.
- 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 or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- A fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Very loose stools (diarrhea).
- Very bad headache.
- Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
- Not able to sleep.
- Peak flow measurement low.
- Nervous and excitable.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Passing urine more often.
All oral products:
- Follow how to give this drug as you have been told by your child’s doctor. Do not give more than you were told to give.
- Give 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 the doctor about how to give this drug with food.
- Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.
- Give in the morning if giving once a day. Do not give it at night unless told to do so by the 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, get an oral syringe, a dropper, a spoon, or a cup (only for older children) from your pharmacist.
- It is given into a vein for a period of time.
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Call the 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.
- The shot will be given to your child in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child 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 child’s doctor, 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.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
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