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General Information
Brand names and manufacturer
Type: OTC/Prescription/schedule

What should I know before taking this drug
Dosage information
Adverse reactions
Additional information if any
Aminophylline is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Aminophylline is pronounced as: am-in-AHF-ih-lin
Aminophylline is a bronchodilator belongs to xanthines group of drugs.
Aminophylline is used to treat of lung disease like asthma, bronchitis and emphysema
How to use aminophylline
Take aminophylline exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If do not understand these instructions ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.

Do not take the medication in larger amounts or for longer duration than recommended by your doctor.

Take aminophylline with a full glass of water. If your stomach is upset take aminophylline with food.

Do not skip doses or stop taking aminophylline without consulting your doctor.

If your condition is not becoming better inform your doctor.
Always remember to inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking any OTC drugs or prescription drugs like
  • Halothane
  • Cimetidine
  • Beta blockers like atenolol, propranolol
This may not be the complete list of drugs interact with aminophylline, ask your pharmacist if any other drugs interact with this medication.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the following medical conditions as aminophylline should be cautiously used.
  • Breathing problems
  • Heart problems like irregular heart beat
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Endocrinal problem
Do not take aminophylline
  • If your allergic (Chest congeston, breathing problems)
  • If you are taking other xanthine like caffeine, chocolate

What are the precautions I should follow for aminophylline?

Children: Aminophylline is safe to use in children however below one year age we need to check the dose and blood aminophylline conc. 

Old people: Aminophylline is used cautiously in older people.

Pregnant woman: Aminophylline belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that aminophylline may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.

Lactating women: It is not known whether aminophylline passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take aminophylline with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol may increase the side effects of aminophylline
Aminophylline is available in the form of tablets and injection.
Use aminophylline as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses of aminophylline at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose of aminophylline contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
The over dosage symptoms for aminpphylline are
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Restlessness, headache, anxiety
  • Fast heart beat
The following are the side effects of aminophylline
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Restlessness, headache, anxiety, nervous ness
  • Fast heart beat
  • Increased urination
If you experience any of the following side affects stop the aminophylline medication and consult your doctor immediately
  • Allergic reactions (breathing problems, chest congestion, swelling of face)
  • Severe nausea, vomiting
  • Persistent headache, restlessness,
  • convulsions
Store aminophylline at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
Do not eat or drink the products which contain caffeine like coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolates while taking the aminophylline
Aminophylline does not cure asthma permanently. Make sure you always carry a bronchodilator in case you have an asthma attack.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information. 

Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last modified: July14, 2011

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