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Theophylline is a long-term control medicine (controller) that
relaxes the smooth muscles around the airways. This causes the
airways to open and makes it easier for air to flow in and out of
the lungs. This medicines is not the first choice to treat asthma.
It may be used along with other medicines if needed.
Theophylline is taken by mouth as a syrup, tablet, or capsule.
Some preparations release theophylline rapidly. Others release the
medicine slowly over a long period of time. For this reason, the
tablets or capsules should not be chewed or crushed.
The dose of theophylline is different for each person. Some
medicines and conditions may affect the way theophylline affects
your child. The right dose is based on your child's weight, the
type of medicine, how often your child needs to take it, how much
medicine is in your child's blood, and how well your child
responds to the medicine. If your child is taking this medicine,
he should have a blood test done occasionally to check how much of
the medicine is in his blood. High levels of this medicine in the
blood can lead to serious side effects.
The theophylline medicine prescribed is _________________. Your
prescribed dose is ______ mg taken every ______ hours.
The most common side effects of theophylline are nausea, vomiting,
stomachache, and diarrhea. These can also be symptoms of other
childhood illnesses, so call your healthcare provider as soon as
possible if they occur. Other less common side effects are
headache, irritability, restlessness, trouble sleeping, muscle
twitching, seizures, and a fast, pounding heartbeat. If your child
develops any side effects, STOP THE MEDICINE and call your
healthcare provider right away.
Remember, stop giving your child theophylline if he develops any
side effects and CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER.