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Lufyllin Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is dyphylline (Lufyllin)?
- What are the possible side effects of dyphylline (Lufyllin)?
- What is the most important information I should know about dyphylline (Lufyllin)?
- Who should not take dyphylline (Lufyllin)?
- How should I take dyphylline (Lufyllin)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Lufyllin)?
- What happens if I overdose (Lufyllin)?
- What should I avoid while taking dyphylline (Lufyllin)?
- What other drugs will affect dyphylline (Lufyllin)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Lufyllin)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication.
What happens if I overdose (Lufyllin)?
Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of a dyphylline overdose include nausea, vomiting, headache, insomnia, tremor (shaking hands or twitching,), restlessness, seizures, and irregular heartbeats.
What should I avoid while taking dyphylline (Lufyllin)?
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Dyphylline may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.
Do not start or stop smoking without the approval of your doctor. Smoking changes the way your body uses dyphylline, and you may need a dose adjustment.
Avoid changing your dose or changing the time of your daily doses.
Do not change the brand, generic form, or formulation (tablet, capsule, liquid) of dyphylline that you are taking without the approval of your doctor. Different brands or formulations may require different dosages.
Avoid eating excessive amounts of grilled or char-broiled foods. Doing so may also change the dose of dyphylline that you need.
Avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, and cola. Dyphylline is related chemically to caffeine, and you may experience some side effects if you consume too much caffeine.
What other drugs will affect dyphylline (Lufyllin)?
Dyphylline interacts with many other drugs. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all other medications that you are taking, including herbal remedies, vitamins, and other nonprescription items.
The following drugs may increase the levels of dyphylline in your blood, leading to dangerous side effects:
- cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB);
- fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as enoxacin (Penetrex), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), and ofloxacin (Floxin);
- clarithromycin (Biaxin) and erythromycin (Ery-Tab, E.E.S., E-Mycin, others);
- disulfiram (Antabuse);
- estrogens (Ogen, Premarin, and many other types);
- fluvoxamine (Luvox);
- methotrexate (Folex, Rheumatrex);
- mexiletine (Mexitil) and propafenone (Rythmol);
- propranolol (Inderal);
- tacrine (Cognex);
- ticlopidine (Ticlid); and
- verapamil (Verelan, Calan, Isoptin).
The following drugs may decrease dyphylline levels in your blood, leading to poor asthma control:
- aminoglutethimide (Cytadren),
- carbamazepine (Tegretol),
- isoproterenol (Isuprel),
- moricizine (Ethmozine),
- phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton),
- phenytoin (Dilantin),
- rifampin (Rifadin), and
- sucralfate (Carafate).
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with dyphylline or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about dyphylline written for health professionals that you may read.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Lufyllin Information
- Lufyllin Drug Interactions Center: dyphylline oral
- Lufyllin Side Effects Center
- Lufyllin Overview including Precautions
- Lufyllin FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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