Trental Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is pentoxifylline (Trental)?
- What are the possible side effects of pentoxifylline (Trental)?
- What is the most important information I should know about pentoxifylline (Trental)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking pentoxifylline (Trental)?
- How should I take pentoxifylline (Trental)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Trental)?
- What happens if I overdose (Trental)?
- What should I avoid while taking pentoxifylline (Trental)?
- What other drugs will affect pentoxifylline (Trental)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking pentoxifylline (Trental)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to pentoxifylline, or if you are allergic to caffeine or theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Theo-Dur, Slo-Bid, Theochron, Theolair, Uniphyl, and others).
You also should not use pentoxifylline if you have recently had any type of bleeding in your brain or the retina of your eyes.
To make sure you can safely take pentoxifylline, tell your doctor if you have other medical conditions, especially:
- angina (chest pain);
- a heart rhythm disorder;
- high blood pressure (hypertension);
- a stomach or intestinal ulcer;
- kidney disease; or
- if you have recently had surgery.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether pentoxifylline will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Pentoxifylline can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using pentoxifylline.
How should I take pentoxifylline (Trental)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Pentoxifylline is usually taken 3 times each day, with meals. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
It may take up to 4 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 8 weeks of treatment.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Additional Trental Information
- Trental Drug Interactions Center: pentoxifylline oral
- Trental Side Effects Center
- Trental Overview including Precautions
- Trental FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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