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Uniphyl Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking theophylline (Uniphyl)?

You should not use theophylline if you are allergic to it.

To make sure theophylline is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:

  • a gastric or peptic ulcer;
  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
  • heart disease, high blood pressure, a heart rhythm disorder;
  • a high fever (102 degrees or higher);
  • any chronic or recurrent illness;
  • fluid in your lungs;
  • a thyroid disorder;
  • liver disease (especially cirrhosis or hepatitis);
  • kidney disease;
  • serious infection called sepsis;
  • enlarged prostate or urination problems;
  • a history of alcoholism; or
  • if you smoke or have recently quit smoking cigarettes or marijuana.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether theophylline will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Theophylline can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.

Serious side effects may be more likely in older adults taking theophylline.

How should I take theophylline (Uniphyl)?

Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not take theophylline in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.

Do not use theophylline to treat an asthma or bronchospasm attack. Use only a fast acting inhalation medication.

Your dose and the number of times you take theophylline daily will depend on the reason you are taking this medication.

Your dosage needs may change if you are ill, or if your doctor changes your brand, strength, or type of theophylline. You will need regular medical tests to be sure you are using the right dose. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor's advice.

Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

Follow your doctor's instructions about whether to take your medication with food or on an empty stomach. Take the medication the same way every time.

Do not crush, chew, break, or open an extended-release tablet or capsule. Swallow it whole. Breaking or opening the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

This medication can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using theophylline.

Do not start or stop smoking without first talking to your doctor. Smoking changes the way your body uses theophylline, and you may need to use a different dose.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

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