Elixophyllin

Generic Name: Theophylline

  • What is Elixophyllin?

    Elixophyllin is a medicine used to treat symptoms associated with long-term asthma and other lung diseases, such as emphysema (lung disease that causes shortness of breath) and chronic bronchitis (long-term inflammation of the lungs).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Elixophyllin?

    Your doctor will monitor your blood theophylline levels and will adjust your dose of Elixophyllin appropriately.

    Your blood theophylline levels can increase if you take Elixophyllin while you have certain heart diseases, such as heart failure or cor pulmonale (right-sided heart failure); persistent fever; hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland); liver disease, such as cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or hepatitis; kidney impairment in infants <3 months; sepsis (a bloodstream infection) with failure of multiple organs; shock; or cessation of smoking. Tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions, and he/she will decrease your total daily dose of Elixophyllin appropriately.

    Tell your doctor if you develop symptoms of theophylline toxicity (such as nausea, vomiting, persistent headache, insomnia, or rapid heartbeat) while you are taking Elixophyllin.

    Elixophyllin can worsen stomach ulcers, seizures, and arrhythmias (life-threatening irregular heartbeats). Tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions.

    Tell your doctor if you develop a new illness, worsening of a long-term illness, start or stop smoking cigarettes or marijuana, start a new medication, or stop using any of your previously prescribed medications while you are taking Elixophyllin.

  • Who should not take Elixophyllin?

    Do not take Elixophyllin if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Elixophyllin?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Elixophyllin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have certain heart diseases, swelling in your lungs, stomach ulcer, seizures, fever, thyroid problems, liver or kidney problems, or cystic fibrosis (inherited disease that causes your mucus to be thick and sticky, and may result in difficulty breathing).

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children >45 kg: The recommended starting dose is 300 milligrams (mg) a day, divided into smaller doses to give every 6-8 hours. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you and will increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    Children <45 kg: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight.

  • How should I take Elixophyllin?

    Take Elixophyllin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take extra doses or take more often without asking your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Elixophyllin?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Elixophyllin?

    If Elixophyllin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Elixophyllin may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking.

  • What are the possible side effects of Elixophyllin?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: arrhythmia, diarrhea, headache, increased urination, insomnia, irritability, nausea, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, seizure, tremor, vomiting

  • Can I receive Elixophyllin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Elixophyllin during pregnancy are unknown. Elixophyllin is excreted into your breast milk. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Elixophyllin?

    If you miss a dose of Elixophyllin, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Elixophyllin?

    Store at room temperature.