What is Theophylline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Theo-Dur Uniphyllin Theo-24 Show all

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See also: Broncofar Plus Jarabe

Theophylline is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, and breathing problems caused by asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases. It makes breathing easier by relaxing and opening air passages in the lungs.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 5 3
Wheezing 5 4
Asthma 4 3
Aspirin induced asthma 1 0
Borderline personality disorder 1 3

Show all 8 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 3
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Theophylline

Side effect Patients Percentage
Acid reflux 1
Blurry vision 1
Shakiness 1
Sinus tachycardia 1
Tremor in hands 1
Tremor(s) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Theophylline

Dosage Patients Percentage
50 mg twice daily 1
300 mg twice daily 1
400 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Theophylline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 5
Other 3
Doctor's advice 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Theophylline

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Theophylline

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 10
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 7
Not specified 4

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Theophylline and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Montelukast (Singulair) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Theophylline

Apr 25, 2012 (Started Dec 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 12, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Mild (shakiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: shakiness

  • 0 helpful marks
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