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
Severe 2
Moderate 2
Mild 3
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Theophylline

Side effect Patients
Acid reflux 1
Blurry vision 1
Dizziness and feeling faint 1
Muscle spasms 1
Numbness in hands 1
Shakiness 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Theophylline

Dosage Patients
400 mg twice daily 2
450 mg daily 1
300 mg twice daily 1
1,200 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Theophylline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 6
Other 3
Did not seem to work 2
Doctor's advice 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Theophylline

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Theophylline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 7
Not specified 5

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Theophylline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
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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