Elixophyllinand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Theophylline
What is a generic medication?
Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
80mg/15mL Oral Solution
No generic is available for Elixophyllin 80mg/15mL.
- Marketed as Theolair Liquid in Canada
- Manufactured by Graceway Pharmaceuticals
- Product of Canada • Shipped from Canada
- Prescription Required
No generic is available for Elixophyllin 80mg/15mL.
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Elixophyllin Drug Information
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Elixophyllin Drug Information
Theophylline is used to treat lung diseases such as asthma and COPD (bronchitis, emphysema). It must be used regularly to prevent wheezing and shortness of breath. Elixophyllin belongs to a class of drugs known as xanthines. It works in the airways by relaxing muscles, opening breathing passages, and decreasing the lungs' response to irritants. Controlling symptoms of breathing problems can decrease time lost from work or school. Elixophyllin must be used regularly to be effective. It does not work right away and should not be used to relieve sudden breathing problems. If sudden shortness of breath occurs, use your quick-relief inhaler as prescribed.
How to Use Elixophyllin
Take Elixophyllin by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually 3 to 4 times daily. If this medicine upsets your stomach, you may take it with food. Measure the dose carefully using a special measuring device/cup. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. The Dosage of Elixophyllin is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, weight, lab tests (theophylline blood levels), and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start Elixophyllin at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Certain diets (such as high protein/low carbohydrate or high carbohydrate/low protein) may change the effect of theophylline. Tell your doctor if you have any major changes in your diet. Your doctor may need to adjust your dose. Take Elixophyllin regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day. Keep taking Elixophyllin even if you feel well. Do not increase your dose, use Elixophyllin more often, or stop using it without first consulting your doctor. Get medical help right away if your asthma symptoms worsen or if you are using your quick-relief inhaler more than usual or more often than prescribed.
Before using theophylline, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other xanthine drugs (such as aminophylline, oxtriphylline, caffeine); or if you have any other allergies. Elixophyllin may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Elixophyllin, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,stomach/intestinal ulcer, seizures, thyroid disease, heart problems (such as heart failure, irregular heartbeat), liver disease, high blood pressure. If you get sick or have a fever while taking Elixophyllin, tell your doctor right away. The dose of your medicine may need to be adjusted. Elixophyllin may contain sugar and/or alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, liver disease, or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using Elixophyllin safely. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Elixophyllin, especially fast/irregular heartbeat, or trouble sleeping. Careful monitoring of side effects and drug blood levels is recommended. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of Elixophyllin. Careful monitoring of side effects and drug blood levels is recommended. During pregnancy, Elixophyllin should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Changes in your body during the last 3 months of pregnancy may affect the amount of Elixophyllin in your blood. Your doctor should carefully monitor the amount of drug in your blood, as well as any side effects, so that your dose may be changed if needed. Elixophyllin passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Elixophyllin, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.riociguat. Other medications can affect the removal of theophylline from your body, which may affect how theophylline works. Examples include cimetidine, disulfiram, fluvoxamine, interferon, mexiletine, propranolol, rifampin, drugs used to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), St. John's wort, ticlopidine, among others. Cigarette/marijuana (cannabis) smoking decreases blood levels of Elixophyllin. Tell your doctor if you smoke or if you have recently stopped smoking. Caffeine and alcohol can increase the side effects of Elixophyllin. Avoid drinking large amounts of beverages containing alcohol or caffeine (such as coffee, tea, colas), eating large amounts of chocolate, or taking nonprescription products that contain caffeine. Theophylline is very similar to aminophylline and oxtriphylline. Do not use medications containing aminophylline or oxtriphylline while using theophylline. Elixophyllin may interfere with certain laboratory tests (such as blood sugar, cholesterol, uric acid, dipyridamole-thallium imaging tests), possibly causing false test results. Make sure lab personnel and all your doctors know you use Elixophyllin.
Elixophyllin Side Effects
What are Elixophyllin side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Elixophyllin may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Elixophyllin as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Elixophyllin
The side effects of Elixophyllin may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Elixophyllin. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Elixophyllin may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Elixophyllin, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Elixophyllin.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Elixophyllin, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Elixophyllin and the side effects associated with Elixophyllin are described in the following:
Common Elixophyllin Side Effects
Less Frequent Elixophyllin Side Effects
- gastroesophageal reflux disease
- headache disorder
- abdominal pain with cramps
Rare or Very Rare Elixophyllin Side Effects
- SIADH syndrome
- sinus tachycardia
- seizure disorder
- bloody vomit
- muscle fasciculation
- increased urinary frequency
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Elixophyllin when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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