Hospira | Aminophylline (Medication)


This medication is used in combination with other medicines to treat and prevent wheezing and trouble breathing caused by ongoing lung disease (e. g. , asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis). Aminophylline belongs to a class of drugs known as xanthines. It works in the airways by relaxing muscles, opening air passages to improve breathing, and decreasing the lungs' response to irritants. Controlling symptoms of breathing problems can decrease time lost from work or school. ...

Side Effect:

Stomach pain/cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, headache, trouble sleeping, irritability, restlessness, nervousness, shaking, flushing, and increased urination may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:confusion, dizziness, mental/mood changes, muscle twitching/pain/tenderness/weakness, rapid breathing. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:fainting, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, seizures. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.

However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:rash, red/scaly skin, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. ...


Before using aminophylline, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to theophylline, theobromine, caffeine, or ethylenediamine; or if you have any other allergies. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:a certain breathing disorder (cystic fibrosis), a certain eye problem (glaucoma), diabetes, heart problems (e. g. , congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, current fever/flu-like symptoms, kidney disease, liver disease (e. g. , cirrhosis), seizures, stomach/intestinal ulcer, thyroid disease.

This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its effects. Careful monitoring of side effects and drug blood levels is recommended. Caution is advised when using this drug in children, especially newborns and children younger than 1 year, because they may be more sensitive to its effects. Careful monitoring of side effects, drug blood levels, and dose adjustment is recommended.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. ...