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Composition for ASMAPAX DEPOT

Theophylline(65 mg),Ephedrine(50 mg),Phenobarbital(30 mg)

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alcohol interaction for ASMAPAX DEPOT

pregnancy interaction for ASMAPAX DEPOT

lactation interaction for ASMAPAX DEPOT

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Asmapax depot tablet may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Asmapax depot tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Asmapax depot tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Theophylline(65 mg)


Theophylline is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (a group of lung diseases that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema). It is also used to treat temporary interruption of breathing (apnea) in newborns.

How it works

Theophylline belongs to a class of drugs called xanthines. It works in the airways by relaxing muscles, opening air passages to improve breathing, and decreasing the lungs response to irritants.

Common side effects

Convulsion, Headache, Altered heart rate, Insomnia, Irritation, Restlessness, Skin rash, Stomach pain, Stomach upset, Tachycardia, Vomiting, Diarrhoea
Ephedrine(50 mg)


Ephedrine is used to treat conditions such as asthma wherein patient may experience difficulty in breathing due to constriction of air passages (bronchospasms) and as nasal decongestants. It may also be used to treat low blood pressure (hypotension) caused during spinal or epidural anesthesia. It is indicated as a central nervous system stimulant in narcolepsy (extreme tendency to fall asleep in relaxing surroundings) and depressive states. It is also used in myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular disease characterized by very weak muscles and unusual tiredness).

How it works

Ephedrine belongs to a class of medications called sympathomimetic agents. It acts by relaxing the air passages and constricting the blood vessels in the nose for relieving nasal congestion and heart for increasing the blood pressure. It also act on brain, which accounts for its use in narcolepsy.

Common side effects

Nervousness, Altered heart rate, Anxiety, Blood circulation disorder, Decreased blood pressure, Dehydration, Insomnia, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Headache, Loss of appetite, Nausea, Tachycardia, Tremor
Phenobarbital(30 mg)



How it works

Phenobarbitone is a short-acting barbiturate. It depresses the sensory cortex, reduces motor activity, changes cerebellar function, and produces drowsiness, sedation and hypnosis. Its anticonvulsant property is exhibited at high doses.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Facial swelling, Allergic reaction, Blisters on skin, Confusion, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Shortness of breath, Excitement, Skin rash, Fever, Headache


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Expert advice for ASMAPAX DEPOT

  • Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
  • If you develop a fever/flu-like symptoms while taking this medication, tell your doctor promptly. The dose of your medicine may need to be adjusted.
  • Drinking or eating foods high in caffeine, like coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate, may increase the side effects caused by theophylline. Avoid large amounts of these substances while you are taking theophylline.
  • Do not take theophylline if you are allergic to theophylline, similar medicines (eg, aminophylline), or xanthines (eg, caffeine).
  • Consult your doctor before taking theophylline if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
  • Consult your doctor  before taking theophylline if you are in the last 3 months of pregnancy.

Frequently asked questions for ASMAPAX DEPOT


Q. Is theophylline a steroid/ corticosteroid/ phosphodiesterase inhibitor/ stimulant/ antibiotic/ beta agonist/ bronchodilator/ used for COPD?
Theophylline (also available as Unicontin) is a xanthine derivative and a nonselective phosphodiesterase inhibitor. It is a stimulant; not an antibiotic or beta agonist. Theophylline is a bronchodilator and used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases.
Q. Does theophylline cause weight gain/ raise blood pressure/ weight loss/ insomnia/ tachycardia/ constipation/ hair loss?
Theophylline may cause increased heart rate, irregular heartbeat, insomnia. However, it is unlikely to cause weight gain, weight loss or hair loss. If any of the above side effects occur while taking theophylline, check with your doctor immediately.
Q. Does theophylline need to weaned/ tapered?
No. Theophylline need not be weaned or tapered.


Q. Is ephedrine dangerous/safe?
Ephedrine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is ephedrine illegal/ controlled substance?
Ephedrine is legal. Ephedrine is not currently classified as a controlled substance.  
Q. Is ephedrine a stimulant?
Yes, ephedrine is a stimulant. 
Q. Does ephedrine raise blood pressure?
Yes, ephedrine may increase blood pressure. It is used to treat low blood pressure (hypotension) caused during spinal or epidural anesthesia.
Q. Does ephedrine cause hair loss/ drowsiness/ constipation/ acne/ weight loss?
No, ephedrine is not known to cause hair loss, drowsiness, constipation, acne or weight loss. However, consult your doctor if you experience such side effects.
Q. Does ephedrine burn muscle/help lose weight?
Ephedrine is known to cause weight loss. However, it is not widely used as a treatment for weight loss. 

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Content on this page was last updated on 02 November, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)