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    Information about Aminophylline

    Aminophylline uses

    Aminophylline is used in the treatment of asthma prevention and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

    How aminophylline works

    Aminophylline is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing the muscles of the airways. This opens the airways and makes breathing easier.

    Common side effects of aminophylline

    Nausea, Vomiting, Headache, Abdominal upset, Restlessness

    Available Medicine for Aminophylline

    Expert advice for Aminophylline

    • It is better to take Aminophylline in the evening around 7-8 pm for protection against asthma symptoms throughout the night.
    • Aminophylline will not work for sudden wheezing or asthma attacks once they start. Always keep a fast-acting (rescue) inhaler with you.
    • Not as effective as steroid inhalers for asthma.
    • Do not discontinue use without consulting your doctor even if you feel better.
    • Notify your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with the kidney, liver or heart disease, or have a smoking history. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
    • Taking Aminophylline can reduce the requirement of steroids by 50%.

    Frequently asked questions for Aminophylline


    Q. Is Aminophylline a steroid/ an antibiotic?

    Aminophylline is not a steroid or antibiotic, it belongs to xanthine derivatives class of medications

    Q. Is aminophylline same as theophylline?

    No. Aminophylline is a complex of theophylline and ethylenediamine

    Q. Does Aminophylline cause dyspnea/ diuresis/ bradycardia/ tachycardia?

    Aminophylline is known to cause dyspnea, diuresis or tachycardia. However, it does not cause bradycardia. Consult your doctor, if you experience any side effects.

    Content on this page was last updated on 15 December, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)