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Pentoxifylline

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Uses

Pentoxifylline is used in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease and intermittent claudication.

How it works

Pentoxifylline increases the blood flow to arms and legs.

Common side effects

Nausea, Abdominal bloating, Agitation, Aseptic meningitis, Biliary obstruction, Bleeding, Blood in vomit, Blood in stool, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Headache, Altered heart rate, Skin bleeding, Skin redness, Tachycardia, Vomiting

Available Medicine

  • ₹6 to ₹47
    Sanofi India Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹27
    Cipla Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹27
    Abbott India Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹5 to ₹84
    Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹28
    Lincoln Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    1 variant(s)

Expert advice

  • Do not use pentoxifylline if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to pentoxifylline or any other ingredient in the medicine.
  • Do not use pentoxifylline if you have serious heart problems, if you had a stroke with bleeding in brain; or if you had bleeding in the eye.
  • Patients taking pentoxifylline are advised to exercise caution while driving or operating machines.
  • Do not stand up and raise from the bed quickly as it may cause dizziness.

Frequently asked questions

Pentoxifylline

Q. What is pentoxifylline used for?
Pentoxifylline belongs to a group of medicines called peripheral vasodilators. It works by increasing the blood flow to the arms and legs. Pentoxifylline is used to treat peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation to the arms and legs) and intermittent claudication (pain on walking or at rest caused by poor circulation to the legs).
Q. Is pentoxifylline safe?
Pentoxifylline is safe if prescribed at the dose and duration as advised by your doctor
Q. Is pentoxifylline available over the counter?
Pentoxifylline is a prescription drug and is available when advised by the doctor.
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Q. Is pentoxifylline banned in india?
Pentoxifylline is not banned in India. It is a prescription medicine and is available when advised by your doctor.
Q. Is pentoxifylline a narcotic substance?
Pentoxifylline is not a narcotic substance. Pentoxifylline belongs to a group of medicines called peripheral vasodilators.
Q. Is pentoxifylline an antibiotic?
Pentoxifylline is not an antibiotic. Pentoxifylline belongs to a group of medicines called peripheral vasodilators.
Q. Is pentoxifylline a blood thinner?
Pentoxifylline is not a blood thinner. Pentoxifylline belongs to a group of medicines called peripheral vasodilators.
Q. Is pentoxifylline an anticoagulant?
Pentoxifylline is not an anticoagulant. Pentoxifylline belongs to a group of medicines called peripheral vasodilators.
Q. Is pentoxifylline safe?
Pentoxifylline is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by the doctor.
Q. Is pentoxifylline a steroid?
Pentoxifylline is not a steroid. Pentoxifylline belongs to a group of medicines called peripheral vasodilators.
Q. Does pentoxifylline cause weight gain?
Pentoxifylline does not cause weight gain. Please consult your doctor if you experience weight gain after taking pentoxifylline as it may require further investigation and management.
Q. Does pentoxifylline cause weight loss?
Pentoxifylline does not cause weight loss. Please consult your doctor if you experience weight loss after taking pentoxifylline as it may require further investigation and management.
Q. Does pentoxifylline work for Peyronie's disease?
Pentoxifylline has been found to be effective in treatment of Peyronie's disease. Do not take pentoxifylline for a Peyronie's disease unless advised by your doctor. If you think you are suffering from Peyronie's disease, please consult your doctor it requires proper diagnosis and treatment.
Q. Does pentoxifylline work?
Pentoxifylline works if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. How does pentoxifylline work in alcoholic hepatitis?
Tumor necrosis factor (TNFα) is a cell signaling protein (cytokine) involved in systemic inflammation and is increased in alcoholic liver disease (ALD), and alcoholic hepatitis (AH) in particular. Pentoxifylline works by decreasing the level of TNF-α in alcoholic hepatitis. Talk to your doctor regarding its use in hepatitis.
Q. How long does pentoxifylline take to work?
You may need to take pentoxifylline for two to four weeks or even up to eight weeks before you get the full effect of pentoxifylline. Please follow your doctor's instructions regarding its use.
Q. How much does pentoxifylline cost?
The cost of pentoxifylline varies depending on the brand.

Content on this page was last updated on 31 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)