Oxtriphylline(bronchodilator) and guaifenesin(expectorant) combination is used for treatment or prophylaxis of asthma, or to treat chronic bronchitis and emphysema. This drug acts by opening up the bronchial tubes and increasing airflow through them and as a result relieves cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, and troubled breathing.
This drug combination requires a prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before taking this drug, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.
Due to high alcohol content of this drug, this drug is not recommended for children. This drug is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in children than it does in adults. Dose adjustments must be given to patients older than 60 years than younger adults, since side effects are more likely to occur if the amount of oxtriphylline is too high.
Studies about this drug have only been made in the adult age and there is no specific data comparing use of this drug various age groups. Adverse effects have been determined in using this drug but adequate studies regarding pregnant women or animals have yet to be performed. Studies suggest a minimal risk to infants when taking this drug during breastfeeding.
Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions.
Inform your healthcare provider is you are taking any other drugs such as:
Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with drug combination is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problem such as:
This drug must be taken either 30 minutes to 1 hour before meals or 2 hours after meals with a glass of water on an empty stomach since that way it will get into the blood sooner. This drug may be given with meals or right after meals to lessen stomach upset. This drug must be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Additional or prolonged doses could increase the chance of side effects.
The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug. Do not miss any doses to maintain the drug concentration in blood constant.
Inform your healthcare professional if you are on any special diet, such as:
Low-carbohydrate or low-protein diet
After oxtriphylline and guaifenesin combination, the blood level of theophylline must be checked at regular intervals to find out if there are necessary adjustments for the drug combination.
A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children. Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.
4 Precautions to Take
Regular visits and laboratory tests should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug as well as check for unwanted effects. The stimulant effects of caffeine-containing foods or beverages such as chocolate, cocoa, tea, coffee, and cola drinks may be potentiated by oxtriphylline in this drug. Refrain from eating or drinking large amounts of these foods or beverages while taking this drug.
If you have a fever of 102 В°F or higher for at least 24 hours or higher than 100 В°F for longer than 24 hours, consult with your healthcare professional immediately. Consult with your healthcare professional if you start or stop smoking, or do any changes with other drugs, or change your diet for a long time.
Inform your healthcare professional before you have myocardial perfusion studies as the results of the test may be affected by this drug.
5 Potential Side Effects
Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur. Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear.
Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional.
Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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