Pentopak is xanthine derivative which improves blood flow through blood vessels. This drug used for the reduction of leg pain caused by poor blood circulation resulting in longer walking distances before resting due to leg cramps. This drug requires a prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before using Pentopak, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. 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.
Data comparing the use of pentoxifylline in children with use in other age groups are still unavailable. The elderly have an increased chance of side effects due to their sensitivity to this drug. , who are usually more sensitive than younger adults to the effects of pentoxifylline.
Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate. Infant risk is still undetermined when taking this drug during breastfeeding. Discuss with your healthcare professional about the risks and benefits of this drug before 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 to prevent any unwanted side effects.
Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as:
Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug 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 problems such as any condition in which there is a risk of bleeding, kidney or liver disease.
To use Pentopak properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. The tablet must be swallowed whole. Crushing, breaking, or chewing the drug before swallowing is not recommended.
This drug must be taken with meals and an antacid to prevent upsetting your stomach. 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. Adults with peripheral vascular disease are given 400 milligrams two to three times a day, taken with meals.
Use in children must be determined by your healthcare professional. 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 drug 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
Before using Pentopak, there are some precautions you must take. The effects of this drug may take several weeks before it can work properly.
Check with your healthcare professional before you stop taking this drug. It is recommended to avoid smoking since nicotine may cause vasoconstriction.
5 Potential Side Effects
As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Pentopak. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur. Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms.
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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