What is this medication for?
Oxtriphylline belongs to the family of medications known as bronchodilators. It opens the airways, which helps to relieve symptoms associated with breathing problems such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Oxtriphylline is used to treat or prevent the symptoms of asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other diseases involving constriction (narrowing) of the airways.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Choledyl SA by Warner
Chilcott is available as:
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
The dose of oxtriphylline is carefully determined by your doctor based on your age and response to the medication. Sometimes blood tests are required in order to make sure that the levels of oxtriphylline are within the range that will be effective, yet not high enough to cause unwanted side effects.
The usual adult starting dose is 400 mg to 600 mg every 12 hours. The dosage may be increased or decreased by your doctor. The maximum dose is 1,600 mg per day.
Take oxtriphylline before meals with a glass of water. You may take this medication with water to lessen the chance of stomach upset. Take your dose of oxtriphylline at the same time every day. Do not crush or chew oxtriphylline tablets, but you may cut them in half if a score line appears on the tablet.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from
light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to oxtriphylline, any other xanthines (e.g., theophylline), or any ingredients of the medication
- have an active stomach ulcer
- have an uncontrolled seizure disorder
- have coronary artery disease, high blood pressre, or heart disease, when stimulation of the heart might prove harmful