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Theophylline is a custom pharmacy drug classified as a bronchodilator. Theophylline is effective in relaxing air passages within the lungs, allowing them to open, which facilitates breathing. Theophylline is used to treat many symptoms such as wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath due to various lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.


Theophylline is generally taken orally, given as a solution, tablet, capsule, or syrup. Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend a 6, 12, or 24-hour dosing schedule. Follow the dosage schedule your doctor recommends for you. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have further questions. Theophylline should be taken on an empty stomach with a full glass of water. Take theophylline at least one hour before or two hours after a meal.


Theophylline may provide many benefits, but like any drug or medication it can also produce unwanted side effects in some patients or users. It is not possible to know in advance of taking the drug exactly which side effects, if any, a patient or user might experience. Talk to your doctor about possible side effects so you will know what to expect and how to respond in the event that you do experience any. Some of the side effects seen with theophylline are:

  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset Stomach
  • Stomach Pain
  • Headache

NOTE: If you experience any side effect that lingers or worsens, see your doctor.

Severe Side Effects Overview:

Some patients or users may experience potentially dangerous, severe side effects. If you experience anything during your course of theophylline that feels severe, see your doctor right away, or get prompt medical attention at an approved healthcare center. Some of the more commonly seen potentially severe side effects are listed below. Please be aware that this list is not comprehensive and that you could possibly experience a severe side effect, or several, not listed herein.

  • Seizures
  • Skin Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Accelerated Heart Rate
  • Rapid Heart Rate


Never take theophylline without your doctor's approval. Anyone considering use of theophylline in any form should first undergo a medical overview, consultation, and general physical with their primary care doctor.

Many conditions, diseases, situations, and drug interactions may contraindicate the use of theophylline. Ask your doctor about contraindications that may be relevant to you and your condition.

Theophylline is contraindicated for the following:

  • Active Peptic Ulcer

Theophylline may be contraindicated for any of the conditions, patients, situations, etc. that are listed below. Talk to your doctor if any of the following applies to you:

  • Seizure Disorder
  • Fever (or signs of)
  • Sepsis with Multiple Organ Failure
  • Shock
  • Smoking Habit Changes
  • Elderly Patients
  • Neonates or Infants
  • Arrhythmias
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Hepatic Impairment
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Therapeutic Plasma Levels Between 55 and 110 µmol/l (10-20 µg/ml)
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