Salbutamol + theophylline

Full Prescribing Info
Dosage/Direction for Use

Chronic bronchitis, Emphysema, Asthma
Adult: Per tab contains salbutamol 2 mg and theophylline 100 mg: 1 or 2 tab 3-4 times daily.
Child: Child (under 6 yrs) salbutamol (0.5-1mg) + theophylline (25-50mg) t.i.d/q.i.d. SR (S 4mg+T 300mg) 1 tab b.i.d.
Hypersensitivity, thyrotoxicosis.
Special Precautions
Hepatic impairment, cardiac failure, hypertension, arrhythmias, pulmonary oedema, hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, history of peptic ulcer and convulsive disorders, patients on MAOIs or tricyclic antidepressants, high fever, neonates and infants, pregnancy, lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Seizures, tremor, muscle cramps, palpitation, hypokalaemia, headache, anorexia, nausea, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, rarely rash and angioedema.
Potentially Fatal: Arrhythmias including premature ventricular contractions.
Drug Interactions
Increased theophylline toxicity with propranolol, cimetidine, erythromycin (7-5 days), quinolone antibiotics. Reduced efficacy with rifampicin, phenobarbitone, phenytoin, carbamazepine, sulfinpyrazone and smoking. Increased risk of hypokalaemia with diuretics.
Potentially Fatal: With anaesthetics, pancuronium bromide and sympathomimetics (increased risk of arrhythmias).
Food Interaction
Absorption of theophylline reduced variably by different types of food.
Lab Interference
Theophylline may cause spurious elevations of serum uric acid and increase in urinary catecholamines.
Salbutamol is a selective β2-agonist. It causes bronchial smooth muscle relaxation via the cyclic adenyl cyclase (cAMP) system. Theophylline is a phosphodiesterase inhibitor. It enhances intracellular cAMP conc thereby contributing to bronchial smooth muscle relaxation. It also suppresses airway hyper-response to stimuli. Advantage of this combination is the additive effect allowing reduction of individual doses.
ATC Classification
R03DA04 - theophylline ; Belongs to the class of xanthines. Used in the systemic treatment of obstructive airway diseases.
R03AC02 - salbutamol ; Belongs to the class of adrenergic inhalants, selective beta-2-adrenoreceptor agonists. Used in the treatment of obstructive airway diseases.
R03CC02 - salbutamol ; Belongs to the class of adrenergics for systemic use, selective beta-2-adrenoreceptor agonists. Used in the treatment of obstructive airway diseases.
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