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Doxofylline - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Doxofylline is used to manage breathing problems caused by lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma.

It is a bronchodilator which helps to treat airflow obstruction by relaxing the airways of the lungs, relieving chest tightness, wheezing, and cough so you can breathe more easily.

How do I take this medicine?

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Try to take it at the same time each day.

Continue taking Doxofylline even when you feel better/well. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

Doxofylline is available as a tablet or oral liquid.

If you are taking an oral syrup, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure out your prescribed dose.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances. If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • heart attack
  • low blood pressure
as Doxoflylline may not be suitable for you.

Do not take this medicine if you are breastfeeding.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • heart disease e.g. high blood pressure, heart failure, chest pain, irregular heartbeat
  • peptic ulcer (sores in the lining of your stomach)
  • thyroid disorder
  • fits or seizures
  • chronic cor pulmonale (high blood pressure in the blood vessels leading to the lungs)
  • hypoxaemia (low levels of oxygen in the blood)
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Doxofylline to a child or elderly person. Children and elderly people may be more sensitive to the side effects.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant.

What side effects could I experience?

This medicine may cause any of the following side effects: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, headache, dizziness, insomnia (difficulty sleeping).

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines: 
  • medicine for gout (e.g. allopurinol)
  • medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease (e.g. propranolol)
  • medicine that reduce stomach acid production (cimetidine)
  • antibiotics (e.g. erythromycin, lincomycin, ciprofloxacin)
  • medicine for fits or seizures (e.g. phenytoin)
  • asthma medicine (e.g. salbutamol)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Doxofylline.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Doxofylline - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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