Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Short-term treatment of neonatal apnoea of prematurity
Child: As citrate: 20 mg/kg (equivalent to 10 mg/kg caffeine) via IV infusion. Maintenance: 5 mg/kg daily. May also be given orally.

Adult: 100 mg in combination with ergotamine.

Mild stimulant of the central nervous system
Adult: 50-100 mg up to 200 mg. Not to be taken more often than 3 hrly. Max: 1 g/day.
May be taken with or without food.
Special Precautions
Peptic ulceration; symptomatic cardiac arrhythmias and/or palpitations; 1st several days to wk after an acute MI; neonates; pregnancy; lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, mild delirium; nausea, vomiting, gastric irritation.
IM/IV/Parenteral/PO: C
Drug Interactions
Concurrent use may reduce the sedative/anxiolytic effect of benzodiazepines. Reduced levels when used with aminoglutethimide, carbamazepine, phenobarbital or rifampin. Increased levels when used with fluvoxamine, ketoconazole, rofecoxib, ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin or ofloxacin. β-adrenergic agonists, disulfiram, aspirin.
Lab Interference
False-positive elevations of serum urate; slight increases in urine levels of vanillylmandelic acid and catecholamines which give rise to false-positive diagnosis of pheochromocytoma or neuroblastoma; slight increases in urine levels of 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid.
Description: Caffeine, a methylxanthine, is a phosphodiesterase inhibitor. It has an antagonistic effect at central adenosine receptors. It is a CNS and resp stimulant. It has bronchodilating and diuretic properties and it facilitates the performance of muscular work.
Absorption: Readily absorbed after oral admin.
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout the body.
Metabolism: Metabolised almost completely hepatically via oxidation, demethylation and acetylation.
Excretion: Excreted in the urine as 1-methyluric acid, 1-methylxanthine, 7-methylxanthine, 1,7-dimethylxanthine, 5-acetylamino-6-formylamino-3-methyluracil and other metabolites with only about 1% unchanged.
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