CODceDuate OD theophyUiDe therapy
Uq.'d (aminophylline, Fisons)
DESCRIPTION: Each 5 ml (teaspoonful)contains aminophylline105 mg (equivalentto 90 mg theophyllinebase) in a palatable base. Each 15 ml (tablespoonful)contains aminophylline 315 mg (equivalentto 270 mg theophylline base): NONALCOHOLIC SUGAR-FREE AcnONS: The prindpal pharmacologicalactions of aminophyllineare to relaxsmooth muscle, notably bronchial muscle,stimulatethe central nervous system, act on the kidneyto produce diuresis,and to stimulatecardiac muscle. INDICAUONS: For the symptomaticreliefof bronchialasthma, pulmonary emphysema, chronic bronchitisand other pulmonary diseases with bronchospasm. CONT8AINDICAUONS: SomophyUlne Oral Uquid (amlnophyl1lne) is contraindicatedin those patients who have shown hypersensitivity to itor to other theophyllinederivatives. WAIININGS AND PRECAUTIONS: Use with caution Inthe presence of severe hypertension. and In infantsand young chlJdren. Other formulations containingtheophyllineor itsderivativesshould not be administered concomitandy.Metabolismof aminophyllinemay be Impaired(leadingto the possibility of toxicblood levelson flx~d dosage regimens) in patients with severe pulmonary or cardiovasculardisease; or associated liver dysfunction. NOTE: The metabolismof theophylline is a major factorInthe observed interpatientserum level variability. Ideally,all Individuals should have serum theophyllinelevelsmeasured and a theophylline half-life calculatedwhichwould enable doses and dosing regimensto be tailoredto each patient to maintain a therapeutic level,and insure optimal clinical response and avoid tOxidty. ADVEllSE IlEAcnONS: Toxidty of theophyllineand Itsderivatives(e.g., aminophylline)may manifest as nausea. vomiting,peripheral vascular collapse, reactivationof peptic ulcers,Intestinal bleeding, albuminuria, palpitation,nervousness, and Insomnia. DOSAGE AND ADJllNlSTllAUON: Severe BronchospasticAttack:Adults;Four or ftveteaspoonfuls. Children; over the age of four years, the Initial dose.of1 teaspoonful per 40 pounds (18 kg.) of body weight is recommended. Dosage can be Increased'1 mg./2.2Ibs./dose (1 mg./1 kg./dose) each week depending upon clinicaIimprovemenl ChlJdrenunder 4 years of age, dosage at the directionof physician;lowerlnitialdosages (mg./kg.) may be required. (Preferably take dosage priorto meals witha glass of water.) JlAlNTENANCE 24-80011 THERAPY: Adults; two or three teaspoonfuls before breakfastand to be repeated at six (6) hour intervalsas required. Dosage should be adjusted to reflecttherapeutic serum levelsof approximately 10 IJ.g./ml. Children over the age of four, the recommended Initial dose is between 2.3 and 2.7 mg./lb. (5 and 6 mg./kg.)and is reflectedin the table below.
r:=:ryIBa:.e In mg.
Oral ~. (af!'lnophyllne) InTeaspoonfuls
135 mg. 180 mg.
1~ teaspoonfuls 2 teaspoonfuls
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