Treating active symptoms and blockage of airway due to asthma or other lung diseases such as emphysema or bronchitis. It is used in combination with other medicines.

Aminophylline is a xanthine derivative. It works by relaxing the smooth muscle surrounding the bronchial tubes (air passages) of the lungs, allowing the tubes to widen, making breathing easier. Aminophylline improves contraction of the diaphragm (the major breathing muscle).

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  • Generic only
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking aminophylline:

    Rare:
    Cracks in the skin
    loss of heat from the body
    red, swollen skin
    scaly skin
    skin rash
    Incidence not known:
    Chest pain or discomfort
    dizziness
    fainting
    fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
    increase in urine volume
    lightheadedness
    persistent vomiting
    pounding or rapid pulse
    seizures
    shakiness
    If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking aminophylline, get emergency help immediately:

    Symptoms of overdose:
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    blurred vision
    confusion
    confusion about identity, place, and time
    dark-colored urine
    decrease in frequency of urination
    decreased urine
    diarrhea
    difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    dry mouth
    fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    fever
    increased thirst
    irregular heartbeat
    loss of appetite
    mood changes
    muscle cramps or spasms
    muscle pain or stiffness
    nausea or vomiting
    nervousness
    numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
    pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
    painful urination
    shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
    shortness of breath
    sweating
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with aminophylline may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Incidence not known:
    Headache
    irritability
    restlessness
    sleeplessness
    trouble sleeping
    unable to sleep
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