This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug, changing your diet or commencing any course of treatment.
Very important. A change in your diet, medicine, or dosage may be necessary. Promptly consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How the interaction occurs:
The cause of the interaction is not known.
What might happen:
When theophylline is taken with food, it may either increase or decrease your blood level of this medicine. A decrease in the blood level of this medicine may decrease its beneficial effects. An increase in the blood levels of this medicine may cause serious side effects.The effect of food on your blood level of this medicine may vary depending on the carbohydrate (sugars and starches) and protein content of the food.
What you should do about this interaction:
Always take sustained-release theophylline with meals or always take it on an empty stomach (one hour before or two hours after food).Some sustained-release theophylline products have specific manufacturer's instructions regarding when to take this medicine relative relative to food. Follow the specific instructions. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) for more information about your particular product.Tell your doctor immediately if you develop chest pain, rapid or irregular heartbeat, confusion, stomach pain, or breathing difficulties while taking this medication.Your healthcare professionals may be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change your medicine or diet before checking with them first.
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