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What are the side effects of using theophylline as a bronchodilator?

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Side effects of theophylline include:

These side effects may also be a sign of an overdose. Your doctor will check your blood levels of the drug to make sure you are receiving the proper amount.

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomachache
  • Headache
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Muscle cramps
  • Jittery or nervous feeling
  • Hyperactivity

SOURCES: National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Inhaled Medication with a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)."  Asthma Society of Canada: "How to Use Your Inhaler." Science Daily: "New Asthma Inhaler Propellant Effective, but Costlier." Children's Hospital Boston: "Allergy Treatment." Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children." FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.
American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology: "Asthma" and "Allergy and Asthma Drug Guide."






Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 12, 2019

SOURCES: National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Inhaled Medication with a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)."  Asthma Society of Canada: "How to Use Your Inhaler." Science Daily: "New Asthma Inhaler Propellant Effective, but Costlier." Children's Hospital Boston: "Allergy Treatment." Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children." FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.
American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology: "Asthma" and "Allergy and Asthma Drug Guide."






Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 12, 2019

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