Molecule Description

Etofylline+Theophylline is a combination medicine. It is used for the treatment ...
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Uses of Etofylline+Theophylline

Etofylline+Theophylline is used to manage the airway obstruction or tightening associated with asthma or COPD.

Contraindications of Etofylline+Theophylline

When should one not use Etofylline+Theophylline

  • If you are allergic to theophylline, etofylline or similar medicines.
  • If this medicine is given along with other medicines like ephedrine to treat asthma in children less than 6 years of age.
  • If you suffer from a rare blood disorder called porphyria.
  • This combination should not be used in children less than 6 months old.

Side effects of Etofylline+Theophylline

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Injection site reactions

Precautions and Warnings of Etofylline+Theophylline



Can I take etofylline+theophylline during pregnancy?
Consult a doctor before using the etofylline+theophylline during pregnancy as limited safety information is available.

Breast Feeding

Can I take etofylline+theophylline while breastfeeding?
Components of Deriphyllin Retard 150 tablet pass into the breastmilk, thus it should only be used if prescribed by the doctor.


Can I drive if I have taken the etofylline+theophylline?
Avoid driving if you feel dizzy after taking etofylline+theophylline.


Can I consume alcohol with etofylline+theophylline?
Avoid consuming alcohol with etofylline+theophylline as it may worsen the side effects & may also alter the way it works.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have problems with your heart, liver or kidney.
  • You have stomach ulcers.
  • You have a thyroid problem.
  • You have fits.
  • You have difficulty passing urine (in male patients).
  • You have a fever or a viral infection.
  • You are a smoker or have a habit of drinking alcohol regularly.

Mode of Action of Etofylline+Theophylline

How Does It Work?

  • Etofylline is a derivative of theophylline. It works by dilating and relaxing the airway muscles.
  • Theophylline decreases swelling in the lungs of asthma patients and helps to relieve the feeling of blockage.

Interactions of Etofylline+Theophylline

Interactions with other medicines

  • Some medicines can affect the way etofylline+theophylline works or this medicine itself can reduce the effectiveness of other medicines taken at the same time.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines, supplements or herbals you are currently taking or might take to avoid any possible interactions.
  • Especially, if you are taking antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, enoxacin or medicines like halothane, anticancer medicines such as lomustine, lithium, steroids, water pills, ephedrine, ketamine, aminogl...
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Content Details


Dr. Arpit Verma

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

A: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition where the airway is narrowed or swollen due to the presence of mucous, which leads to breathing difficulties and coughing.

Q: In which all dosage forms is Etofylline+Theophylline available?

A: Etofylline+Theophylline is available in the form of a tablet, syrup, injection.
Last Updated on: 20 Nov 2021 | 11:49 AM (IST)

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