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Molecule Description

Doxofylline is used for the treatment of bronchial asthma and chronic obstructi

ve pulmonary disease (COPD). It works by relaxing the smooth muscles of the airways, widening it and thus making it easier to breathe. Doxofylline is available in the form of tablets, capsules, syrup, injection. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding and about all the medicines and supplements you take and all the conditions or diseases you suffer from, before starting doxofylline.


Uses of Doxofylline

Doxofylline is used for the treatment of bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Contraindications of Doxofylline

When should one not use Doxofylline

  • If you are allergic to doxofylline or similar medicines
  • If you are suffering from any heart problems like heart attack, low blood pressure, etc
  • If you are a breastfeeding/lactating mother

Side effects of Doxofylline

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Irritation
  • Insomnia
  • Injection site reactions

Precautions and Warnings of Doxofylline



Can I take doxofylline during pregnancy?
Doxofylline should not be used during pregnancy unless your doctor considers it essential after assessing the benefits over risks.

Breast Feeding

Can I take doxofylline while breastfeeding?
Doxofylline must not be used while breastfeeding.


Can I drive if I have consumed doxofylline?
It is not expected that doxofylline will affect your ability to drive and use heavy machines.


Can I consume alcohol with doxofylline?
There is limited data available, consult your doctor.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have problems with your heart, lungs, liver or kidneys
  • You have an overactive thyroid gland
  • You have a history of stomach ulcers
  • You are taking medicines containing erythromycin, lincomycin, clindamycin, allopurinol, cimetidine, influenza vaccine and propranolol.
  • You are a cigarette smoker
  • You have above 60 years of age.
  • You must limit the consumption of food and beverages containing caffeine

Mode of Action of Doxofylline

How Does It Work?

Doxofylline relaxes the smooth muscles of the airways, widens it and thus making it easier for u to breathe.

Interactions of Doxofylline

Interactions with other medicines

  • Some medicines can affect the way doxofylline 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 interaction.
  • Especially if you are taking medicines to treat fits or are taking medicines like erythromycin, TAO, lincomycin, clindamycin, allopurinol, cimetidine, influenza vaccine and propranolol, phenytoin.
  • Doxofylline should be used with caution along with ephedrine.

Dosage of Doxofylline


Seek urgent medical help in case of an overdose.

Missed a Dose

If you have missed any dose of doxofylline then take it as soon as you remember. If it is already time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and follow the regular dosing schedule. Do not take a...
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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 doxofylline used for?

A: Doxofylline is used to treat bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Q: In which all dosage forms is doxofylline available?

A: Doxofylline is available in the form of tablets, capsules, injections, syrup.
Last Updated on: 14 Oct 2021 | 10:38 AM (IST)
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