Aminophylline review

Asthma or lung-related problems are quite common today. Pollution, inherent illnesses, or some other factors do contribute to its onset. Infants and young adults are those commonly visited by breathing problems, and adults can also acquire this condition if left unchecked.

Aminophylline is a medication administered to patients who are having breathing problems. This prescribed drug is commonly used to treat asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis.

Aminophylline is a bronchodilator drug that relaxes the muscles in the chest and lungs to allow more oxygen intake, as well as increasing the contraction of your diaphragm to allow more air to pass through to the lungs. This drug is also used to decrease the possibility of allergens that causes inflammation. Patients who are suffering from lung-related problems, such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma can use aminophylline. Doctors may also prescribe the medication to other diseases or problems.

Prescription in using aminophylline involves vein infusion -- or diluted in IV fluids as directed by your doctor. The dosage of the medication depends on the patient's physical condition -- which includes their height and weight, response to the therapy, as well as the current medication the patient is taking in.

Physical manifestation may appear when aminophylline is mixed with IV fluids. Yellowish discoloration is said to be normal. IV fluids with crystallizations or minute particles when the medication is mixed must not be administered to the patient.

A dosage adjustment is necessary if you quit smoking or has stopped drinking alcohol to avoid side effects. Inform your doctor or physician of any changes in your eating or drinking habits to avoid complications or overdose. Elderly patients require smaller dosage of aminophylline since they are more prone to side effects and possible allergic reactions to the medication.

Side effects of aminophylline depend upon different factors -- mostly depending on the diet, as well as the current condition of the patient. Common side effects of the medication include nausea, flushing, diarrhea, vomiting, appetite loss, nervousness, irritability or mood change, sleeping trouble, or a slight increase in urination.

It is essential that a doctor is informed when a patient under the effects of aminophylline is suffering from coffee-ground vomit, stomach pains, fainting prior to dizziness; severe mental/behavioral/mood change, irregular heartbeat, rapid breathing, chest pain, muscle twitching, and seizures.

Patients allergic to the drug may suffer from rashes, swelling of the throat, or breathing troubles. It is advised to consult your doctor first and undergo a complete medical examination to determine whether it's safe to use the medication or not.

A patient must first consult the advice of a doctor or physician before using aminophylline. Honesty helps avoid side effects. Inform your doctor on your current condition, prescription or herbal drugs you are currently using, eating habits or diet, onset of high-blood pressure, allergic reactions, diabetes, or any major illnesses in any part of your body before treatment. It is also best to inform your doctor or physician if you are smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages prior to the treatment.

Aminophylline has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of aminophylline

• Molecular formula of aminophylline is C16H24N10O4
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 1,3-dimethyl-7H-purine-2,6-dione; ethane-1,2-diamine
• Molecular weight is 420.427 g/mol

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