Generic Name: dyphylline (dye FI lin)Brand Names: Dilor, Dylix, Lufyllin, Neothylline
Dyphylline is a bronchodilator. Dyphylline works in several ways: It relaxes muscles in your lungs and chest to allow more air in, it decreases the sensitivity of your lungs to allergens and other substances that cause inflammation, and it increases the contractions of your diaphragm to draw more air into the lungs.
Dyphylline is used to treat the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
Dyphylline may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Call your doctor right away if you experience nausea, vomiting, insomnia, restlessness, seizures, an increased heart rate, or a headache. These could be signs of too much dyphylline in your blood.
Do not start or stop smoking without your doctor's knowledge. Smoking may affect your dosage.
Do not take more of this medicine than is prescribed without consulting your doctor. Seek medical attention if you are having increasing difficulty breathing.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have
a stomach ulcer;
high blood pressure, a heart condition, or any type of heart disease;
fluid in your lungs;
a thyroid condition;
liver disease; or
You may not be able to take dyphylline, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.Dyphylline is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether dyphylline will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Dyphylline passes into breast milk and could affect a nursing baby. Do not take dyphylline without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. If you are over 60 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from dyphylline. You may require a lower dose of this medication.
Take dyphylline exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Take each dose with a full glass of water. You can take dyphylline with food to lessen stomach upset.
Take your doses at the same time every day to keep a constant level of dyphylline in your blood.Shake the liquid forms of this medication well before use. To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the liquid with a dose-measuring cup or spoon, not a regular tablespoon. If a spoon or cup is not provided with the medication and you do not have one, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.
Do not switch to another brand or a generic form of dyphylline without the approval of your doctor.Store dyphylline at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication.
Symptoms of a dyphylline overdose include nausea, vomiting, headache, insomnia, tremor (shaking hands or twitching,), restlessness, seizures, and irregular heartbeats.
Do not start or stop smoking without the approval of your doctor. Smoking changes the way your body uses dyphylline, and you may need a dose adjustment.
Avoid changing your dose or changing the time of your daily doses.
Do not change the brand, generic form, or formulation (tablet, capsule, liquid) of dyphylline that you are taking without the approval of your doctor. Different brands or formulations may require different dosages.
Avoid eating excessive amounts of grilled or char-broiled foods. Doing so may also change the dose of dyphylline that you need.Avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, and cola. Dyphylline is related chemically to caffeine, and you may experience some side effects if you consume too much caffeine.
an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
increased or irregular heartbeats; or
severe nausea or vomiting.
Other, less serious side effects may occur although they are not common at appropriate doses. Continue to take dyphylline and talk to your doctor if you experience
slight nausea, decreased appetite, or weight loss;
restlessness, tremor, or insomnia; or
headache, lightheadedness, or dizziness.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Dyphylline interacts with many other drugs. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all other medications that you are taking, including herbal remedies, vitamins, and other nonprescription items.
The following drugs may increase the levels of dyphylline in your blood, leading to dangerous side effects:
cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB);
fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as enoxacin (Penetrex), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), and ofloxacin (Floxin);
clarithromycin (Biaxin) and erythromycin (Ery-Tab, E.E.S., E-Mycin, others);
estrogens (Ogen, Premarin, and many other types);
methotrexate (Folex, Rheumatrex);
mexiletine (Mexitil) and propafenone (Rythmol);
ticlopidine (Ticlid); and
verapamil (Verelan, Calan, Isoptin).
The following drugs may decrease dyphylline levels in your blood, leading to poor asthma control:
phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton),
rifampin (Rifadin), and
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with dyphylline or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.