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Questions

How long should my toy poodle have to take Theophylline before seeing an improvement in her breathing?

She currently weighs 8.5 lbs and is taking 50mg twice a day. She is also taking 5mg Prednisone.
Asked by: toto
You don't say how long your pet has been on this combination of medications. However, if it's been more than 3 or 4 days, and there is no noticeable improvement, I would suggest you speak to your veterinarian.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2016-07-07

Is taking theophylline for a low heart rate worth the risk?

My cat has heart disease and is taking furosemide, vetmedin and benazepril.
Asked by: Steve
What risks are you referring to? Theophylline is not without side effects, but then neither are furosemide, Vetmedin, and benazepril. I would have a discussion about your concerns with your veterinarian. Then you will be in a position to make an informed decision regarding your pet's medication therapy.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2016-07-07

My 17 pound dog was given 100mg ER every 12 hours and started to have seizures. Anyone else see this side effect? stopped meds & the seizures stopped

Asked by: mchung
Theophylline ER can cause seizures. It is one of the listed possible side effects. If seizures occur, you should immediately discontinue the medication and contact your veterinarian.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2016-07-07

is 100 mg of theophylline too much for a 12 lb cat w/asthma

cat is otherwise healthy and is 2 years old.also taking prednisone 5 mg#21 and clavamox
Asked by: dee
100 mg does exceed the usual dose of this medication for an average weight cat. However, I know nothing of your pet's condition or the severity of the condition. Your veterinarian would determine the dose if he/she believes your cat would benefit from this medication.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2016-07-07

how many are in a package of 100 mg tablets

my 10 year old lhasa has an enlarged heart and collapsed trachea, but at this point there was no fluid in the lungs. My vet has her on .75 mg of theophylline liquid (they compound). It's very expensive and she must have it to breathe. How many would I get in the bottle so I can figure out the price . Also, do I have my vet call the perscription into you? How does that work
Asked by: susynb
If your pet is only being given 0.75mg, there is no way you are going to be able to get 100 mg tablets and give the proper dose. The dose you are using has to be specially compounded.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2016-07-07

my boxer is taking furosemide and theophylline together . one medication said not to take together is this correct?

Asked by: tamamma
I am not familiar with any interaction that can occur when taking these medications together.
Answered by: Gary, Dir, of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2016-07-07

i am very worried about my chiuchua she is taking theophylline er half morning and half evening what are the side effect.?

Asked by: dmg
My dog has stopped eating. We are taking her to the vet this afternoon. She is taking Furosemide, Mometamax for her ears. Cefa-Drops 2.0 mls, Pet-Tinic for her cougs.And Theophyline 1--mg for her lungs. Is this a problem with all these meds? She will not eat! What should I do? Anna
Answered by: Anna
Date published: 2016-07-07

Is your Theophylline by Inwood Labs?

Asked by: Grunt
NO IT IS NOT, I called and got the information and it is not by Inwood labs it is by a company called ER drugs!! The only manufacturer that is recommended by my vet is Inwood labs, Forest Labs, or Qulaitex
Answered by: Melissa
Date published: 2016-07-07

Can I give my dog 1/2 benedryl along with 200 mg theophylline

Asked by: berta
As long as that's the correct dose for your dog, yes you can.
Answered by: Gary, Dir, of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2016-07-07

Can these pills be split? My dog takes 50mg twice a day

Asked by: Sandra
The pills are scored so you can split them. You want to make sure you dog swallows these whole as they cannot be crushed or chewed.
Answered by: Big J
Date published: 2016-07-07

I need theorphylline 300 mg.

I would like to get my Annie's theorphylline from PETMEDS but I need the 300 mg. Are you going to carry this dose?
Asked by: Twavic
I'm sorry but we only carry the 100mg and 200mg strengths. The 300mg strength should be available through your local pharmacy
Answered by: Gary, Dir, of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2016-07-07

My vet currently only gives this medication in liquid form. What is the difference and why do you not offer the liquid?

Asked by: rebecca
Some strengths of theophlline are commercially available at most local pharmacies, or in specially compounded strengths through compounding pharmacies.
Answered by: Gary, Dir, of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2016-07-07

what is the hightest dose that is given,is there a 300 mg

Asked by: Barney
Yes, Barney, there is a 300 mg. So far, Petmeds doesn't carry it but I sure hope they will.
Answered by: Twavic
Date published: 2016-07-07

What will calm the restlessness and heavy breathing

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What is Theophylline ER?

Theophylline ER (Extended-release) is a bronchodilator used to open air passages in the lungs. It relaxes muscles in the lungs and chest. Theophylline is used in the treatment of heart failure, asthma, bronchitis, and pulmonary edema. Theophylline ER may also be used for purposes other than those listed here. Theophylline ER is sold per tablet and requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Cats and Dogs

Benefits:

  • Used to treat heart failure, asthma, bronchitis, and pulmonary edema
  • Easy to administer
  • Sold per tablet

How does Theophylline ER work?

Theophylline ER opens air passages in the lungs by relaxing muscles in the lungs and chest.

Cautions:

The medication is best given on an empty stomach. Theophylline should not be given to pregnant or nursing animals. Theophylline ER tablets are scored and may be broken in half. These tablets should not be chewed or crushed.

Brand Name:

Theolair (UCB Pharma), Theo-Dur (Key), Uniphyl (Purdue Pharma)

Generic Name:

Theophylline ER

What is the most important thing I should know about Theophylline ER?

Always check the medicine when it is refilled to make sure you are getting the correct brand and type as prescribed by your veterinarian. Ask the pharmacist if you have any questions about the medication you received from the pharmacy. There are many medications that can interact with theophylline. Tell your veterinarian about all the prescription and over the counter medications you give your pet. These include vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and medications prescribed by other veterinarians. Theophylline ER is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats. Theophylline is available by prescription in 100 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, and 400 mg, Extended Release (ER), tablets. The usual dose in dogs is 4.5 to 6.8 mg/lb every 12 hours. The usual dose in cats is 2 mg/lb every 8 to 12 hours.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Theophylline ER?

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is allergic to theophylline, or if your pet has stomach ulcers; epilepsy; heart rhythm problems; congestive heart failure; fluid in the lungs; hypothyroid; fever; liver, or kidney disease. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating, or if you plan on breeding your pet.

How should Theophylline ER be given?

Give theophylline exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give the medication in larger amounts, or for a longer period of time than recommended by your veterinarian. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Allow plenty of water for the pet to drink. Theophylline ER tablets should not be crushed, chewed, or broken unless the veterinarian tells you to. The tablet should be swallowed whole so that the medication is released slowly. Breaking the tablet may cause too much of the medication to be released at one time. Store Theophylline ER at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light.

What are the potential side effects of Theophylline ER?

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Theophylline ER and seek emergency veterinary medical attention: an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or hives. Stop giving theophylline and call your veterinarian at once if any of the following side effects occur: seizures, severe nausea and vomiting, and restlessness, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, urinating more than normal. Other less serious side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet experiences mild nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, restlessness, insomnia, headache, or dizziness. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome to your pet.

What happens if I miss giving a dose of Theophylline ER?

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose that was missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose, as directed. Do not give a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.

What happens if I overdose my pet on Theophylline ER?

Call your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, insomnia, tremors, restlessness, uneven heartbeats, and seizures.

What should I avoid while giving Theophylline ER?

Do not give this medication if your pet has severe heart disease, liver or kidney disease, hyperthyroid disease, high blood pressure, or stomach ulcers.

What other drugs will affect Theophylline ER?

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is using cimetidine (Tagamet), erythromycin (E-Mycin, Ery-Tab), or propranolol (Inderal). Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with theophylline. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medications including vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements.

Theophylline ER Directions:

  • Theophylline ER (Extended-release) is a prescription bronchodilator which is used to open air passages in the lungs in dogs and cats. By relaxing the smooth muscle of the lung it makes it easier for the pet to breathe.
  • Theophylline ER is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs and cats.
  • Theophylline ER is used in the treatment of heart failure, pulmonary edema, bronchial asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Tip:

Theophylline ER tablets should not be crushed, chewed, or broken unless told to do so by your veterinarian. The tablet should be swallowed whole so that the medication is released slowly. Breaking the tablet may cause too much of the medication to be released at one time. Give theophylline on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Theophylline ER Dosage:

Theophylline ER Dosage for Cats
Weight Dosage
All weights The usual dose for cats is 2 mg/lb of pet's body weight by mouth every 8-12 hours. Allow plenty of water for your pet to drink
Theophylline ER Dosage for Dogs
Weight Dosage
All weights The usual dose for dogs is 4.5 to 6.8 mg/lb of pet's body weight by mouth every 12 hours. Allow plenty of water for your pet to drink
Theophylline ER Dosage for Horses
Horses
Do not use!

Storage:

Store Theophylline ER at room temperature away from moisture, heat and light.

Theophylline ER Ingredients:

Theophylline 100 mg Tab
Active Ingredient (per tablet) Amount
Anhydrous Theophylline 100 mg
Theophylline 200 mg Tab
Active Ingredient (per tablet) Amount
Anhydrous Theophylline 200 mg
Theophylline 300 mg Tab
Active Ingredient (per tablet) Amount
Anhydrous Theophylline 300 mg
Theophylline 400 mg Tab
Active Ingredient (per tablet) Amount
Anhydrous Theophylline 400 mg

What is Theophylline ER?

Theophylline ER (Extended-release) is a bronchodilator used to open air passages in the lungs. It relaxes muscles in the lungs and chest. Theophylline is used in the treatment of heart failure, asthma, bronchitis, and pulmonary edema. Theophylline ER may also be used for purposes other than those listed here. Theophylline ER is sold per tablet and requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Cats and Dogs

Benefits:

  • Used to treat heart failure, asthma, bronchitis, and pulmonary edema
  • Easy to administer
  • Sold per tablet

How does Theophylline ER work?

Theophylline ER opens air passages in the lungs by relaxing muscles in the lungs and chest.

Cautions:

The medication is best given on an empty stomach. Theophylline should not be given to pregnant or nursing animals. Theophylline ER tablets are scored and may be broken in half. These tablets should not be chewed or crushed.

Brand Name:

Theolair (UCB Pharma), Theo-Dur (Key), Uniphyl (Purdue Pharma)

Generic Name:

Theophylline ER

What is the most important thing I should know about Theophylline ER?

Always check the medicine when it is refilled to make sure you are getting the correct brand and type as prescribed by your veterinarian. Ask the pharmacist if you have any questions about the medication you received from the pharmacy. There are many medications that can interact with theophylline. Tell your veterinarian about all the prescription and over the counter medications you give your pet. These include vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and medications prescribed by other veterinarians. Theophylline ER is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats. Theophylline is available by prescription in 100 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, and 400 mg, Extended Release (ER), tablets. The usual dose in dogs is 4.5 to 6.8 mg/lb every 12 hours. The usual dose in cats is 2 mg/lb every 8 to 12 hours.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Theophylline ER?

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is allergic to theophylline, or if your pet has stomach ulcers; epilepsy; heart rhythm problems; congestive heart failure; fluid in the lungs; hypothyroid; fever; liver, or kidney disease. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating, or if you plan on breeding your pet.

How should Theophylline ER be given?

Give theophylline exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give the medication in larger amounts, or for a longer period of time than recommended by your veterinarian. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Allow plenty of water for the pet to drink. Theophylline ER tablets should not be crushed, chewed, or broken unless the veterinarian tells you to. The tablet should be swallowed whole so that the medication is released slowly. Breaking the tablet may cause too much of the medication to be released at one time. Store Theophylline ER at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light.

What are the potential side effects of Theophylline ER?

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Theophylline ER and seek emergency veterinary medical attention: an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or hives. Stop giving theophylline and call your veterinarian at once if any of the following side effects occur: seizures, severe nausea and vomiting, and restlessness, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, urinating more than normal. Other less serious side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet experiences mild nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, restlessness, insomnia, headache, or dizziness. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome to your pet.

What happens if I miss giving a dose of Theophylline ER?

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose that was missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose, as directed. Do not give a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.

What happens if I overdose my pet on Theophylline ER?

Call your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, insomnia, tremors, restlessness, uneven heartbeats, and seizures.

What should I avoid while giving Theophylline ER?

Do not give this medication if your pet has severe heart disease, liver or kidney disease, hyperthyroid disease, high blood pressure, or stomach ulcers.

What other drugs will affect Theophylline ER?

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is using cimetidine (Tagamet), erythromycin (E-Mycin, Ery-Tab), or propranolol (Inderal). Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with theophylline. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medications including vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements.

Theophylline ER Directions:

  • Theophylline ER (Extended-release) is a prescription bronchodilator which is used to open air passages in the lungs in dogs and cats. By relaxing the smooth muscle of the lung it makes it easier for the pet to breathe.
  • Theophylline ER is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs and cats.
  • Theophylline ER is used in the treatment of heart failure, pulmonary edema, bronchial asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Tip:

Theophylline ER tablets should not be crushed, chewed, or broken unless told to do so by your veterinarian. The tablet should be swallowed whole so that the medication is released slowly. Breaking the tablet may cause too much of the medication to be released at one time. Give theophylline on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Theophylline ER Dosage:

Theophylline ER Dosage for Cats
Weight Dosage
All weights The usual dose for cats is 2 mg/lb of pet's body weight by mouth every 8-12 hours. Allow plenty of water for your pet to drink
Theophylline ER Dosage for Dogs
Weight Dosage
All weights The usual dose for dogs is 4.5 to 6.8 mg/lb of pet's body weight by mouth every 12 hours. Allow plenty of water for your pet to drink
Theophylline ER Dosage for Horses
Horses
Do not use!

Storage:

Store Theophylline ER at room temperature away from moisture, heat and light.

Theophylline ER Ingredients:

Theophylline 100 mg Tab
Active Ingredient (per tablet) Amount
Anhydrous Theophylline 100 mg
Theophylline 200 mg Tab
Active Ingredient (per tablet) Amount
Anhydrous Theophylline 200 mg
Theophylline 300 mg Tab
Active Ingredient (per tablet) Amount
Anhydrous Theophylline 300 mg
Theophylline 400 mg Tab
Active Ingredient (per tablet) Amount
Anhydrous Theophylline 400 mg