Doxofylline Tablets come under the brand name “DOXOFAX-400” and belongs to the class of drugs called ‘bronchodilators’ primarily used to prevent and treat symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Asthma is a chronic (long-term) respiratory condition in which airways narrow, swell, and produce extra mucus, leading to difficulty in breathing. COPD is a group of lung diseases with emphysema (shortness of breath) and chronic bronchitis (inflammation of the lining of bronchial tubes).
Doxofylline Tablets contains Doxofylline which acts by inhibiting the phosphodiesterase 4 (PD-4) thereby relaxing the bronchial smooth muscle of lung airways, making it easier for asthma and COPD patient to breath easily.
- It is a bronchodilator and also possess antitussive (cough suppressant) properties that are used to treat symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD).
- Doxofylline Tablets work by relaxing muscles and widening the airways of the lungs, especially in asthma and COPD patients.
- Additionally, it helps in suppressing cough and makes breathing easier by opening airways. Thus it prevents an asthma attack, and an individual can exercise freely if it is taken before exercise or before expected exposure to irritants such as pollen, house dust, cigarette smoke and pets.
Directions For Use
- Take it with or without food as advised by the doctor.
- Swallow it as a whole with a glass of water.
- Do not break, crush or chew it.
- The dose and duration of this tablet can vary depending on your condition and the severity of the infection.
- Keep it away from sunlight.
- Keep out of the reach of children.
- Store in a cool and dry place.
- Doxofylline Tablets are contraindicated in breastfeeding mothers. Please consult a doctor before taking it if you are breastfeeding.
- Take it with caution, especially if you have a history of Liver diseases/conditions. The dose may be adjusted by your doctor as required.
- This tablet is not recommended for children below 6 years of age. Please consult a doctor before giving it to children.
- It may interact with medicines used to treat gout (allopurinol), antacid (cimetidine), antibiotics (erythromycin, clindamycin, lincomycin), drugs used to lower high blood pressure (propranolol), etc.
- Stomach pain
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I take erythromycin with this tablet?
No, you are not recommended to take erythromycin with it as co-administration of these medicines may increase the risk of adverse effects of this medicine. However, please consult a doctor before using other medicines with it.
In which conditions should I avoid taking this medicine?
You are recommended to avoid taking it if you are allergic to this tablet or other xanthine derivatives if you are breastfeeding, suffering from low blood pressure or had a heart attack. However, inform your doctor if you have any of these conditions before taking it.
What happens if I take more than the prescribed dose of this composition?
You are not recommended to take more than the prescribed dose of this tablet as it may cause an overdose resulting in irregular heartbeats and fits. However, if you experience any of these symptoms while taking it, please consult a doctor immediately.
Is it safe to smoke while taking it?
No, you are not recommended to smoke while taking the tablet as it may reduce the effectiveness of this medicine.
Can I stop taking this composition on my own?
No, you are not recommended to stop taking it without consulting your doctor as it may worsen the condition or cause recurring symptoms. Therefore, take it for as long as your the the doctor has prescribed it and if you experience any difficulty while taking this tablet, please consult your doctor.
Does it relieve sudden asthma symptoms?
No, this medicine does not relieve sudden asthma symptoms. Therefore, it is advised to carry a rescue inhaler always to treat sudden asthma symptoms.