This drug relaxes the smooth muscles in the airway allowing your pet to breathe easier. Aminophylline is available as tablets, extended release tablets, liquid and as an injectable.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- A bronchodilator
- Given by mouth or injection
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To treat asthma and bronchitis
- To treat congestive heart failure and pulmonary edema
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Animals with certain heart diseases or those with high blood pressure
- Animals with hyperthyroidism
- Animals with liver or kidney disease
- Animals with stomach ulcers
- Animals that are geriatric or pediatric
- Animals that may be pregnant or nursing
- Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this drug should not take this medication
Read and follow the prescription label carefully.
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed. This medication is often given on an empty stomach.
Give this medication for as long as your veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian.
Ensure that your pet has plenty of fresh water available at all times.
To prevent dosing with a large amount of medication, avoid allowing your pet to chew or break the extended release forms of this medication.
Baseline blood work is recommended to assess your pet's general health before starting this drug.
Periodic blood work to monitor its effect on the body is also advised if long-term therapy is necessary. Dose adjustments may be made based upon these results and an assessment of how your dog or cat is responding clinically.
Call ahead for refills.
Ideally, give medication at the same time(s) daily to keep constant levels in the blood.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Aminophylline should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- This medication can affect the gastrointestinal system causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- This medication can affect the cardiovascular system causing a fast heart rate and irregular rhythm
- This medication can affect the central nervous system causing anxiety, nervousness, seizures, and difficulty with sleeping
- This medication can cause an increase in appetite, drinking, and urination
- If these symptoms persist or you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur when giving aminophylline in conjunction with: allopurinol, calcium channel blockers (amlodipine), cimetidine, ciprofloxacin, clindamycin, enrofloxacin, ephedrine, erythromycin, halothane, isoproteronol, ketamine, ketoconazole, lincomycin, phenobarbital, phenytoin, propranolol, and thiabendazole
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with aminophylline
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When your pet will need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
Tell your veterinarian about:
- If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet's medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed you
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, aminophylline should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about aminophylline. If you have any questions or concerns about aminophylline or the condition it was prescribed for, please contact your veterinarian.