What is Pentoxifylline used for?
Pentoxifylline is an oral medication that improves the symptoms of blood flow problems, such as intermittent claudication. Pentoxifylline is also used to improve blood flow to the brain, prevent strokes, reduce muscle pain during exercise, manage sickle cell disease, as well as relieve nausea and headaches associated with high-altitude sickness.Pentoxifylline allows blood to flow more easily. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Pentoxifylline?
The dosage of Pentoxifylline prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Pentoxifylline should be taken by mouth with food.
What if you miss a dose of Pentoxifylline?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Pentoxifylline medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Pentoxifylline?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Pentoxifylline, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Pentoxifylline?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Pentoxifylline.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Pentoxifylline, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Pentoxifylline can interact with anticoagulants.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Pentoxifylline?
Like other medicines, Pentoxifylline can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Pentoxifylline are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Pentoxifylline cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Pentoxifylline develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Pentoxifylline can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, nervousness, insomnia, and sweating. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Pentoxifylline.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Pentoxifylline?
Is it possible for me to take Pentoxifylline with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Pentoxifylline?
What are the possible drug interactions of Pentoxifylline?
How will Pentoxifylline work in my body?
How should Pentoxifylline be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Pentoxifylline drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Pentoxifylline is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.