Pentoxifylline: Uses & Sides Effects

Pentoxifylline causes changes in your blood that help improve blood flow. This also helps your blood carry oxygen to your tissues and organs.

Pentoxifylline is used to improve blood flow and reduce certain symptoms of a condition called intermittent claudication. Pentoxifylline is not a cure for this condition.

How should I take pentoxifylline?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take pentoxifylline in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Pentoxifylline is usually taken 3 times each day, with meals. Follow your doctor’s instructions.

While using pentoxifylline, you may need frequent blood tests.

Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.

It may take up to 4 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medicine as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 8 weeks of treatment.

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

Precautions

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to pentoxifylline, or if you are allergic to caffeine or theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Theo-Dur, Slo-Bid, Theochron, Theolair, Uniphyl, and others).

You also should not use pentoxifylline if you have recently had any type of bleeding in your brain or the retina of your eyes.

To make sure pentoxifylline is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • coronary artery disease (hardened arteries);
  • liver or kidney disease;
  • heart disease;
  • a history of bleeding in your brain or inside your eyes;
  • history of heart attack or stroke;
  • a stomach or intestinal ulcer;
  • if you have recently had surgery;
  • if you are also using theophylline;
  • if you use medicine to treat or prevent blod clots.

It is not known whether pentoxifylline will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.

Pentoxifylline can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using pentoxifylline.

Side Effects

Stop taking pentoxifylline and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • chest pain;
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
  • red or pink urine;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • signs of stomach bleeding–bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

Common side effects may include:

  • dizziness, headache;
  • nausea, vomiting;
  • diarrhea, gas;
  • bloating, upset stomach.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.


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