(pen toks IF i lin)
Created: 2005-04-07 17:08:40.0
Modified: 2010-03-09 08:23:28.0
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Canadian Brand Names
Albert® Pentoxifylline; Apo-Pentoxifylline SR®; Nu-Pentoxifylline SR; ratio-Pentoxifylline; Trental®
• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
How does it work?
• Pentoxifylline improves blood flow.
How is it best taken?
• Take this medicine with food to prevent stomach upset.
• Swallow tablet whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store at room temperature.
• Protect from light.
• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
Mexican Brand Names
Artelife; Duplat; Fixoten; Kentadin; Peridane; Profiben; Sufisal; Trental; Vantoxyl; Xipen
Blood Viscosity Reducer Agent
Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to pentoxifylline or any other part of this medicine.
• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
• If you have had a recent bleeding problem in your brain or in the retina of your eye.
U.S. Brand Names
What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Take a missed dose as soon as possible, with a meal.
• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?
• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.
What should I monitor?
• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
• If you are taking theophylline, check blood work (theophylline levels) regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.
• Follow up with healthcare provider.