About Aminophylline Injection
Aminophylline is a bronchodilator, similar to theophylline, that relaxes the smooth muscles in the airways and provides relief from obstructive airway diseases, such as asthma. It also acts as a central nervous stimulant. Aminophylline is not approved for use in animals by the FDA but may be prescribed legally by veterinarians as an extra-label drug.
Who's Aminophylline Injection For?
- Used to open the airway in the treatment of bronchitis and asthma
- Stimulates the central nervous system
- Treats apnea in neonates
- Used in some cases as a cardiac stimulant in heart failure
Side Effects and Warnings
- Aminophylline should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity or an allergy to the drug
- Use with caution in animals with liver or heart disease
- Side effects include anxiety, nervousness, gastrointestinal problems, vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, or increased hunger, thirst and urination
- Aminophylline may interact with other medications. If your pet is on other drugs you should consult with your vet before giving aminophylline
- Your veterinarian should be consulted when taking aminophylline with drugs such as ketoconazole, rifampin, diuretics, calcium channel blockers, cimetidine, corticosteroids and ephedrine
- Consult your veterinarian regarding any allergies your pet may have, and any other side effects of this medication
Aminophylline Injection Directions
Use as directed by your veterinarian