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USES: Theophylline works in the lungs to open airways and make breathing easier. Potassium iodide has been used as an expectorant to help loosen and break up mucous. This combination medication is used to treat breathing disorders.

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Theophylline works in the lungs to open airways and make breathing easier. Potassium iodide has been used as an expectorant to help loosen and break up mucous. This combination medication is used to treat breathing disorders.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water while taking this medication.
  • It will help to break up mucus and clear congestion.

  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.

How To Use
  • This medication is usually taken after meals three times a day.
  • Take each dose with a full glass of water.
  • Take this medication as prescribed.
  • Do not increase your dose or take this more often than directed.

Side Effects
  • Nervousness, headache, tremors, acne, loss of appetite, stomach upset, diarrhea or trouble sleeping may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
  • Notify your doctor if you develop chest pain, muscle twitching, fever, weakness, unusual tiredness, swelling in the neck or throat, mouth sores, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, irregular heartbeat, numbness or tingling of the hands or feet or a metallic taste in the mouth while taking this medication.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Tell your doctor if you have any pre-existing thyroid disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Addison's disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, tuberculosis, stomach disorders, skin disorders or any allergies.
  • Because this product contains iodine, its use is not recommended during pregnancy.
  • Consult your doctor before using this medication.
  • Since small amounts of this medication are found in breast milk, breast-feeding is not recommended while taking this medication.
  • Consult your doctor.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including any medication for thyroid disease, potassium supplements, diuretics (water pills), lithium, heart medications, antibiotics, ulcer medication, fluvoxamine (an SSRI antidepressant) or birth control pills.
  • Tell your doctor if you smoke or start or stop smoking while taking this medication.
  • Smoking can alter the effects of this drug.
  • Limit your intake of caffeine-containing foods (coffee, tea, colas, chocolate) which can increase the side effects of this medication.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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