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n. (context pharmaceutical drug English) Methylxanthine drug used in therapy for respiratory diseases such as COPD or asthma.


n. a bronchodilator (trade names Elixophyllin and Slo-Bid and Theobid) used to treat asthma and bronchitis and emphysema [syn: aminophylline, Elixophyllin, Slo-Bid, Theobid]


Theophylline, also known as 1,3-dimethylxanthine, is a methylxanthine drug used in therapy for respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma under a variety of brand names. As a member of the xanthine family, it bears structural and pharmacological similarity to theobromine and caffeine. A small amount of theophylline is one of the products of caffeine metabolic processing in the liver.

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Caffeine and medications containing theophylline may accentuate the symptoms.

Smoking cannabis (the "raw drug" as the AMA called it) would be beneficial for 80% of them and add 30-a60 million person-years in the aggregate of extended life to current asthmatics over presently legal toxic medicines such as the Theophylline prescribed to children.