(Aminophylline ER)

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Phyllocontin 225mg
Phyllocontin 225mg Extended Release Tablets

Marketed as Phyllocontin Continus in United Kingdom

Aminophylline ER

Manufactured by Napp Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Product of United Kingdom

Dispensed by a licensed pharmacy in the United Kingdom

Currently Unavailable.
Phyllocontin 350mg
Phyllocontin 350mg Extended Release Tablets

Marketed as Phyllocontin Continus in United Kingdom

Aminophylline ER

Manufactured by Napp Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Product of United Kingdom

Dispensed by a licensed pharmacy in the United Kingdom

Currently Unavailable.

Generic Choices

No generic medication is available for Phyllocontin (Aminophylline ER)

What Phyllocontin is and what it is used for

These tablets are used to treat asthma, long-term breathing difficulties such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic bronchitis, and are sometimes used to treat heart failure in adults. They contain the active ingredient aminophylline which belongs to a group of medicines called bronchodilators. Bronchodilators help stop you wheezing and being breathless. Aminophylline also reduces swelling in the lungs of asthma patients and relieves the feeling of ‘tightness’ in their chest. These tablets may be taken by adults and children aged 6 years and above.

How to take Phyllocontin

Two different strengths of tablets are available. Your doctor will decide which strength of tablet will suit you best. Always take these tablets exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor, pharmacist or nurse has told you. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure. Swallow your tablets whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew them. Phyllocontin Continus and Phyllocontin Forte Continus tablets are designed to work properly over 12 hours. If a tablet is crushed or chewed the entire 12-hour dose may be absorbed rapidly into your body. This can be dangerous, causing serious problems such as an overdose. You should take your tablets every 12 hours. For instance, if you take a tablet at 8 o’clock in the morning, you should take your next tablet at 8 o’clock in the evening. Adults The recommended starting dose for adults is one 225 mg tablet every 12 hours. After a week your doctor may increase your dose, depending upon how you respond to treatment. If you are elderly your doctor may suggest a lower dose. Different doses will also be required if you have certain other medical conditions. Your doctor may ask you to have regular blood tests to ensure you are taking the correct dose. Use in children The required dose for children will depend on their weight, age and the severity of their breathing problems. This should be discussed with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. Do not exceed the dose recommended by your doctor. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure. If you take more Phyllocontin Continus or Phyllocontin Forte Continus tablets than you should or if someone accidentally swallows your tablets Call your doctor or hospital straight away. People who have taken an overdose may have stomach pains and feel or be sick (possibly vomiting blood). They may also have a fast or irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, feel very restless, experience overactive reflexes or unusual muscle stiffness, have a fit or even go into a coma. These symptoms may appear up to 12 hours after the overdose. When seeking medical attention make sure that you take this leaflet and any remaining tablets with you to show the doctor. If you forget to take Phyllocontin Continus or Phyllocontin Forte Continus tablets If you remember within 4 hours of the time your tablet was due, take your tablet straight away. Take your next tablet at your normal time. If you are more than 4 hours late, please call your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet. If you stop taking Phyllocontin Continus or Phyllocontin Forte Continus tablets You will probably take these tablets for a long time. Do not stop taking them unless your doctor tells you to, even if you feel better. If you have any further questions on the use of these tablets, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, these tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. All medicines can cause allergic reactions, although serious allergic reactions have been reported in rare cases. Tell your doctor immediately if you get any sudden wheeziness, difficulties in breathing, swelling of the eyelids, face or lips, rash or itching especially those covering your whole body.

The following side effects have been reported in patients treated with these tablets:
• Feeling sick.
• Headache.
• Dizziness.
• Vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, heartburn or gastrintestinal disorders (e.g. upset stomach).
• Difficulty in sleeping, feeling restless, irritable and shaky.
• A fast, slow or irregular heart beat.
• Difficulty in passing urine (especially in men) or passing increased amounts of urine.
• Increased uric acid levels in the blood, which could cause painful, swollen joints.
• Seizures, fits or convulsions.
• Rash or itchy skin.

Reporting of side effects If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine

How to Store Phyllocontin

Keep these tablets out of the sight and reach of children. Do not use these tablets after the expiry date, which is stated on the outer carton and label or blister pack after ‘EXP’. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Do not store your tablets above 25oC. Do not take your tablets if they are broken or crushed as this can be dangerous and can lead to serious problems such as overdose. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment

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