This medicine contains the active ingredient Pentoxifylline which belongs to the group of Peripheral vasodilators. These medicines are used for the treatment of blood vessels in the arms and legs by broadening veins, arteries and arterioles. Pentoxifylline is prescribed for the treatment of poor circulation in arms and legs (Peripheral vascular disease) and poor circulation in legs that causes pain during walking (Intermittent claudication).
Is Pentoxifylline suitable for me?
Pentoxifylline is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- If you are allergic to Pentoxifylline or other ingredients of this medicine
- If you have problems with the heart or irregular heartbeat
- If you have had a stroke with bleeding in the brain (cerebral hemorrhage)
- If you have had bleeding in the eye (retinal hemorrhage)
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have hypotension (drop in blood pressure in taking up position)
- have problems with the blood supply to your heart caused by hardening or narrowing of the arteries
- have liver or kidney problems
- are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding
Pentoxifylline interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Pentoxifylline?
This medicine is available in form of a prolonged-release tablet.
You should take Pentoxifylline exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
The usual dose is one 400 mg tablet taken 3 times per day. The dose may be lowered to 1 tablet twice a day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose. Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Pentoxifylline side effects?
Like all medicines Pentoxifylline can cause side effects, including:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Feeling agitated, insomnia
- Jaundice, rash or fever, and the color of your water (urine) becomes darker
- Discomfort or bloating in the abdomen
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.