Trental (pentoxifylline) Dosage and Side Effects
TRENTAL is used to improve blood flow and reduce certain symptoms of a condition called intermittent claudication (IN-ter-MIT-ent KLOD-ih-KAY-tion). TRENTAL causes changes in your blood that help improve blood flow. This also helps your blood carry oxygen to your tissues and organs.
Warnings and Precautions
You should not use this medicine if you have recently had any type of bleeding in your brain or the retina of your eye.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to TRENTAL, or if you are allergic to caffeine or theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Theo-Dur, Slo-Bid, Theochron, Theolair, Uniphyl, and others).
You also should not use TRENTAL if you have recently had any type of bleeding in your brain or the retina of your eyes.
To make sure TRENTAL is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- coronary artery disease (hardened arteries);
- liver or kidney disease;
- heart disease;
- a history of bleeding in your brain or inside your eyes;
- history of heart attack or stroke;
- a stomach or intestinal ulcer;
- if you have recently had surgery;
- if you are also using theophylline; or
- if you use medicine to treat or prevent blod clots.
It is not known whether TRENTAL will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.
TRENTAL can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using TRENTAL.
Stop taking TRENTAL and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- chest pain;
- pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
- red or pink urine;
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; or
- signs of stomach bleeding--bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Common side effects may include:
- dizziness, headache;
- nausea, vomiting;
- diarrhea, gas; or
- bloating, upset stomach.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Interactions with this medication
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Proper Use of this medication
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.