Pentoxifylline is used to treat peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation of blood to the arms and legs) and intermittent claudication (cramping muscle pain or numbness in the extremities).
Take Pentoxifylline exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
This medicine should be taken with food or immediately after meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- recent stroke
- abnormal bleeding of the blood vessels of the eye
- abnormal heart rhythm
- heart attack
as this medicine may not be suitable for you.
Inform your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease.
Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. He may also need to do routine blood tests (e.g. kidney function test, blood clotting test, complete blood count) while you are being treated with Pentoxifylline
Your doctor should also monitor your blood pressure if you are taking medicines for high blood pressure while being treated with this medicine.
Pentoxifylline may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other side effects may include any of the following: nausea, vomiting, stomach disturbance and discomfort and headache.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicines for pain and inflammation e.g. ketorolac, meloxicam
- medicines for neutralising stomach acid e.g. cimetidine
- medicines for blood clot e.g. warfarin, heparin
- medicines for diabetes e.g. insulin
- theophylline (medicines for asthma)
- ciprofloxacin (antibiotic)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Pentoxifylline.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.