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does aminophylline cure asthma?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
31 years experience Pediatrics
No cure-but helps-: In the 1960s &1970s, theophylline was a popular option for the treatment of chronic stable asthma, largely because of the disadvantages of alternative therapies. Theophylline has potential toxic side effects, necessitating monitoring of serum levels (blood test). Standard modern therapy now comprises of inhaled nebulized β2 agonists (albuterol) and inhaled/systemic corticosteroids.
Answered on Jun 18, 2012
Dr. Stevan Cordas
57 years experience Internal Medicine
Cure: No.
Answered on Jul 28, 2012
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
34 years experience Allergy and Immunology
this drug is no longer typically used for asthma due to toxicity problems due to drug level fluctuations
Jun 18, 2012
Dr. Steven Cohen
22 years experience Sports Medicine
No: Nothing "cures" asthma, but aminophylline is a medication that was used in the past as a first line treatment to relieve and prevent symptoms. It still can be used, but with inhaled steroids and long acting broncodilators, it has fallen out of favor.
Answered on Jul 8, 2015
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Dr. Mark Diamond
46 years experience Pediatrics
It Helps: No, but may control the symptoms. It is not used these days as much as the past, because it had more side effects than current therapy, which also seems to work better.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016

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