How is theophylline administered for the treatment of status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Usually, theophylline is given parenterally, but it can also be given orally, depending on the severity of the asthma attack and the patient's ability to take medications. This class of drugs can induce tachycardia and decrease the seizure threshold (especially in children); therefore, therapeutic monitoring is mandatory.


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