What is the role of theophylline in the treatment of hypoventilation syndromes?

Updated: Jul 22, 2021
  • Author: Jazeela Fayyaz, DO; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Answer

Theophylline increases diaphragm muscle strength and stimulates the central ventilatory drive. In addition to being a stimulant, theophylline is also a bronchodilator. However, the effectiveness of this medication is limited.


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