Pentoxifylline is used to improve the symptoms of a certain blood flow problem in the legs/arms Pentoxifylline can decrease the muscle aching/pain/cramps during exercise, including walking, that occur with intermittent claudication. Pentoxifylline belongs to a class of drugs known as hemorrheologic agents that works by helping blood flow more easily through narrowed arteries.
Dosage Information for Pentoxifylline:
Pentoxifylline is available as 400mg sustained release tablets to be taken by mouth usually three times a day with food. Do not crush or chew this medication. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing. However, some side effects are likely to occur while using the medications such as nausea, vomiting, gas, belching and dizziness, allergic reactions such as rash, itching, and swelling of the face.
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- Avoid alcohol intake with this medicine
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