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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Theophylline (theophylline systemic) is a member of the drug class methylxanthines and is used to treat Apnea of Prematurity, Asthma - acute and Asthma - Maintenance.

US matches:



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories


Non-selective phosphodiesterase inhibitor

Diuretic agent

Cardiac stimulant

Treatment of heart failure (adjunct)

Xanthine derivative

Treatment of asthma and COPD

Chemical Names


1H-Purine-2,6-dione, 3,7-dihydro-1,3-dimetyl-

Foreign Names

Generic Names

  • Teofillina (OS: DCIT)
  • Theophylline (OS: JAN, BAN)
  • Théophylline (OS: DCF)
  • Theophyllin (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Theophylline (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, Ph. Eur. 8, USP 38)
  • Theophyllinum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 2)
  • Theophylline Hydrate (OS: BANM)
  • Theophylline (PH: USP 38)
  • Theophylline Hydrate (PH: BP 2016)
  • Theophylline monohydrate (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Théophylline monohydratée (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Theophyllin-Monohydrat (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Theophyllinum monohydricum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Theophylline Sodium Acetate (OS: JAN)
  • Acet-theocin sodium (IS)
  • Theacitin (IS)
  • Theocin soluble (IS)
  • Theophyllin natriumacetat-Natriumacetat (IS)
  • UNII-88AO1K4HJ3 (IS)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
DCFDénomination Commune Française
DCITDenominazione Comune Italiana
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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