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NUELIN SA 175MG PROLONGED RELEASE TABLETS

Active substance(s): THEOPHYLLINE / THEOPHYLLINE

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Patient Information Leaflet
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Nuelin

SA 175 mg Prolonged Release
Tablets
(theophylline)

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking
this medicine because it contains important
information for you.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this
leaflet or as your doctor, pharmacist or nurse has told you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or
advice.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
• You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if
you feel worse.
The name of your medicine is Nuelin SA 175mg
Prolonged Release Tablets, but will be referred to as
Nuelin SA throughout the remainder of the leaflet.
Your medicine is also available in the following strength:
250mg Prolonged Release Tablets.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Nuelin SA is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Nuelin SA
3. How to take Nuelin SA
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Nuelin SA
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Nuelin SA is and what it is used for
Nuelin SA belongs to a family of medicines called
bronchodilators. Bronchodilators are used to treat, and
relieve the symptoms of diseases where the passages in
your lungs are blocked.
Nuelin SA works by widening the air passages in your
lungs which allows you to breathe more easily and feel
less tight chested. You may take Nuelin SA if you have
asthma or a chest disease such as chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD) that makes you wheeze,
cough or become short of breath.
You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you
feel worse.
2. What you need to know before you take Nuelin SA
Do not take Nuelin SA:
• if you are allergic to theophylline or other
bronchodilators (such as xanthines), or any of the
other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
• if you are under 6 years of age
• if you are a child and are taking medicines containing
ephedrine (e.g. children's cold and cough medicines)
• if you have a disease called porphyria which may
cause skin problems, chest and stomach pains,
sickness and diarrhoea.
If any of the above applies to you talk to your doctor or
pharmacist.
Warnings and precautions
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking
Nuelin SA:
• if you have an irregular, or abnormally fast or slow
heart beat
• if you have a stomach or intestinal ulcer
• if you suffer from epileptic seizures
• if you have lung disease
• if you have liver disease
• if you have very high blood pressure
• if you have been told you have an overactive thyroid
gland
• if you have a disease called acute porphyria which
may cause stomach pain, sickness, diarrhoea,
seizures or mental disorders
• if you are an alcoholic




if you have a high fever, headache and chills that
came on suddenly (acute febrile illness)
if you smoke.

If you have been told by your doctor that you have an
intolerance to some sugars, check with your doctor or
pharmacist before taking this medicine.
Other medicines and Nuelin SA
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have
recently taken or might take any of the following
medicines. It is very important that you do this, as
your doctor or pharmacist may have to alter the dose
of Nuelin SA that you take:
• isoprenaline and another xanthine called
aminophylline which are used to treat asthma or lung
disease
• drugs to treat stomach or intestinal ulcers such as
cimetidine or nizatidine
• drugs to treat high blood pressure such as betablockers, furosemide, diltiazem or verapamil
• drugs to treat an overactive thyroid gland such as
carbimazole
• drugs to treat infections such as erythromycin or other
macrolide antibiotics, ciprofloxacin or norfloxacin
• drugs to treat fungal infections such as fluconazole
• drugs to treat a joint disease called gout such as
allopurinol or sulfinpyrazone
• drugs to treat skin diseases (corticosteroids)
• oral contraceptives (i.e. `the pill’)
• drugs to treat irregular heart beat such as mexiletine
or propafenone
• drugs to treat depression such as fluvoxamine
• a vaccine for preventing flu
• drugs used to treat alcoholism such as disulfiram
• interferon alfa, a drug used to treat several cancers
• drugs to treat tuberculosis such as isoniazid or
rifampicin
• drugs to treat diseases of the small blood vessels
such as pentoxifylline
• drugs to prevent and treat epileptic seizures such as
phenytoin, carbamazepine, barbiturates or primidone
• aminoglutethimide, a drug used to treat a disease
called Cushings Syndrome
• St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), a herbal
remedy used to treat depression
• ketamine, a drug used as an anaesthetic
• doxapram, a drug used to stimulate breathing in
patients who struggle to breathe for themselves.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking,
have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Nuelin with food and drink
Nuelin SA should always be taken after you have eaten.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
Pregnancy
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be
pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor
or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Breast-feeding
You must not breast-feed while taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Nuelin SA does not affect your ability to drive or use
machines.
Nuelin SA contains lactose

3. How to take Nuelin SA
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this
leaflet or as your doctor, pharmacist or nurse has told you.
Check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not
sure.
The recommended dose is:

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist
or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via
the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

Adults:
Nuelin SA 175 mg tablets: The usual dose is one tablet
taken twice a day.
If necessary, this may be increased to two tablets twice a
day.
Nuelin SA 250 mg tablets: The usual dose is one tablet
taken twice a day.
If necessary, this may be increased to two tablets twice a
day.

5. How to store Nuelin SA
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Nuelin SA after the expiry date which is stated
on the label or carton. The expiry date refers to the last
day of that month.
Do not store above 25°C.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Return any medicine you no longer
need to the pharmacist.

Elderly:
Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you exactly how much to
take. The dose you take may be lower than the usual adult
dose.
While you are taking this medicine, your doctor may ask
you to have check-ups. These are to make sure that your
medicine is working properly and that the dose you are
taking is right for you.

If the tablets show any signs of deterioration or
discolouration, consult your pharmacist for advice. If
damaged please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Use in children and adolescents
Children (aged 6-12 years):
Nuelin SA 175 mg tablets: The usual dose is one tablet
taken twice a day.
Nuelin SA 250 mg tablets: The usual dose is half to one
tablet taken twice a day.

Each prolonged release tablet contains an active
ingredient called theophylline which is a bronchodilator.

6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Nuelin SA contains
Nuelin SA tablets are round, white tablets marked ‘175’ on
one side and ‘T’ on the other.

Also contains lactose, cellulose acetate phthalate,
magnesium stearate.
Each pack contains 60 tablets.

Remember: Nuelin SA should always be taken after you
have eaten. Nuelin SA tablets should be swallowed whole.
Do not crush or chew the tablets. To get the correct dose,
the 250 mg tablets may have to be broken in half along
the line down the middle. Your doctor or pharmacist will
tell you how to do this.
If you take more Nuelin SA than you should
Do not take more Nuelin SA than you should. If you
accidentally take too much, immediately contact your
doctor or nearest hospital casualty department.
Taking too much Nuelin SA can have very serious effects.
You may feel or be sick, have stomach pains, and vomit
blood. Your heart may beat faster or you may shake
uncontrollably. Severe cases of overdose may cause you
to have a fit, go into a coma, or die.
If you forget to take Nuelin SA
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten
dose. Take your next dose as planned.
If you stop taking Nuelin SA
Do not stop taking Nuelin SA without first talking to your
doctor or pharmacist. If you have any further questions
about the use of this medicine, ask your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
• you notice your heart beating irregularly, or abnormally
fast or slow
• you have a fit (convulsions)
• you feel sick
• you have cramps, or a burning sensation in your
stomach
• you have a headache
• you feel restless and have difficulty sleeping
(insomnia).
Nuelin SA are prolonged release tablets. This means they
release the medicine slowly over a long period of time.
This reduces the chance of you getting any side effects
and makes any side effects milder.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor
or pharmacist.

Nuelin SA tablets are manufactured by 3M Health Care
Limited, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 5SF or
MEDA Pharma BV Krijgsman 20 1186 DM Amstelveen,
Holland. Procured from within the EU. Product Licence
holder: Quadrant Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Lynstock House,
Lynstock Way, Lostock, Bolton BL6 4SA. Repackaged by
Maxearn Ltd, Bolton BL6 4SA.
Nuelin SA Prolonged Release Tablets
PL 20774/1326

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Leaflet revised: 6 June 2017
Nuelin is a registered trademark of Meda AB

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Pharmaceuticals Ltd,
Tel: 01204 473081
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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