Pentoxifylline belongs to a class of drugs known as hemorrheologic agents.
Pentoxifylline can decrease the muscle aching/pain/cramps during exercise, including walking, that occur with intermittent claudication.
Pentoxifylline helps to decrease the pain, discomfort, or cramps you can get from having poor circulation in your legs.
Pentoxifylline improves blood flow.
Pentoxifylline is prescribed to improve the symptoms of a certain blood flow problem in the legs/arms (intermittent claudication due to occlusive artery disease).
Pentoxifylline works by helping blood flow more easily through narrowed arteries.
This increases the amount of oxygen that can be delivered by the blood when the muscles need more (such as during exercise) thereby increasing walking distance and duration.
Pentoxifylline side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat;
- Chest pain;
- dizziness or drowsiness;
- Easy bruising/bleeding;
- Fast/irregular heartbeat;
- Itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat);
- nausea, vomiting;
- Severe dizziness;
- Trouble breathing;
Pentoxifylline is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- an unusual or allergic reaction to pentoxifylline, caffeine, theophylline, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- kidney or liver disease;
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- previous bleeding in the head or retina;
- if you are allergic to caffeine;
- if you are allergic to pentoxifylline;
- if you are allergic to theophylline;
- if you have any other allergies;
- if you have kidney problems;
- if you have recent bleeding in the eye;
- if you have recent major surgery;
- if you have recent stroke;
- if you have stomach ulcer;
Do not take Pentoxifylline with any of the following drugs:
Reported Pentoxifylline overdose symptoms are:
- Severe dizziness;
- Loss of consciousness;