What is Trental (Pentoxifylline) used for?
Trental 400 (Pentoxifylline BP) is used to treat blood flow problems occurring in the arms or legs, caused by conditions such as occlusive artery disease. This drug may also help to reduce muscle aches and pain which occur as a result of this condition. This drug is in a class of medications known as hemorrheologic agents, which help the blood flow more easily through arteries which are narrower than normal, which in turn leads to an increase in the level of oxygen delivered to the blood when the muscles need more, especially during exercise.
How should I use Trental (Pentoxifylline)?
Trental 400 (Pentoxifylline BP) comes in the form of tablets, which are taken orally, with food. Patients are sometimes directed to take this medication 3 times daily. Patients should always consult their physician before taking this medication, so that the correct dosage can be prescribed. It is important to note that some patients may notice improvement in their symptoms after 2 to 4 weeks, whereas it may take up to 8 weeks for other patients to feel the full benefits of this drug.
What are the side effects of Trental (Pentoxifylline)?
Trental 400 (Pentoxifylline BP) may cause some side effects to occur, such as:
Patients should consult their physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if any other more serious side effects occur, such as pain in the chest, blurred vision, persistent nausea or swollen limbs.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Trental 400 (Pentoxifylline BP). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.