- A solubilized form of theophylline; a diuretic, vasodilator, and cardiac stimulant; also used as a bronchodilator in asthma and in veterinary medicine. SYN: theophylline ethylenediamine.
* * *am·i·noph·yl·line .am-ə-'näf-ə-lən n a theophylline derivative C16H24N10O4 used esp. to stimulate the heart in congestive heart failure and to dilate the air passages in respiratory disorders called also theophylline ethylenediamine
* * *n.a drug that relaxes smooth muscle and stimulates respiration. It is widely used to dilate the air passages in the treatment of asthma and some cases of chronic bronchitis. Administered by mouth or injection, it may cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and fast heart rate. See also theophylline. Trade name: Phyllocontin Continus.
* * *am·i·noph·yl·line (am″ĭ-nofґə-lin) [USP] a salt of theophylline prepared from theophylline and aqueous ethylenediamine, used as a bronchodilator for the prevention and treatment of symptoms of asthma and of reversible bronchospasm associated with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; administered orally, rectally, or intravenously. It is also administered intravenously as an antidote to dipyridamole toxicity.
Medical dictionary. 2011.