Theophylline, given as the soluble ethylenediamine salt aminophylline, offers some help in relieving the paroxysmal dyspnea that is often associated with left heart failure. A major portion of its efficacy may be due to the relief of bronchospasm secondary to pulmonary vascular congestion. Theophylline increases myocardial contractile force and has occasionally been used in the treatment of refractory forms of congestive heart fail ure. Theophylline also has shown some benefit in the treatment of neonatal apnea syndrome.
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If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.