What is Torental (pentoxifylline) used for?
Torental is a hemorheologic agent. It is commonly used for:
- Improving the symptoms of a certain blood flow problem in the legs/arms (intermittent claudication due to occlusive artery disease).
- Decreasing the muscle aching/pain/cramps during exercise, including walking that occur with intermittent claudication.
How should I take Torental (pentoxifylline)?
For orally taken form, you should:
- Take Torental bymouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule.
- Read the label carefully before using Torental.
- Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.
How do I store Torental (pentoxifylline)?
Torental is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Torental in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Torental that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Torental down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Torental (pentoxifylline)?
Before using Torental, tell your doctor if:
- You have allergic reaction to Torental, excipients using for dosage form containing Torental.
- You have allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
- You have used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with Torental.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Torental during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Torental. Torental is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Torental (pentoxifylline)?
As taking others medicines, taking Torental can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.
Some of side effects are:
- Blurred vision
- Flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling)
- Upset stomach
- Chest pain
- Pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest
- Feeling like you might pass out
- Red or pink urine
- Bloody, black, or tarry stools
- Coughing up blood or vomit (that looks like coffee grounds)
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Torental (pentoxifylline)?
Torental may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval, such as:
Products may interact with this drug, including:
Does food or alcohol interact with Torental (pentoxifylline)?
Torental may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Torental (pentoxifylline)?
Torental may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
These health conditions are:
- A risk of bleeding condition
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Torental (pentoxifylline).
What is the dose of Torental (pentoxifylline) for an adult?
The recommended doses for intermittent claudication is 400 mg orally 3 times a day. If adverse effects develop, reducing the dose to 400 mg twice a day is recommended.
What is the dose of Torental (pentoxifylline) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Torental (pentoxifylline) available?
Torental is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Sustained release tablet: 400 mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Torental, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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