Pentoxifylline causes changes in your blood that help improve blood flow. This also helps your blood carry oxygen to your tissues and organs. Pentoxifylline is used to improve blood flow and reduce certain symptoms of a condition called intermittent claudication (IN-ter-MIT-ent KLOD-ih-KAY-tion). Pentoxifylline is not a cure for this condition. Pentoxifylline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Pentoxifylline belongs to the drug class of Blood Viscosity Reducers. Pentoxifylline acts by reducing the thickness of blood, therefore, improving circulation through blood vessels. Pentoxifylline treats conditions such as vasculitis, diabetic neuropathy, intermittent claudication, gangrene, cerebral malaria, cerebrovascular accident, vasculogenic impotence, thrombosis, brain ischemia, endometriosis, sarcoidosis, Peyronie's disease, radiation-induced fibrosis, alcoholic and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.