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Brethine

Pronunciation

Generic Name: terbutaline (oral) (ter BYOO ta leen)
Brand Name: Brethine

What is terbutaline?

Terbutaline is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Terbutaline is used to treat or prevent bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing) in people with lung conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema.

Terbutaline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about terbutaline?

Terbutaline is not safe to use in a pregnant woman to prevent premature labor.

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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking terbutaline?

You should not use terbutaline if you are allergic to it.

To make sure terbutaline is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • heart disease, high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorder;

  • coronary artery disease (hardened arteries);

  • diabetes;

  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder;

  • overactive thyroid;

  • low levels of potassium in your blood;

  • glaucoma; or

  • any drug allergies.

FDA pregnancy category B. Terbutaline is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Terbutaline is not safe to use in a pregnant woman to prevent premature labor.

It is not known whether terbutaline passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Terbutaline should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old.

How should I take terbutaline?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Use terbutaline regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Your doctor may prescribe other medications to treat your condition. Use all medications as directed. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice.

To make sure this medication is not causing harmful effects on your lungs, you may need to have chest X rays or other frequent lung function tests.

Seek medical attention if you think your asthma medications are not working as well. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking terbutaline?

Avoid situations that may worsen your respiratory condition such as exercising in cold, dry air; smoking; breathing in dust; and exposure to allergens such as pet fur.

Terbutaline side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • chest pain, fast heart rate;

  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • tremors; or

  • worsening or no improvement in your symptoms.

Common side effects may include:

  • nervousness;

  • headache;

  • dizziness, weakness, drowsiness;

  • nausea, dry mouth;

  • tired feeling; or

  • sleep problems (insomnia).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect terbutaline?

You should not take terbutaline if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.

Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with terbutaline, especially:

  • a diuretic or "water pill"; or

  • a beta blocker--atenolol, bisoprolol, carvedilol, labetalol, metoprolol, nadolol, nebivolol, propranolol, sotalol, and others.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with terbutaline, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide information about terbutaline written for health professionals that you may read.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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