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Bricanyl® 0.3 mg/ml Syrup
terbutaline sulphate

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor
or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do
not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects get serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Bricanyl Syrup is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Bricanyl Syrup
3. How to take Bricanyl Syrup
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Bricanyl Syrup
6. Further information
1. What Bricanyl Syrup is and what it is used for
Bricanyl Syrup contains a medicine called terbutaline
sulphate. This belongs to a group of medicines
called beta‑agonists. These work by relaxing certain
muscles. For example, they open up the airways in
the lungs or relax the muscles of the womb (uterus)
during pregnancy.
• Bricanyl Syrup is used for the regular treatment
of breathing disorders such as asthma. It helps
to relieve tightening of the chest and difficulty
breathing (bronchospasm).
• It is also used in pregnancy to prevent early
delivery of the baby (premature labour).
2. Before you take Bricanyl Syrup
Do not take Bricanyl Syrup if:
• You are allergic (hypersensitive) to terbutaline
sulphate or any of the other ingredients of
Bricanyl Syrup (listed in Section 6: Further

In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking any of the following medicines:
• Steroid medicines (such as prednisolone).
• Xanthine medicines (such as theophylline or
• Beta‑blocker medicines (such as atenolol or
propranolol), including eye drops (such as timolol).
• Water tablets, also know as diuretics (such as
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking Bricanyl Syrup if
you are pregnant, might become pregnant or are
Driving and using tools and machines
Bricanyl Syrup is not likely to affect you being able to
drive or use any tools or machines.
Important information about some of the
ingredients of Bricanyl Syrup
Bricanyl Syrup contains small amounts of alcohol
(ethanol). It contains less than 100 mg per dose.
Bricanyl Syrup contains sorbitol. If you have been
told by your doctor that you cannot tolerate or digest
some sugars (have an intolerance to some sugars),
talk to your doctor before taking Bricanyl Syrup.
3. How to take Bricanyl Syrup
Always take Bricanyl Syrup exactly as your doctor
has told you to. You should check with your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure. The instructions
on the label should remind you of what the doctor
said. Do not stop taking your medicine without first
discussing it with your doctor.
For asthma and breathing problems
The usual starting dose for adults and elderly people
is two 5 ml spoonfuls three times a day. Your doctor
may then increase the dose to three 5 ml spoonfuls
three times a day if necessary.

Take special care with Bricanyl Syrup
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking
Bricanyl Syrup if:
• You are pregnant and you have had problems
with your pregnancy.
• You are diabetic. If so, you may need some
additional blood sugar tests when you start taking
Bricanyl Syrup.
• You have a history of heart disease, irregular
heart rhythm or angina.
• You have an overactive thyroid gland.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you,
talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking
Bricanyl Syrup.

The dose for children depends on the child’s weight.
The doctor will work out the correct dose. This is
usually 0.25 ml per kg body weight three times a
day. For example, if a child weighs 20 kg the dose
will be 5 ml three times a day.

Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking,
or have recently taken, any other medicines. This
includes medicines that you buy without a prescription
and herbal medicines. Bricanyl Syrup can affect the
way that some medicines work and some medicines
can have an effect on Bricanyl Syrup.

For prevention of premature labour
The dose is 5 ml three times a day. Your doctor will
ask you to start taking Bricanyl Syrup after your
contractions have been controlled with injections.
The doctor will want you to continue taking
Bricanyl Syrup for as long as is needed to prolong
your pregnancy.

Contact your doctor straight away if:
• Your breathing is getting worse.
• You often wake up at night with asthma.
• You start getting chest tightness.
• You are not getting relief from your current dose.
These signs could mean your asthma is not
being controlled and you may need different or
additional treatment straight away.

If you take more Bricanyl Syrup than you should
If you have accidentally taken too much of this
medicine, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you forget to take Bricanyl Syrup
if you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you
remember. However, if it is almost time for the
next dose, wait until then and take the next dose as
normal. Do not take a double dose to make up for a
forgotten dose.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Bricanyl Syrup can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Important side effects to look out for:
• Allergic reactions. The signs may include
a swollen face, skin rash, breathing problems,
low blood pressure (feeling faint) and
collapse. It is not known exactly how often this
happens. If this happens to you, stop taking
Bricanyl Syrup and see a doctor straight away.
• Sudden wheezing soon after taking your dose
of Bricanyl Syrup. It is not known exactly how
often this happens. If this happens to you, stop
taking Bricanyl Syrup and use your ‘reliever
inhaler’ straight away. See your doctor as
soon as possible as you may need to have your
treatment changed.
Other possible side effects:
Very Common (affects more than 1 in 10 people)
• Trembling or shaking.
• Headache.
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
• Pounding or rapid heart beat (palpitations).
• Cramp or feeling tense.
• Low levels of potassium in your blood which
may cause muscle weakness, thirst, or ‘pins and
The following effects have sometimes been seen but
it is not known exactly how often they happen:
• Irregular heart beats.
• Chest pain (due to heart problems such as
angina). Tell your doctor if you develop this
symptom whilst receiving treatment with
Bricanyl Syrup, but do not stop using this
medicine unless told to.
• Feeling sick (nausea).
• Mouth and throat irritation.
• Changes in sleeping patterns and changes in
behaviour, such as feeling agitated, restless or
Do not be concerned by this list of side effects. You
may not get any of them. If any of the side effects
get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed
in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
5. How to store Bricanyl Syrup
• Keep in a safe place, out of the reach and sight of
• Do not store above 25°C.
• Do not take Bricanyl Syrup after the expiry date
printed on the packaging. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater
or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
dispose of medicines that are no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. Further information
What Bricanyl Syrup contains
The active substance is terbutaline sulphate. Each
5 ml spoonful contains 1.5 mg of terbutaline sulphate
(equivalent to 0.3 mg/ml).
The other ingredients are citric acid, disodium
edetate, ethanol, glycerol, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol,
sodium benzoate, essence of raspberry, and water.
What Bricanyl Syrup looks like and contents of
the pack
Bricanyl Syrup is a clear, colourless, raspberry
flavoured aqueous syrup. The syrup is available in
bottles of 100 ml.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and manufacturer
The Marketing Authorisations for Bricanyl Syrup are
held by AstraZeneca UK Limited, 600 Capability
Green, Luton, LU1 3LU, UK.
Bricanyl Syrup is manufactured by Takeda
Nycomed AS, Elverum Plant, Solbaervegen 5,
NO-2409 Elverum, Norway.

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Leaflet prepared: December 2012
Bricanyl is a trade mark of the AstraZeneca group of
© AstraZeneca 2012
RSP 12 0074

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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