Generic name: Terbutaline Injection [ ter-BYOO-ta-leen ]
Drug classes: Adrenergic bronchodilators, Tocolytic agents
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 19, 2023.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly side effects, like fast heartbeat, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, high blood sugar, low potassium, fluid in the lungs, or heart attack, have happened when terbutaline injection was given to pregnant women. It may also cause fast heartbeat or low blood sugar in the fetus or newborn if given to a pregnant woman. This medicine is not approved to treat or prevent premature labor. Talk with the doctor.
Uses of Terbutaline Injection:
- It is used to open the airways in lung diseases where spasm may cause breathing problems.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Terbutaline Injection?
- If you have an allergy to terbutaline or any other part of terbutaline injection.
- If you are allergic to terbutaline injection; any part of terbutaline injection; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you are in preterm labor or are having a miscarriage.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with terbutaline injection.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take terbutaline injection with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Terbutaline Injection?
For all patients taking terbutaline injection:
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take terbutaline injection. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Call your doctor right away if your normal dose does not work well, if your signs get worse, or if you need to use terbutaline injection more often than normal.
- Talk with your doctor before using any other drugs or inhalers for breathing.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor. This medicine may raise blood sugar.
- Check your blood sugar as you have been told by your doctor.
- If you are 65 or older, use terbutaline injection with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using terbutaline injection while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Different forms of terbutaline injection may be for use in different ages of children. Talk with the doctor before giving terbutaline injection to a child.
How is this medicine (Terbutaline Injection) best taken?
Use terbutaline injection as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
- Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Very nervous and excitable.
What are some other side effects of Terbutaline Injection?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Feeling sleepy.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Terbutaline Injection?
- If you need to store terbutaline injection at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about terbutaline injection, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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