Generic name: Terbutaline Tablets [ ter-BYOO-ta-leen ]
Drug classes: Adrenergic bronchodilators, Tocolytic agents
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 1, 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 this medicine (terbutaline tablets) 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 Tablets:
- 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 Tablets?
- If you have an allergy to terbutaline or any other part of this medicine (terbutaline tablets).
- If you are allergic to this medicine (terbutaline tablets); any part of this medicine (terbutaline tablets); 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 this medicine (terbutaline tablets).
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 this medicine (terbutaline tablets) 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 Tablets?
For all patients taking this medicine (terbutaline tablets):
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (terbutaline tablets). 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 this medicine (terbutaline tablets) 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 this medicine (terbutaline tablets) 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 this medicine (terbutaline tablets) 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 this medicine (terbutaline tablets) may be for use in different ages of children. Talk with the doctor before giving this medicine (terbutaline tablets) to a child.
How is this medicine (Terbutaline Tablets) best taken?
Use this medicine (terbutaline tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Follow how to take this medicine (terbutaline tablets) as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
- Take with or without food.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
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 Tablets?
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 Tablets?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- 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.
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.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine (terbutaline tablets), 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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