TERBUTALINE - Watsons Health

TERBUTALINE

Terbutaline belongs to a class of drugs called bronchodilator that works by dilating (opening) the bronchioles of the lungs by relaxing the muscles around them. This allows for easier airflow into and out of the lungs.

This medication is used to treat or prevent symptoms caused by spasms or contractions of the muscles around the bronchioles (air tubes) associated with asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. Terbutaline may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Terbutaline should not be used to treat prolonged (more than 48 to 72 hours) premature labor. It should also not be used for premature labor outside of your doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic. Call your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

Serious and sometimes fatal side effects have been reported after the use of terbutaline in pregnant women. It includes fast or irregular heartbeat, high blood sugar, low blood potassium levels, fluid in the lungs, and heart attack.

Terbutaline may also cause fast heartbeat or low blood sugar in the fetus or newborn if given to a pregnant woman.

Terbutaline should also not be used for premature labor outside of your doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.

Side effects of this drug include:

  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • nervousness
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • weakness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • dry mouth

 

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • increased difficulty breathing
  • tightening of the throat
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • seizures

Tell your doctor promptly if any of these effects persist or worsen.

Precautions

Before taking terbutaline, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar bronchodilators (e.g., albuterol, metaproterenol, salmeterol); or to sympathomimetic drugs (e.g., epinephrine, pseudoephedrine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can trigger allergic reactions or other problems.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:

  • Heart Disease (Like Abnormal Heartbeat, Ischemic Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure)
  • Seizures
  • Overactive Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism)
  • Diabetes
  • Low Blood Potassium Level (Hypokalemia)

 

Interactions

Drug interactions may interfere with how your medication works. Tell your doctor about all your medications and any you start or stop using during treatment with terbutaline.

Call emergency hotline if someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing. Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • Unusual Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Severe Headache
  • Seizures
  • Very Fast Heartbeat
  • Severe Nausea

 

Available brands:

  • Bricalin
  • Bronchodam
  • Bricanyl
  • Pulmoxcel

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