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Generic Name: Terbutaline (ter-BYOO-ta-leen)Brand Name: Brethine

Terbutaline is used for:

Treating or preventing symptoms caused by spasms or contractions of the muscles around the bronchioles (air tubes) associated with asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Terbutaline is a bronchodilator. It 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.

Do NOT use Terbutaline if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Terbutaline

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Terbutaline :

Some medical conditions may interact with Terbutaline . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have heart disease, an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid, diabetes, a history of seizures, or an adrenal gland tumor

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Terbutaline . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors (eg, entacapone), droxidopa, monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (eg, phenelzine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because the risk of side effects, such as life-threatening irregular heartbeat, may be increased
  • Diuretics (eg, furosemide) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Terbutaline
  • Beta-blockers (eg, propranolol) because they may decrease Terbutaline 's effectiveness
  • Insulin because its effectiveness may be decreased by Terbutaline

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Terbutaline may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Terbutaline :

Use Terbutaline as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Terbutaline is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Terbutaline at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Terbutaline . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use Terbutaline if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Terbutaline and are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Terbutaline .

Important safety information:

  • Terbutaline may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Terbutaline with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • If your breathing problems do not improve or if they get worse after using Terbutaline , contact your doctor immediately.
  • Diabetes patients - Terbutaline may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Terbutaline if you have taken an MAO inhibitor (eg, phenelzine) or a tricyclic antidepressant (eg, amitriptyline) within the last 2 weeks. The effects of these medicines are long lasting and may still interact with Terbutaline .
  • Terbutaline should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Terbutaline while you are pregnant. It is not known if Terbutaline is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Terbutaline , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Terbutaline :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Difficulty sleeping; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; nausea; nervousness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; increased difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fast heartbeat; itching; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; pounding in the chest; seizures; tremors; wheezing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include chest pain; dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; headache; nausea; nervousness; vomiting.

Proper storage of Terbutaline :

Store Terbutaline at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep in the original container until ready for use. Keep Terbutaline out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Terbutaline , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Terbutaline is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Terbutaline . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Terbutaline Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • terbutaline Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • terbutaline Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
  • Brethaire Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
  • Brethine Detailed Consumer Information (PDR)

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