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    Information about Terbutaline

    Terbutaline uses

    Terbutaline is used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

    How terbutaline works

    Terbutaline is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing the muscles in the airways and widens airways. This makes breathing easier.

    Common side effects of terbutaline

    Trembling, Headache, Palpitations, Heart beat increased, Hypokalemic (decreased potassium level in blood) alkalosis, Muscle weakness
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    Dr. Sakshi Sharma
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    11 Nov 2019 | 04:46 PM (IST)
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    Available Medicine for Terbutaline

    Expert advice for Terbutaline

    • This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
    • Limit alcoholic beverages.
    • Avoid smoking and smoke prone places.
    • Do not use terbutaline if you are allergic to terbutaline or to other drugs such as epinephrine, albuterol.
    • Consult your doctor before taking terbutaline if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Terbutaline


    Q. Is terbutaline a steroid/ corticosteroid/ a catecholamine/ a narcotic/ cough syrup?

    Terbutaline (also available as Bricanyl, Brozedex and in combination as Asthakind) belongs to a class of medications called beta agonists. It is used to prevent and treat wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. It is not a corticosteroid, catecholamine or a narcotic

    Q. Is Terbutaline FDA approved/ available over the counter?

    Terbutaline is FDA approved drug and available only by prescription given by your doctor

    Q. Is Bricanyl the same as Ventolin/ better than Ventolin?

    Terbutaline (Bricanyl) and salbutamol (Ventolin) belongs to same category of drugs with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response

    Q. Is Bricanyl a preventer or reliever?

    Terbutaline (Bricanyl) is a reliever inhaler, as it relieves asthma attack

    Q. Does Terbutaline cause autism/ cause diarrhea/ cause hyperglycemia/ cause respiratory depression/ make you tired/ cause weight gain/ make you fat/ raise blood pressure?

    Terbutaline may cause hyperglycemia and increased heart rate. It is not known to cause other side effects mentioned. However, consult your doctor if you experience any of the side effects when taking Terbutaline.

    Content on this page was last updated on 11 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)