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Terbutaline (ter BYOO ta leen)

Adult Medication

Brand Names: Canada

Bricanyl® Turbuhaler®

Warning

Oral tablet/shot:

  • 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 drug 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 drug is not approved to treat or prevent premature labor. Talk with the doctor.

What is this drug used for?

  • 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 this drug?

All products:

  • If you have an allergy to terbutaline or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

Puffer (inhaler):

  • If you have a fast heartbeat.
  • If you have a heartbeat that is not normal.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
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 drug 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 this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • 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 drug more often than normal.
  • Talk with your doctor before using any other drugs or inhalers for breathing.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), this drug may sometimes raise blood sugar. Talk with your doctor about how to fine tune this.
  • 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 drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Puffer (inhaler):

  • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.

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:

All products:

  • 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 or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • 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.
  • If you are not able to get the breathing attack under control. Get help right away.
  • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Very nervous and excitable.
  • Very bad dizziness.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Shakiness.
  • Restlessness.
  • Seizures.

Puffer (inhaler):

  • This drug can cause very bad breathing problems right after you take a dose. Sometimes, this may be life-threatening. If you have trouble breathing, breathing that is worse, wheezing, or coughing after using this drug, use a rescue inhaler and get medical help right away.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

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:

All products:

  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Headache.

Oral tablet/shot:

  • Dizziness.
  • 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 your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

All products:

  • Follow how to take this drug as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.

Tablet:

  • Take with or without food.

Shot:

  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

Puffer (inhaler):

  • For breathing into the lungs.
  • Rinse out mouth after each use.
  • Do not breathe out into the puffer (inhaler). Put the cap back on after you use your dose.
  • If using more than 1 type of puffer (inhaler), ask the doctor which puffer to use first.
  • Have your puffer (inhaler) use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Make sure you use the puffer the right way.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

Tablet:

  • 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.

Puffer (inhaler):

  • If you take this drug on a regular basis, 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.
  • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

Shot:

  • Call the doctor to find out what to do.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

Shot:

  • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.

All other products:

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.

Tablet:

  • Protect from light.

All products:

  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • 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 a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, 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.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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