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Terbutaline

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: Canada: Bricanyl® Turbuhaler®

    Uses
    • It is used to open the airways in lung diseases where spasm may cause breathing problems.
    • It delays a baby's birth when it is too early.
    • Terbutaline works in the airways to calm the muscles and help the flow of oxygen.
    • It works to lower the number of times the uterus contracts.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Oral:
    • Take tablet on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
    • It is given as an infusion into the fatty part of the skin over a period of time.

    Missed 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.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Tablet:
    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Shot:
    • This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Do not use this drug for more than 72 hours to stop premature labor unless you are told to do so by your doctor. Talk with your doctor.
    • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to terbutaline or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have a fast heartbeat.

    Precautions

    • Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), this drug may sometimes raise blood sugar. Talk with your doctor about how to fine tune this.
    • If you have an overactive thyroid, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have seizures, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Limit your use of caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate. Use with this drug may cause nervousness, shakiness, and a fast heartbeat.
    • If you are taking this drug for lung disease and get pregnant, tell your doctor.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • All products:
    • Nervous and excitable.
    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Dry mouth. Good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. See a dentist often.
    • Not able to sleep.
    • Shot:
    • Low blood pressure.
    • Flushing. Wearing layers of clothes or summer clothes and staying in cool places may help.
    • Low potassium levels. Signs include feeling tired, weak, numbness, or tingling; muscle cramps; hard stools (constipation); throwing up; or a fast heartbeat.
    • High blood sugar may cause diabetes while on this drug. This most often goes back to normal when this drug is stopped.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • If you are not able to get the breathing attack under control. Get help right away.
    • Peak flow measurement low.
    • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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