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Brand Names: Brethine, Bricanyl

Generic Name: terbutaline (oral) (Pronunciation: ter BYOO ta leen)

What is terbutaline (Brethine, Bricanyl)?

Terbutaline is a bronchodilator. Terbutaline works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Terbutaline is used to treat bronchospasm (wheezing, shortness of breath) associated with lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

Terbutaline may also be used for conditions other than those listed in this medication guide.

Brethine 5 mg

round, white, imprinted with GEIGY 105

Terbutaline 2.5 mg-GLO

oval, white, imprinted with G, 2611

Terbutaline 5 mg-GLO

round, white, imprinted with G, 2622

What are the possible side effects of terbutaline (Brethine, Bricanyl)?

Stop taking terbutaline and seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following serious side effects:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
  • chest pain or irregular heartbeats.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take terbutaline and talk to your doctor if you experience

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about terbutaline (Brethine, Bricanyl)?

Seek medical attention if you notice that you require more than your usual or more than the maximum amount of any asthma medication in a 24-hour period. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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