terbutaline, Brethine, Bricanyl, and Brethaire are no longer available in the U.S. (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Terbutaline is used to relieve and prevent bronchospasms caused by asthma, emphysema or bronchitis. It also is used for preventing preterm labor.

SIDE EFFECTS: Terbutaline may cause side effects such as:

Vomiting, anxiety, restlessness, lethargy, excessive sweating, chest pain, and muscle cramping also may occur. Low blood potassium (hypokalemia) and high blood glucose have been associated with terbutaline.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 2.5 and 5 mg. Injection: 1 mg/ml. Inhaler: 0.2 mg/puff. Nubulizer: 1 mg/ml.

STORAGE: Tablets and injection should be stored at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F).

DOSING: The recommended adult oral dose for treating bronchospasm due to asthma, emphysema, or bronchitis is 2.5-5 mg 3 to 4 times daily approximately 6 hours apart while awake. The maximum dosage is 15 mg/day.

The recommended subcutaneous (under skin) dose is 0.25 mg every 15-30 minutes for two doses. The maximum dose is 0.5 mg within 4 hours.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/30/2015


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