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Terbutaline - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Terbutaline

Generic Name : Terbutaline
Pronunciation : ter byoo' ta leen
Latest prescription information about Terbutaline. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y55.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Asthmatics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Terbutaline

India : 


International : 

Brethaire, Brethine, Bricanyl, Terbutaline Sulfate

Why is Terbutaline Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a bronchodilator, prescribed for asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.  It works by relaxing and opening the airways that cause easy breathing.

When should Terbutaline not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Terbutaline?

SC- The usual dose is 0.25 mg injected into the lateral deltoid area. The total dose within 4 hours should not exceed 0.5 mg.

How should Terbutaline be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food three times per day.
It also comes as an inhaler to inhale by mouth.
It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider under the large muscle.

What are the warnings and precautions for Terbutaline?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart disease, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, overactive thyroid, sugar, seizures, adrenal gland tumor, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• If condition worsens consult with your doctor.

What are the side effects of Terbutaline?

   Central Nervous System : Tremor, nervousness, dizziness, headache and drowsiness.
   Heart : Palpitations and fast heart rate.
   Respiratory : Chest discomfort and difficulty in breathing.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea/vomiting.
   Systemic : Weakness, flushed feeling, sweating and pain at injection site.

What are the other precautions for Terbutaline?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Terbutaline?

Store it at room temperature (20° to 25°C).

Schedule : H
Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.

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