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Brethine Medication - Uses & Side Effects

terbutaline inhalation
Pronunciation: ter BYOO ta leen
Brand: Brethaine

Terbutaline is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing. It attaches to receptors on the muscle cells lining the air passages causing the muscles to relax. It also relaxes some other types of smooth muscles, such as the muscles of the uterus. This medication is also used for the relief of bronchial spasm associated with bronchitis and emphysema.

Brethine Dosage

  • The usual dose is 5 milligrams taken at approximately 6-hour intervals, 3 times per day during waking hours.
  • This medication is not recommended for use in children below 12 years of age.

Uses of Brethine

  • Terbutaline is used to treat bronchospasm including wheezing, shortness of breath associated with lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
  • Terbutaline may also be used for other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Brethine

Before taken Brethine medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Brethine. Side effects may include:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Dzziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fluttery heartbeat
  • Flushed feeling
  • Headache
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

Warnings and precautions before taking Brethine

  • You should consult with your doctor before using Brethine if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or an overactive thyroid gland.
  • This medicine may also cause your blood sugar levels to rise, because which could change the amount of insulin or diabetes medicine that you need to take.
  • You should not use other asthma medications, while taking Brethine before checking with your doctor. Only your doctor can determine what is a sufficient amount of time between doses. If you find that Brethine is not working, then you should tell your doctor immediately.
  • Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Do not use terbutaline inhalation without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Brethine with certain other drugs, then it may be increased, decreased, or altered the effects of medicine. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Brethine with the following:

  • Antidepressant drugs known as MAO inhibitors (Nardil, Parnate, others)
  • Beta blockers (blood pressure medications such as Inderal and Tenormin)
  • Diuretics (water pills, such as Lasix or HydroDIURIL)
  • Other bronchodilators such as Proventil and Ventolin
  • Tricyclic antidepressant drugs such as Elavil and Tofranil
Overdose

After taken Brethine if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a terbutaline overdose may include:

  • Angina or chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeats or a fluttering heart
  • Seizures
  • Tremor
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting


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