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What is Terbutaline used for?

Terbutaline is used to treat bronchial spasms associated with asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. This medication is an oral bronchodilator that improves breathing by relaxing muscles in the airways. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Terbutaline?

The dosage of Terbutaline prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Terbutaline?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Terbutaline medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Terbutaline?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Terbutaline, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are headache, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, and seizures.

What other drugs could interact with Terbutaline?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Terbutaline.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Terbutaline, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Terbutaline can interact with other bronchodilators, beta-blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, and diuretics.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Terbutaline?

Like other medicines, Terbutaline can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Terbutaline are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Terbutaline cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Terbutaline develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Terbutaline can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headache, lightheadedness, insomnia, diarrhea, and dry mouth. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are difficulty breathing, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, and swelling of the lips, tongue, or face. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Terbutaline.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Terbutaline?

Is it possible for me to take Terbutaline with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Terbutaline?
What are the possible drug interactions of Terbutaline?
How will Terbutaline work in my body?
How should Terbutaline be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Terbutaline drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before using Terbutaline, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease. Also, inform your doctor, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Avoid smoking as well as exposure to dust and allergens.


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