Terbutaline is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest caused by anxiety, chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

What is Terbutaline?

Terbutaline is a beta-agonist medication. It works by relaxing and promoting the opening of the airway, and facilitating it.

How should Terbutaline be taken?

Terbutaline is consumed orally in tablet form. The dosage is usually three doses a day, one every six hours.

Side effects associated with Terbutaline

Among the possible adverse effects of terbutaline are the following:

  • uncontrollable tremors
  • nervousness
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • weakness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • dry mouth

It is important to consult a doctor if you have:

  • increased difficulty breathing
  • tightness in your throat
  • a fast, heavy, or irregular heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • seizures

Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Terbutaline

Moreover, before taking terbutaline it is important to tell your doctor if:

  • You have any allergies to the active substance, excipients or other drugs
  • You are taking other medicines, herbal remedies and supplements, remembering to mention in particular beta-blockers, medicines for colds, asthma, to control appetite or for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and, even if it was interrupted in the previous 2 weeks, tricyclic antidepressants
  • You suffer (or have suffered) from irregular heartbeat, heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, diabetes and seizures
  • You are pregnant or lactating

You must inform surgeons and dentists of ongoing treatment with terbutaline prior to any procedures.