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What is this medication?

BRICANYL (Terbutaline)
2 Agonist

BRICANYL (Terbutaline) is indicated for the treatment of asthma, and bronchospasm.

Terbutaline has not been approved and should not be used for prolonged tocolysis (beyond 48 to 72 hours). In particular, terbutaline should not be used for maintenance tocolysis in the outpatient or home setting. Serious adverse reactions, including death, have been reported after administration of terbutaline to pregnant women. In mothers, these adverse reactions include increased heart rate, transient hyperglycemia, hypokalemia, cardiac arrhythmias, pulmonary edema, and myocardial ischemia. Increased fetal heart rate and neonatal hypoglycemia may occur as a result of maternal administration.

How does this medication work? 

BRICANYL (Terbutaline) is beta2-receptor agonist that stimulates the beta-adrenergic receptors causing bronchial relaxation with less effect on the heart rate.

How should I take this medication? 

Inhalation: Inhale as needed, if not effective after 5 minutes may repeat dose. If second dose is not effective, consult healthcare provider immediately. Additional doses may be administered however >6 inhalations in a 24-hour period should not be needed. 

How to Take: After removing lid, hold inhaler upright and turn blue grip as far as it will go in one direction, then turn it back to original position. Clicking sound indicates that inhaler is ready for use. Exhale fully but not into the inhaler and then place mouthpiece gently between teeth, close lips around inhaler and inhale deeply. Inhaler should be removed from mouth prior to exhaling. Rinse mouth with water after each inhalation as some medication may stick to the inside of the mouth and throat. If inhaler is dropped or shaken, or if you exhale into the inhaler after a dose is loaded, the dose will be lost and a new dose should be loaded and inhaled.

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting BRICANYL (Terbutaline), make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take. Terbutaline has causes paradoxical bronchospasm in rare instances.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light, heat, and moisture. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Nervousness, restless, tremor and hyperglycemia.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for BRICANYL (Terbutaline), only common ones.