Terbutaline is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Terbutaline is used to treat or prevent bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing) in people with lung conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema.

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  • Brethine
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking terbutaline:

    More common:
    Shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
    trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
    Less common:
    Extra heartbeat
    feeling faint, dizzy, or lightheadedness
    feeling of warmth or heat
    flushing or redness of the skin, especially on the face and neck
    headache
    sweating
    Rare:
    Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
    excessive muscle tone
    muscle stiffness
    muscle tension or tightness
    If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking terbutaline, get emergency help immediately:

    Symptoms of overdose:
    Arm, back, or jaw pain
    blurred vision
    chest pain or discomfort
    chest tightness or heaviness
    confusion
    convulsions
    decreased urine
    dizziness
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    dry mouth
    fainting
    fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    increased thirst
    loss of appetite
    mood changes
    muscle pain or cramps
    nausea or vomiting
    nervousness
    numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
    pounding in the ears
    seizures
    shortness of breath
    sleeplessness
    slow or fast heartbeat
    trouble sleeping
    unable to sleep
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with terbutaline may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common:
    Sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
    Less common:
    Anxiety
    lack or loss of strength
    Rare:
    Fever
    rash
    redness, soreness, or itching skin
    seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
    sores, welting, or blisters
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