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Terbutaline

Also known as Bricanyl, Brethine, and Brethaire


Terbutaline (trade names Brethine, Bricanyl, Brethaire, or Terbulin) is a β2-adrenergic receptor agonist, used as a Tocolytic (anti-contraction medication) to delay preterm labor for up to 48 hours. This time can then be used to administer steroid injections to the mother which help fetal lung maturity and reduce complications of prematurity. It should not be used to prevent preterm labor or delay labor more than 48–72 hours. In February 2011, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered to put a boxed warning on the drug's label. Pregnant women should not be given injections of the drug terbutaline for the prevention of preterm labor or for long-term (beyond 48–72 hours) management of preterm labor, and should not be given oral terbutaline for any type of prevention or treatment of preterm labor "due to of the potential for serious internal heart problems and death."

Source: Wikipedia

DEA Class 4 meaning a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence.

Estimated Total Cost: $47.2 for an average of 28 days supply

What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed terbutaline to treat asthma, threatened pregnancy, pain during pregnancy, and uterine contractions.

What side effects are related?

Patients taking terbutaline most commonly experience side effects like headache, palpitations, and increased heart rate.

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