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If you have asthma, your healthcare provider may recommend a "controller" medication called terbutaline sulfate (Brethine®). This oral drug is also approved to treat emphysema. On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend terbutaline for something other than treating asthma or emphysema, such as treating preterm labor. This is called an "off-label use."
The medicine comes in tablet form and is usually taken three times a day. Although it is generally well tolerated, side effects are possible. The most common side effects reported in clinical studies included shakiness, nervousness, and drowsiness. To help ensure a safe treatment, tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following conditions:
(For more information on this oral asthma and emphysema medication, click Terbutaline. This article gives a complete overview of the drug's effects, dosing guidelines, available strengths, and side effects.)
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