Terbutaline sulfate (Brethine®) is a drug used for the treatment of asthma and emphysema. While it is not a cure for asthma and should not be used to treat an asthma attack, the medication can help prevent asthma attacks from occurring. Terbutaline tablets, which are available by prescription, come only in generic form and are generally taken three times a day.
The tablets come in two strengths:
Terbutaline 2.5 mg
Terbutaline 5 mg.
The specific dose your healthcare provider recommends will depend on how old you are, whether you are taking other medications, and other factors. You can take terbutaline with or without food. It's a good idea to take the medication at the same times each day in order to keep a steady amount of the medicine in your blood.
(To learn more about taking these tablets, click Terbutaline. This article gives a comprehensive overview of the medication, explaining how terbutaline works, who can use it, and what can happen if you take too much.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Brethine [package insert]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation;1999 April.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: Approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed April 27, 2007.
Briggs GG, Freeman RK, Yaffe SJ. Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 7th ed. Philadelphia (PA): Lippincott Williams & Wilkins;2005.
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