Effects of Terbutaline

People with asthma or emphysema may find terbutaline an effective medication. It was once sold under the brand name Brethine®; however, this drug is no longer available and only generic versions are sold. Terbutaline comes in tablet form and is generally taken three times a day.
 
This medicine belongs to a class of drugs called beta-adrenergic receptor agonists, often called beta agonists for short. It works by stimulating beta receptors in the body, as well as by decreasing the activity of mast cells in the lungs. Because of these effects, terbutaline can help prevent asthma attacks (but not treat them once they start) and help make breathing easier for people with emphysema.
 
It is important to take terbutaline exactly as your healthcare provider recommends and to take it at the same times each day. This helps to ensure that an even level of the drug remains in your blood and that terbutaline is as effective as possible for your condition.
 
(To learn more about this medication's effects, click Terbutaline. This in-depth article offers more details on how this product works, what to tell your doctor before beginning treatment, possible side effects, and more.)
 
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