How Does Terbutaline Work?

People with certain breathing conditions -- namely asthma and emphysema -- may be prescribed terbutaline sulfate (Brethine®). This product belongs to a class of drugs called beta-adrenergic receptor agonists, also called beta agonists for short. This means that terbutaline works by stimulating beta receptors in the body and by decreasing the effects of mast cells in the lungs.
 
Most people find that terbutaline works well for their condition and have no problems during treatment; however, side effects are possible. Commonly reported ones include shakiness, headaches, and drowsiness. If you experience any problems with this medication -- or if you feel that something "just isn't right" -- contact your healthcare provider.
 
(Click Terbutaline for more information on how this medicine works, what to tell your healthcare provider before beginning treatment, and what to do in cases of overdose.)
 
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