Important Instructions on Terbutaline

When and How to Take Terbutaline

General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
  • Terbutaline comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth three times a day.
  • The medicine can be taken with or without food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • It should be taken at the same times each day to maintain even levels of the drug in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosage Information

The dose of terbutaline that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Terbutaline Dosing for more information.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with terbutaline. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of terbutaline include, but are not limited to:
  • Nervousness
  • Shakiness (tremors)
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness.
(Click Terbutaline Side Effects to learn about specific side effects of this medication, including some of the more serious side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider.)
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