What Is Terbutaline Prescribed For?

People with asthma or emphysema may be prescribed terbutaline sulfate (Brethine®). As a beta-adrenergic receptor agonist (often just called a beta agonist), this medication works by stimulating the activity of beta receptors in the body and by decreasing the effect of mast cells in the lungs. As a result, it helps prevent asthma attacks and helps people with emphysema breathe easier.
 
Before prescribing terbutaline, your healthcare provider will consider various factors, such as your age and if other medical conditions are present. For example, this drug is not approved for children under the age of 12, nor should it be taken by people with certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or an abnormal heart rhythm.
 
(Click What Is Terbutaline Used For? for more information on how this medication works, possible off-label uses, and when it can be given to children.)
 
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