What Is Terbutaline Used For?

Many people wonder, "What is terbutaline used for?" Terbutaline is used for treating emphysema and asthma in both adults and children. The medication has been approved for the treatment of childhood asthma in children ages 12 and older. Terbutaline is also occasionally used "off-label" for treating preterm labor.

What Is Terbutaline Used For? -- An Overview

Terbutaline sulfate (Brethine®) is a prescription medication used to treat asthma and emphysema.
 
Terbutaline for Asthma
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, which are the tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed (swollen). The inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating (see Asthma Triggers). When the airways react, they narrow and less air flows to your lungs. This is called bronchospasm. It causes asthma symptoms like wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), coughing, tightness in the chest, and trouble breathing.
 
While there is no asthma cure, asthma can be controlled. There are many different asthma treatments, including fast-acting "rescue medications" for treating an asthma attack and longer-acting "controller medications" used to prevent asthma attacks. Because it does not work rapidly, terbutaline is a controller medication, used to help prevent asthma attacks (but not to treat an attack). Everyone who takes terbutaline for asthma should also have a rescue medication (such as an albuterol inhaler) available for emergencies.
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