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Generic Name: Bricanyl Brand Name(s): Bricanyl.


What is Bricanyl® (terbutaline) used for?

Bricanyl® is used to treat or prevent bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing) in people with lung conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema.

Terbutaline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How should I take Bricanyl® (terbutaline)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Use terbutaline regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Your doctor may prescribe other medications to treat your condition. Use all medications as directed. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor’s advice.

To make sure this medication is not causing harmful effects on your lungs, you may need to have chest X rays or other frequent lung function tests.

Seek medical attention if you think your asthma medications are not working as well. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.

How do I store Bricanyl® (terbutaline)?

Bricanyl® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Bricanyl® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Bricanyl® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Bricanyl® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Bricanyl® (terbutaline)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Bricanyl® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Terbutaline is not safe to use in a pregnant woman to prevent premature labor.

Terbutaline should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Bricanyl® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Bricanyl®. Bricanyl® is pregnancy risk category B, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Bricanyl® (terbutaline)?

Common side effects may include:

  • Nervousness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Tired feeling
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Chest pain
  • Fast heart rate
  • Pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest
  • A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
  • Tremors
  • Worsening or no improvement in your symptoms

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Bricanyl® (terbutaline)?

Bricanyl® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Bricanyl® (terbutaline)?

Bricanyl® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Bricanyl® (terbutaline)?

Bricanyl® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Bricanyl® (terbutaline).

What is the dose of Bricanyl® (terbutaline) for an adult?


Initiate at 2.5 mg three/four times daily PO.

Maintenance: 5 mg three times daily PO q6hr while patient is awake; reduce dose to 2.5 mg q6hr.

Not to exceed 15 mg/Day.

Preterm Labor (Off-label)

Initiate at 2.5-5 mcg/min IV.

Increase gradually as tolerated at 20-30 minute intervals.

Typical effective dose ranges between 17.5-30 mcg/min IV; some require doses up to 70-80 mcg/min.

Continue infusion for 12 hr following cessation of uterine contractions; not to exceed 48-72 hr.

PO use or prolonged IV use not recommended.

What is the dose of Bricanyl® (terbutaline) for a child?


<12 years: 0.05 mg/kg three times daily initially; increase PRN, not to exceed 5 mg/day.

12-15 years: 2.5 mg PO q6hr 3 times daily; not to exceed 7.5 mg/day.

>15 years: 5 mg/dose PO q8hr three times daily; reduce dose to 2.5 mg q6hr; not to exceed 15 mg/24hr.

How is Bricanyl® (terbutaline) available?

Bricanyl® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Bricanyl® tablet 2.5mg, 5mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Bricanyl®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


Review Date: June 24, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019

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