What is Terbutaline Sulfate?
Terbutaline Sulfate is a medication that relaxes the airways and makes breathing easier.
Who is it for?
Terbutaline Sulfate is for dogs and cats.
What are the benefits?
||Assists breathing in specific airway diseases
||Treats asthma, tracheobronchitis, collapsing trachea, allergic bronchitis, and certain lung conditions
||Is also given for treatment of an abnormally slow heart rate
Terbutaline Sulfate relaxes the airways and makes breathing easier. The major use of Terbutaline in pets is in the treatment of bronchial disease such as asthma, tracheobronchitis, collapsing trachea, allergic bronchitis, and certain lung conditions (e.g., pulmonary edema). It may also be used in the treatment of bradycardia, which is an abnormally slow heart rate.
How does Terbutaline Sulfate work?
Terbutaline Sulfate relaxes the muscles in the bronchi, which causes them to dilate (have a larger opening). This improves airflow and breathing.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
Terbutaline Sulfate is the generic form of the brand names Brethine or Bricanyl.
How is it given?
This medication is given orally. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
What results can I expect?
The peak effect of oral Terbutaline is usually seen in 2-3 hours, and the effect usually lasts about 8 hours. Terbutaline is not a cure for a disease, but helps to control the symptoms.
What form(s) does it come in?
This medication is available in tablet form.
Brethine or Bricanyl
Brethine or Bricanyl
Common Drug Name
What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Terbutaline Sulfate?
Discuss how long the treatment period will be and what type of outcome is expected. You and your veterinarian should talk about any other treatment options that are recommended for your pet.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has diabetes, hyperthyroidism, heart disease, a history of seizures, may be pregnant or is nursing, or if you intend to breed your pet.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking, or if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
What is the most important information I should know?
Since oral Terbutaline takes several hours to have an effect, it should not be used in an emergency situation in which a pet is having extreme difficulty breathing; instead, seek emergency veterinary care immediately.
Who should not take it?
Not for use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to Terbutaline.
Use with caution in animals with diabetes, hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland), high blood pressure, a history of seizures, or low levels of potassium in the blood. Use with extreme caution in animals with heart disease.
This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
What side effects may be seen when taking Terbutaline Sulfate?
Terbutaline may cause increased heart rate, tremors, nervousness, and dizziness. These effects usually disappear after a short time. If they are severe, persistent, or your pet's condition worsens, contact your veterinarian immediately.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
How is it stored?
Store tablets at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
If an overdose occurs, you may see seizures, dilated pupils, fever, vomiting, weakness, collapse, or rapid and irregular heart rates. If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, or if you observe any of these signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Terbutaline Sulfate?
Consult your veterinarian before using Terbutaline with any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, antidepressants, or beta-blockers (certain heart medications such as propranolol),
since interactions may occur. Digitalis, digoxin, or inhaled anesthetics may increase the risk of abnormal heart rhythms in animals taking Terbutaline.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the Patient Information Sheet on this medication.