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Description

Bricanyl is an oral tablet made up of terbutaline (a bronchodilator) and is available in 2.5mg and 5mg doses. This medication is usually white in color and comes in a white and blue box.

Bricanyl is a medication used to symptoms of many different lung problems. These problems include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis and emphysema, all of which cause wheezing and shortness of breath. Often times, people with these conditions have a low quality of life as they tend to miss school or work frequently due to their condition.

Terbutaline (the active ingredient in Bricanyl) works by expanding breathing passages and allowing easier breathing. Keeping these conditions under control decreases the need to have to miss important duties (like work or school) and boosts quality of life.

Directions

Make sure to follow directions given to you by your doctor. Instructions can often be found on the prescription bottle as well. You are allowed to take this medication with food  or without and is usually taken 3 times a day. Dosages vary between each person depending on your medical condition and response to therapy. If you have asthma and take asthma medications, ask your doctor how to correctly take both medications.

Cautions

Tell your doctor about your medical history as well as all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Also be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have.

Speak to your doctor if the following occur to you:

  • You are pregnant and have had issues with your pregnancy.
  •  You are diabetic.
  •  You have a history of heart disease, irregular heart rhythm or angina.
  • You have an overactive thyroid gland.

Bricanyl should be used with caution when in the final term of pregnancy. This medication relaxes the womb.

This medication contains lactose.

Side Effects

Very common side effects:

  • Trembling or shaking.
  • Headache.

Common side effects:

  • Fast heart beats.
  • Pounding heart beats (palpitations).
  • Cramp or feeling tense.
  • Low levels of potassium in your blood which may cause muscle weakness, thirst, or ‘pins and needles’.
  • Unusual or irregular heartbeats.
  • Chest pain (due to heart problems such as angina).
  • Feeling sick (nausea).
  • Mouth and throat irritation.
  • Changes in sleeping patterns and changes in behaviour, such as feeling agitated, restless or “hyperactive”.

Contact your doctor right away if:

  • swollen face,
  • skin rash,
  • breathing problems,
  • low blood pressure (feeling faint), and
  • sudden wheezing soon after taking Bricanyl Tablets

FAQs

Is this medication safe for kids?

Yes. It is safe for children 7 and up.

 

What is the average dose for bronchospasm for an adult?

The average adult (14 and up) dose is 2.5mg 3-4 times daily.

 

What is the maximum I can take?

15mg per day is the maximum amount an adult can take.

 

How should I store this medication?

Out of reach of children and pets and below 25°c at all times.