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Bricanyl Turbuhaler is an inhaler containing terbutaline (a bronchodilator) and is available in 0.5% doses.

Bricanyl Turbuhaler is a medication used for the treatment of symptoms from 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 a Bricanyl turbuhaler) works by expanding breathing passages to allow 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.

Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Directions can also be found on the prescription.

Only use the turbuhaler when you need it (when symptoms become present or if you feel they are going to become present).

Unscrew and remove the cover Check the dose counter Keep inhaler upright while twisting grip at the base: twist around and then back until a click is heard Breathe out gently, away from the inhaler Place mouthpiece between teeth (without biting) and close lips to form a good seal. (Ensure you do not cover the air vents) Breathe in deeply


Tell your doctor about 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.

Important allergies to tell your doctor consist of:

other medicines used to treat breathing problems terbutaline sulphate or lactose

Important diseases to tell your doctor consist of:

heart problems high blood pressure diabetes thyroid problems

Do not use this medication if you are pregnant. Only do so if your doctor has allowed it.

This medication does pass into breast milk but the amount is small enough to not cause harm.

Side Effects

Common Side Effects:

  • headache
  • tremor (shaky hands)
  • nervousness
  • rapid heartbeat or palpitations
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • bad taste in your mouth
  • sweating, muscle twitching or cramps
  • drowsiness or dizziness
  • agitation, restlessness, hyperactivity or disturbed sleep
  • skin rash

Speak to your doctor if:

  • fast or irregular heart beat
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing or worsening of your breathing problem


What are signs of an overdose on Bricanyl?

The most common signs of overdose include:

nausea headache rapid or irregular heartbeat muscle cramps nervousness, restlessness, trembling dizziness or unusual drowsiness.


How do I clean a turbuhaler?

Never use a wet or damp tissue on a turbuhaler, only use a dry issue to wipe it down when needed.


What is the best way to store this medication?

This turbuhaler should be kept below 30°C with the cover firmly in place (to avoid moisture damage) Do not store this medication anywhere near a sink (like a bathroom). Keep out of reach of young children and pets.


How long until I start feeling relief?

Relief should begin in the first 5 minutes and should last up to 7 hours.

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