Bricanyl(terbutaline) is a drug that enables breathing easily by widening the airways. It is used to treat symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness caused by respiratory diseases such as asthma, COPD, bronchitis and emphysema. The most common side effects are shivering and headaches. It is available on the market as tablet, syrup and dry-powder inhaler. As the use of each form and the dosages are different, it must be used under the supervision of a doctor.
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What is Bricanyl (terbutaline)?
Bricanyl is a medicine prescribed to ease breathing and prevent respiratory problems caused by respiratory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis and emphysema. Its active ingredient terbutaline is a bronchodilator that works by opening the respiratory tract. It is in a drug class called betaagonists. Bricanyl is available on the market in tablet, syrup and dry-powder inhaler forms. The tablet or syrup forms are ineffective in an acute asthma attack. Dry-powder inhaler is the effective form in such cases.
What is Bricanyl used for?
Bricanyl is used to prevent and treat wheezing, dyspnea and chest tightness caused by asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
In adults and children over 12 years old: The recommended dose is 1 inhalation (0.5 mg) when needed. If necessary, up to 3 inhalations (1.5 mg) can be administered at a time. The maximum dose that can be administered daily is 12 inhalations (6 mg).
For children between 3-12 years old: The recommended dose is 1 inhalation (0.5 mg) when needed. If necessary, up to 2 inhalations (1 mg) can be administered at a time. The maximum dose that can be administered daily is 8 inhalations (4 mg).
The medicine is usually effective within 5 minutes and its effect lasts up to 6 hours. It is effective even in an acute asthma attack.
Overdose of Bricanyl
If you take Bricanyl more than you should, you may experience symptoms such as headache, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, muscle spasm, changes in mood, tremors, dizziness and lightheadedness. In this case, call your doctor. In addition, guaifenesin in Bricanyl can cause kidney stones at high doses.
Bricanyl Drug Interactions
Combining Bricanyl with certain medicines may reduce the effect of the medicine. Therefore, inform your doctor about all prescription and over-the-counter medicines you take, including herbal supplements. Bricanyl should not be used with the following drugs:
Steroid drugs (prednisolone etc.),
Medicines used in gout treatment (theophylline, aminophylline etc.),
Diuretic medicines (may cause potassium deficiency)
General anesthetics (May cause arrhythmia. Tell your doctor that you are using Bricanyl before surgery)
Bricanyl and Alcohol Interactions
Alcohol may cause some side effects of Bricanyl to exacerbate. Consult your doctor if you are going to consume alcohol while taking the medicine.
Forms and Types of Bricanyl
Bricanyl Tablet: 5 mg
Bricanyl Expectorant Syrup: 1.5 mg / 5 ml + 66.5 mg / 5 ml
Bricanyl Turbohaler: 0.5 mg / dose
Who should not take Bricanyl?
Do not take Bricanyl if you are allergic to terbutaline, the active ingredient of the medicine, or to any inactive ingredients of the medicine.
In which situations is Bricanyl inconvenient?
You should take Bricanyl with caution if you have any of the following conditions. Be sure to inform your doctor so that s/he can make necessary dose adjustments:
Use of Bricanyl during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Use of Bricanyl during pregnancy may cause heart and lung problems in mother and baby. Therefore, it should not be taken during pregnancy. A safe method of contraception should be used during treatment.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you should inform your doctor before starting a treatment. If you become pregnant while taking the medicine, discontinue and consult your doctor immediately.
There is no known risk of Bricanyl use while breastfeeding. However, the ingredients in the medicine pass through milk. Therefore, you should inform your doctor before starting a treatment if you are breastfeeding.
Side Effects of Bricanyl
Serious side effects
The following side effects mean that you are allergic to an ingredient of Bricanyl. If you experience any of these side effects, call your doctor and apply to an emergency of the nearest hospital immediately:
Swelling in the face, tongue and throat
Difficulty in breathing
Very Common Side Effects
Common Side Effects
Faster heart rate or palpitations
Muscle weakness, thirst, or pins and needles feeling caused by low levels of potassium
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