Terbutaline should not be used for more than 2-3 days when treating early labor. Using terbutaline for prevention or prolonged treatment (greater than 2-3 days) of early labor has risks to the mother that are greater than any possible benefits. Serious (sometimes fatal) side effects have rarely occurred in mothers using terbutaline during labor, such as chest pain, fast/irregular heartbeats, and trouble breathing. Tell your doctor right away should any of these side effects occur. If you are pregnant or become pregnant and are using terbutaline for another medical condition (such as asthma), talk to your doctor or pharmacist about whether terbutaline is still right for you.


Terbutaline is used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath from lung problems (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, bronchitis, emphysema). Terbutaline belongs to a class of drugs known as bronchodilators. It works by relaxing the muscles around the airways so that they open up and you can breathe more easily.

How to use Terbutaline SULFATE Vial

This medication is given by injection under the skin, usually in the shoulder/upper arm area as directed by your doctor.

Do not use more than 0.5 milligrams of this medication over a 4-hour period.

If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

If you take other asthma drugs by mouth or with inhaling devices, ask your doctor about how to correctly use this medication with your other asthma medicines.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

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