Bricanyl

Bricanyl turbohaler contains the active ingredient terbutaline, which is a type of medicine known as a short-acting beta 2 agonist. Terbutaline is used to open the airways and make breathing easier in people with breathing problems including asthma.

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Like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using Bricanyl.

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What is Bricanyl 

Bricanyl turbohaler is a reliever inhaler, it contains the active ingredient terbutaline. Terbutaline works by acting on receptors in the lungs called beta 2 receptors. When terbutaline stimulates these receptors it causes the muscles in the airways to relax. This allows the airways to open.

In conditions where there is narrowing of the airways, such as asthma, it is difficult for air to get in and out of the lungs. By opening the airways, terbutaline makes it easier to breathe.

Bricanyl Turbohalers are a prescription only medicine, like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using it.

Private Doc offers a confidential free consultation service that may result in you receiving a prescription for Bricanyl Turbohalers if it is deemed appropriate and can prescribed safely.

Complete a 100% free and secure consultation to explore your treatment options.

Who can use Bricanyl

Private Doc will prescribe Bricanyl inhalers where they are suitable. People qualify for Bricanyl if:

  • They have been using Bricanyl inhalers for the last year.
  • They have had no problems with Bricanyl inhalers in the last year.

They have had a face-to-face check-up with an Asthma Nurse or Doctor in the last year.

How to take Bricanyl

Inhaling Terbutaline allows it to act directly in the lungs where it is needed most. It also reduces the potential for side effects occurring in other parts of the body, as the amount absorbed into the blood through the lungs is lower than if it is taken by mouth.

Bricanyl turbohalers are known as 'relievers'. This is because when terbutaline is breathed into the lungs it works very quickly to relieve asthma attacks, wheezing, coughing, chest tightness or shortness of breath. Bricanyl turbohalers can also be used shortly before exercising or exposure to allergens, things that trigger wheezing, such as pet fur or pollen, to open the airways and prevent wheezing.

You should follow the instructions given by your doctor regarding when to use your Bricanyl turbohaler and how many inhalations you can use each day. Don't exceed the prescribed dose.

It is very important to learn how to use your inhaler correctly, as otherwise you won't be breathing the right dose of medicine into your lungs. Instructions will be provided with your inhaler. However, your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can also show you how to use your inhaler and can check that you are using it correctly. 

  • Bricanyl turbohaler is a dry powder inhaler. It contains the medicine in powder form ready for you to breathe in. To take a dose you first need to prepare a dose inside the inhaler. To do this, turn the blue grip at the base of the turbohaler as far as it will go in one direction. Then turn it as far as it will go in the other direction, it doesn't matter which way you turn it first. You should hear a click sound; the turbohaler is now loaded and ready to use. You then breathe out fully, put the mouthpiece to your lips and breathe in steadily and deeply through your mouth. More detailed instructions are provided with the turbohaler.
  • You should rinse your mouth out with water after taking each dose of Bricanyl turbohaler. This is because some of the medicine may stick to the inside of your mouth and throat with each inhalation. Rinsing it away reduces unecessary absorption of the medicine into the bloodstream and so reduces the chance of side effects.

Possible side effects

  • Do not exceed the dose of Terbutaline that your doctor has prescribed you to use.
  • If your inhaler doesn't relieve wheezing or chest tightness as well as usual, or for as long as usual, at least three hours, or you need to use it more often than usual, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible. It may be that your asthma is getting worse and your doctor might need to give you another medicine.
  • Inhalers may cause an unexpected increase in wheezing , paradoxical bronchospasm, straight after using them. If this happens, stop using the inhaler immediately and consult your doctor. The medicine should be stopped and an alternative treatment found.
  • People with severe asthma should have regular blood tests to monitor the amount of potassium in their blood. This is because low oxygen levels in the blood, hypoxia, and various asthma medicines, including this one, can lower blood potassium levels.

Bricanyl should be used with caution in:

  • Heart Disease
  • Irregular Heart Beat
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Over Active Thyroid
  • Diabetes

Bricanyl should not be used in

  • People with known sensitivity or allergy to any ingredient.

This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.

If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.

  • It is important that asthma is well controlled in pregnant women because severe asthma attacks can be dangerous to the pregnancy. Wherever possible, asthma medications should be taken by inhaler, as this minimises the amount of medicine that enters the bloodstream and crosses the placenta. Bricanyl turbohaler can be taken as usual during pregnancy. For further medical advice talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Terbutaline passes into breast milk, but in such small amounts that it is unlikely to harm the baby. In general, terbutaline tablets, syrup and inhalers can be used as normal during breastfeeding. Seek further medical advice from your doctor.

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