Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions asked about Bricanyl Injection. It does
not contain all the information that is known about Bricanyl Injection.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
Bricanyl Injection against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What Bricanyl Injection is used for
Bricanyl Injection contains terbutaline sulfate. Terbutaline is a bronchodilator
and belongs to a group of medicines called beta-2-agonists.
Bricanyl Injection is used to open up the airways in people with asthma, bronchitis
and other breathing problems so that they can breathe more easily. It can also be
used before exercise to keep the airways open if you start to wheeze or have trouble
breathing each time you exert yourself.
Bricanyl Injection is usually only given in hospital in cases of severe breathing
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Bricanyl Injection has been prescribed
Your doctor may prescribe it for another reason.
Bricanyl Injection is not addictive.
Bricanyl Injection is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you use Bricanyl Injection
When you must not use it
Do not use Bricanyl Injection if you have an allergy to:
any medicine containing terbutaline
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
rash, itching or hives on the skin
shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
Do not use Bricanyl Injection after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack or if
the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start using this medicine, talk to your doctor
Before you start to use it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives
Tell your doctor if you have any of following medical conditions:
hypertension (high blood pressure)
It may not be safe for you to take Bricanyl Injection if you have any of these conditions.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Your doctor will advise you of the risks and benefits of using Bricanyl Injection
during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you are
given Bricanyl Injection.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using any other medicines, including any
that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food
Some medicines and Bricanyl Injection may interfere with each other.
medicines used to treat heart problems or high blood pressure
medicines for glaucoma, including eye drops
medicines to treat asthma, bronchitis or breathing problems
some types of anaesthetics
injectable corticosteroids (medicines such as dexamethasone or methylprednisolone,
which reduce the activity of your immune system)
These medicines may be affected by Bricanyl Injection, or may affect how well it works.
You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to use a different
medicine. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you.
Your doctor and pharmacist may have more information on medicines to be careful with
or avoid while using Bricanyl Injection.
How Bricanyl Injection is given
How much to take
Your doctor or a specially trained nurse will give you the injection. It will be
given just under the skin, and repeated when needed, up to every 6 hours.
If you forget to use it
Bricanyl injection will be given to you when required so you will not 'miss' a dose.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (131 126), or
go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone
else may have taken too much Bricanyl Injection. Do this even if there are no signs
of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too much Bricanyl Injection you may experience shaky hands (tremor), headaches,
feel sick (nausea), anxious, tense, restless, excited and be unable to sleep, muscle
twitching or cramps, or fast or irregular heartbeats.
While you are using Bricanyl Injection
Things you must do
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you have an Asthma Action Plan that you have agreed with your doctor, follow it
closely at all times.
See your doctor regularly to ensure that your asthma is not getting worse.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are
using Bricanyl Injection.
If you are about to be started on a new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that
you are using Bricanyl Injection.
If you become pregnant while using Bricanyl Injection, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Things you must not do
Do not use Bricanyl Injection to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells
Do not give Bricanyl Injection to anyone else, even if they have the same condition
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you
are using Bricanyl Injection.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time
they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
tremor (shaky hands)
increased heart rate or palpitations
nausea (feeling sick), vomiting or diarrhoea
a bad taste in your mouth
sweating, muscle twitching or cramps
drowsiness or dizziness
agitation, restlessness, hyperactivity, or disturbed sleep
These side effects are usually mild.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately if you notice any of the following:
fast or irregular heart beat
difficulty breathing or worsening of your breathing problem
These may be serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious
side effects are rare.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
After using Bricanyl Injection
Keep Bricanyl Injection protected from light in a cool dry place where the temperature
stays below 25°C.
Do not store Bricanyl or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it in the car on hot days or on window sills.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where young children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place
to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop using Bricanyl Injection, or it has passed its expiry
date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any Bricanyl Injection you have left over.
Bricanyl Injection contains 0.5 mg/mL of terbutaline sulfate and the following inactive
hydrochloric acid (for pH adjustment)
water for Injections
Bricanyl injection is available in 1 mL ampoules in boxes of 5.
AstraZeneca Pty Ltd
ABN 54 009 682 311
66 Talavera Road
Macquarie Park, NSW, 2113
Telephone: 1800 805 342
This leaflet was prepared 3 August 2017
Australian Registration Number:
AUST R 12068
Bricanyl is a registered trade mark of the AstraZeneca group of companies.
© AstraZeneca, 2017
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