Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Respiratory

Brethine Alternatives

(terbutaline)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Respiratory
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These medications are comparable to Brethine (terbutaline) or used for similar purposes.

Brethine
(terbutaline)

Ventolin
(albuterol)

Makes it easier to breathe. Brethine (Terbutaline) is effective at preventing asthma attacks, but isn’t the first choice. It’s generally well-tolerated, but let your doctor know if you feel more lightheaded or have a rapid heartbeat while taking this medicine.Makes it easier to breathe. Ventolin (Albuterol) is good at stopping asthma attacks and helping you breathe.
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Reviews for Albuterol
73%
+27% better vs. Terbutaline
51%
+49% better vs. Terbutaline
7%
-93% worse vs. Terbutaline
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Side effects
TerbutalineAlbuterol
  • Nervousness 35%
  • Tremor 15%
  • Headache 8%
  • Drowsiness 6%
  • Heart pounding or racing sensation 5%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Abnormally fast heart beat 4%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Extrasystoles ventricular 2%
  • Dry mouth 2%
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  • Tremor 15%
  • Nausea 15%
  • Abnormally fast heart beat 10%
  • Heart pounding or racing sensation 10%
  • Nervousness 10%
  • Increased blood pressure 5%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Heartburn 5%
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How it works
TerbutalineAlbuterol
Brethine (Terbutaline) is a bronchodilator. It relaxes the muscles in your lungs to open airways and make breathing easier.Ventolin (Albuterol) is a bronchodilator. It relaxes the muscles that tighten your lungs during an asthma attack. This opens airways and makes breathing easier.
Type of medication
TerbutalineAlbuterol
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
TerbutalineAlbuterol
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Inhaler
Used for
TerbutalineAlbuterol
Risk factors for serious side effects
TerbutalineAlbuterol
    Detailed Brethine (terbutaline) risks & warnings »
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    Detailed Ventolin (albuterol) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Pain
    TerbutalineAlbuterol
    No pain related info.
    • Can cause heart racing, headache, and chest pain.
    Upsides and benefits
    TerbutalineAlbuterol
    • Brethine (Terbutaline) is effective at preventing and reversing constriction in the airways due to asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
    • Available in a generic form.
    • Good choice for asthma if you find it hard to use inhalers properly.
    • Stops asthma attacks.
    • Can also help prevent asthma attacks caused by exercise.
    • While there are technically no generic versions of Albuterol, there are many competing brands, which keeps prices pretty low.
    Downsides and risks
    TerbutalineAlbuterol
    • Only lasts about six hours.
    • Can raise your blood sugars. If you have diabetes, check your sugars regularly and let your doctor know if they’re higher than usual.
    • Takes about 30 to 45 minutes to start working, so it won’t help an asthma attack once it starts.
    • Can make your heart race temporarily.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    TerbutalineAlbuterol
    • Can cause nervousness, fast heartbeat, lightheadedness, and dry mouth.
    • If your asthma symptoms are getting worse, don’t take more tablets. Talk to your doctor about how to better control your asthma.
    • Take Brethine (Terbutaline) regularly to prevent asthma attacks. It doesn't work right away, so it won't control an asthma attack immediately.
    • Carry your rescue inhaler with you at all times to stop an asthma attack.
    • Wait at least one minute between sprays.
    • Wash the mouthpiece at least once a week.
    • Talk to your doctor if you're using this more than prescribed or expected.
    • Can cause heart racing, headache, and chest pain.
    • If you're having to use your rescue inhaler more than twice a week, you might need an additional medication to control your asthma better.
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