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Terbutaline Warning – Do Not Use for Treatment of Preterm Labor

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Terbutaline (Brethine, Bricanyl, and Bethaire) was put on the market to prevent and treat asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.  However, some healthcare providers have used it for “off-label” treatment.

Terbutaline has been used “off-label” as a fast acting treatment for preterm labor and has been linked to numerous side effects, including birth injuries.

Common birth injuries linked to of Terbutaline, include:

  • Brain damage
  • Developmental problems
  • Birth defects
  • Autism (particularly in twin pregnancies) 
  • Speech and movement defects

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Due to this “off-label” use and the dangers involved, the FDA is now requiring a Boxed Warning and Contraindications for this drug. The FDA has notified healthcare professionals that the injectable Terbutaline should not be used on pregnant woman for prevention of prolonged treatment of preterm labor. 

Learn more about Terbutaline