This medication is a prodrug of terbutaline, prescribed for chronic bronchial asthma.
It relaxes airway muscles that results in easy breathing.
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food. Initially 10 mg at bedtime, increased if necessary to 20 mg once daily.
You may feel that your heart beats faster and more forcefully, resulting in a pounding sensation in your chest. If this happens, make sure you inform your doctor. Do not stop taking Bambuterol unless told to do so. - Other common side effects include nervousness, shaky hands, headache, nausea and dry mouth. - Less commonly, you may also have muscle cramps, difficulty urinating and problems falling asleep. If any of these problems persist or get worse, let your doctor know.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule. - DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances. - Remember to take your medicine regularly. Bambuterol must be taken exactly as directed for it to be effective. If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have severe liver disease. - Bambuterol is not recommended for use in children.
Inform your doctor if you have a history of or suffer from heart, kidney or thyroid disease. - Alert your doctor if your chest tightness seems worse or if Bambuterol does not seem to provide as much relief as before. - If you have diabetes, be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly because Bambuterol may cause your blood sugar to rise. - If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Bambuterol. - Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here: - other asthma medicines such as theophylline or prednisolone. - heart medicines such as metoprolol, atenolol or propranolol. - glaucoma eye drops such as timolol. - diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide or frusemide. - Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Avoid Alcohol - Try to limit your intake of caffeine-containing drinks such as coffee, tea and certain soft drinks. This is because caffeine can increase some of the side effects of Bambuterol.
Store it at room temperature (30°C).
Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Antiasthmatic & COPD Preparations
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