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Bricanyl

Bricanyl is a bronchodilator medication containing terbutaline; part of the beta-agonist family of medicines.


It is used for the treatment of conditions that cause breathing difficulties, such as asthma, COPD, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. The medicine works by opening up the airways during times when it gets difficult to breathe, and it helps to relieve symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and chest tightness.


Bricanyl comes in four different forms, three of which are available to patients to administer themselves when needed.



Last Patient Information Leaflet Review: 16/01/2020



See Bricanyl Patient Information Leaflet



This medicine isn't available to request via our online service. The only treatments that we can prescribe for asthma are Ventolin , Salbutamol , Salbutamol Easi Breathe Inhaler , and Airomir . If you are still having trouble with your symptoms please visit the NHS website for services in your area.

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  1. Take ONE inhalation of Bricanyl as soon as you experience symptoms of an asthma attack
  2. Sit down and breathe slowly and steadily
  3. If you don't feel an improvement, take ONE puff of Bricanyl every two minutes. You may do this up to FIVE times.
  4. If you still don't feel better or are panicking, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.
  5. If the ambulance doesn't arrive within 10 minutes, repeat step 3.
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  • You have an allergy to terbutaline
  • You've used this treatment in the past and suffered with serious side effects
  • You're already using a treatment that contains terbutaline to treat a condition other than asthma
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What is Bricanyl?

Bricanyl is a medication used to treat conditions which can cause breathing difficulties due to a narrowing of the airways. Such conditions include:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • The active ingredient in Bricanyl is terbutaline, a bronchodilator that helps people to breathe when they’re finding it difficult.

    How does Bricanyl work?

    Bricanyl is a beta-agonist. When taken, it helps to relax the muscles in the airways, expanding them and making it easier to breathe. It relieves symptoms such as chest tightness and wheezing.

    When a person is experiencing an asthma attack, their airways are temporarily narrowed, meaning that they often experience symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Using bricanyl allows the airways to relax again and open up, letting a person breathe more easily and ultimately ending an asthma attack.

    What forms of Bricanyl are available?

    Bricanyl is available in 4 different forms, 3 of which are able to be administered by yourself. The different options are as follows:

    • Turbohaler
    • Respules
    • Tablets
    • Injection

    A bricanyl injection can only be given by a healthcare professional such as a doctor, but the turbohaler, respules and tablets can be administered by yourself as and when you need.

    How do I take bricanyl?

    The way you take the medicine depends on which form you’ve got, as there are different dosages and instructions for each one. We’ll outline the basic instructions for each one.

    No matter which form you take, if your symptoms don’t improve or you feel like you need to use more than the stated dose, please inform your doctor as your condition may be worsening and need different treatment.

    Turbohaler:

    If you’re using the turbohaler, each inhalation is equal to 0.5mg of terbutaline, and the effects of each dose should last for around 6 hours. You shouldn’t take more than 4 inhalations in any 24 hour period.

    The turbohaler contains a powder form of bricanyl that’s directly inhaled through the mouth. We’ll outline the basic instructions below, but always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your inhaler for full and detailed instructions.

    • 1.Load the turbohaler without touching the mouthpiece. You should hear a click
    • 2.Breathe out
    • 3.Place the mouthpiece between your lips and breathe in sharply, as deep as you can.

    Due to the very small amount of medicine you’ll have just inhaled, you might not be able to taste it like with some traditional asthma inhalers. However, if you followed the instructions in the patient information leaflet correctly, you will have inhaled a full dose of terbutaline. Don’t take another dose unless you need it, or if your symptoms don’t improve.

    You should regularly clean the mouthpiece with a dry tissue to avoid bacteria spreading. Never submerge the mouthpiece or inhaler in water, or use any water to clean it as this might affect the powder inside.

    Respules:

    Bricanyl respules are small containers of liquid that need to be put into a nebuliser before use. They’re made into a fine mist for inhalation via a face mask or mouthpiece. The same applies with the respules as the turbohaler – always read the patient information leaflet before use to make sure you know how to administer the medication properly. Brief instructions are as follows:

    • 1.Break off a respule
    • 2.Twist the top off the respule
    • 3.Put the open end inside the nebuliser and carefully squeeze the liquid into the cup
    • 4.Put the top back on the nebuliser cup
    • 5.Connect the top of the cup to the inhalation device (mouthpiece or face mask)
    • 6.Connect the bottom of the cup to the air pump
    • 7.Turn it on and breathe in slowly and deeply. You’ll know when you’ve finished your dose as fine mist will stop coming from the mouthpiece or face mask.

    You’re able to take 1-2 respules 2-4 times a day. Don’t use any more than the stated dose.

    Tablets:

    Tablets are intended for regular treatment of breathing disorders such as asthma or chronic bronchitis. These are taken every day with a glass of water, with or without food. Your starting dose will most likely be half a tablet three times a day, which is usually increased to a whole tablet after 1-2 weeks of treatment.

    Injection:

    This is only ever administered by a healthcare professional.

    What are the side effects of Bricanyl?

    Some people don’t experience nay side effects at all when using Bricanyl, but as it’s a medication, there is a risk that you might experience some of the following symptoms as a result of using it:

    • Trembling/shaking
    • Headache
    • Palpitations
    • Cramping
    • Low levels of potassium
    • Muscle weakness
    • Thirst
    • Pins and needles
    • Arrhythmia
    • Chest pain
    • Nausea

    There’s also a chance you might experience an allergic reaction or sudden wheezing after taking the medication. In either of these circumstances, please stop taking Bricanyl and seek urgent medical attention.

    Can I take Bricanyl with other medicines?

    Most medicines are safe to take alongside terbutaline, but there are some where you’ll need to take extra caution and ask the advice of your regular GP. These include medicines such as:

    • Steroids
    • Xanthines
    • Beta-blockers
    • Diuretics
    • Halogenated anaesthetics (usually used during procedures or operations. Please tell your doctor if you’re using Bricanyl and due to have a procedure in hospital).
    • Any other beta-agonists.

    Whilst some of these medications may react with Bricanyl, you may still be able to take it under the observation of a doctor. Alternatively, there might be other medications you can take to relieve your symptoms.

    Can I take Bricanyl?

    Most people are able to take terbutaline for breathing difficulties, but there are some groups of people that should have a conversation with their doctor before starting the treatment. These include people who:

    • Are using other medicines for breathing problems
    • Are allergic to any other asthma medicines
    • Have heart problems
    • Heave high blood pressure
    • Have diabetes
    • Have thyroid problems (underactive or overactive)
    • Are pregnant

    Studies have shown that there are minimal risks to a breastfeeding mother using Bricanyl, but if you have concerns, please speak to your GP for advice.

    Buy Bricanyl

    Unfortunately, you aren’t able to buy Bricanyl from Doctor4U, as we believe that this type of medication needs physical monitoring from a GP - something that online prescribing services aren’t able to provide.

    Because of this, if you’re looking to buy Bricanyl, we advise you to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss obtaining a prescription.

Dosage Instructions
ONE inhalation as required. No more than FOUR inhalations in any 24 hour period.
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