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If you are experiencing breathing difficulties, coughing, and wheezing from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), your doctor may recommend a prescription for Bricanyl, a bronchodilator drug. When Bricanyl is taken daily as directed, your asthma attacks may be prevented for the most part. If you have a sudden asthma attack, you should always keep a rescue or fast-acting inhaler with you to regain normal airway function quickly. Knowing the triggers of your asthma attacks can be a very helpful way of avoiding as many of them as you can.
Bricanyl contains Terbutaline Sulphate, a beta agonist that interacts with beta-2 receptors on the surface of muscle cells in order to relax the smooth muscle cells in your bronchial tubes. This action allows your airways to dilate and improve air flow to restore normal breathing. There is no cure for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but there are treatments, such as Bricanyl that will allow you to carry on with your daily activities comfortably.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD, is a collective name for other breathing disorders. Emphysema is caused mainly by long-term smoking where you become progressively short of breath. Damage to the alveoli or air sacs in your lungs is permanent and irreversible. Your lungs begin to lose their elasticity and they are no longer able to transfer sufficient oxygen to your bloodstream so you experience shortness of breath.
Chronic bronchitis involves inflammation and eventual scarring that builds up in your bronchial tubes interfering with proper air flow to and from your lungs. After long-term irritation, thick mucus production increases and your cough becomes bothersome. The mucus in the lining of your bronchial tube is an open invitation for bacteria so infections may be inevitable.
You should provide your doctor with a complete medical history before using Bricanyl, especially if you have: heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or low blood potassium level. Ask your doctor if Bricanyl is safe to use if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding.
Inform your doctor if you are using or taking other Rx medicine or non-prescription drugs for asthma or COPD before you start Bricanyl. This medication should not be taken with beta-blocker drugs. Make sure that your doctor is aware of all medications you are taking; including herbal remedies and vitamin supplements to be sure you will not experience any negative interactions. All medications should be stored where children cannot access them.
Advise your doctor right away if you experience any of the following serious side effects while taking Bricanyl: chest pain, irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps or weakness.