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Bricanyl Turbohaler, 0.5mg/dose, inhalation powder
Bricanyl® Turbohaler® 0.5 mg/dose
1. What Bricanyl Turbohaler is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Bricanyl Turbohaler
3. How to use Bricanyl Turbohaler
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Bricanyl Turbohaler
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Bricanyl Turbohaler is an inhaler. It contains a medicine called terbutaline. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘beta-agonists’. These work by relaxing certain muscles and opening up the airways in the lungs.
Bricanyl Turbohaler is used for asthma and other breathing problems where you have a tight chest and difficulty breathing.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Bricanyl Turbohaler if:
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Bricanyl Turbohaler.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. This includes medicines that you buy without a prescription and herbal medicines. Bricanyl can affect the way that some medicines work and some medicines can have an effect on Bricanyl.
In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines:
If you are to undergo surgery with general anaesthetics it is important that you inform your doctor about all medicines you use, including Bricanyl to protect you from adverse effects (e.g. irregular heart beat).
Bricanyl is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any machines.
Bricanyl Turbohaler contains lactose, which is a type of sugar. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine. The amount of lactose in this medicine does not normally cause problems in people who are lactose intolerant.
The lactose may contain small amounts of milk protein residues. In patients with hypersensitivity to milk proteins, these small amounts may cause allergic reactions.
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. If Bricanyl Turbohaler is to be used by a child, make sure that they use it correctly.
Bricanyl Turbohaler should be used as required rather than regularly.
Seek medical attention right away if your asthma symptoms (cough, breathlessness, wheezing or tight chest) are getting worse or if you are too breathless to speak, eat or sleep.
You must contact your doctor as soon as possible if you need higher doses of Bricanyl Turbohaler than usual to relieve your breathing problems. You may then need extra medication to control your asthma.
If you use Bricanyl Turbohaler more than twice a week to treat your asthma symptoms, this indicates poorly controlled asthma and may increase the risk of severe asthma attacks (worsening of asthma) that can have serious complications and may be life-threatening or even fatal. You should contact your doctor as soon as possible to review your asthma treatment.
If you use a medicine against inflammation of your lungs daily, e.g., “inhaled corticosteroid”, it is important to continue using it regularly, even if you feel better.
These are signs that your asthma is not being controlled. You may need a different or additional treatment straight away.
Before using your new Bricanyl Turbohaler for the first time, you need to prepare it for use as follows:
Every time you need to take an inhalation, follow the instructions below.
1. Unscrew the cover and lift it off. You may hear a rattling sound.
2. Hold your Turbohaler upright with the blue grip at the bottom.
3. Do not hold the mouthpiece when you load your Turbohaler. To load your Turbohaler with a dose, turn the blue grip as far as it will go in one direction. Then turn it as far as it will go in the other direction (it does not matter which way you turn it first). You should hear a click sound.
Your Turbohaler is now loaded and ready to use. Only load your Turbohaler when you need to use it.
4. Hold your Turbohaler away from your mouth. Breathe out gently (as far as is comfortable). Do not breathe out through your Turbohaler.
5. Place the mouthpiece gently between your teeth. Close your lips. Breathe in as deeply and as hard as you can through your mouth. Do not chew or bite on the mouthpiece.
6. Remove your Turbohaler from your mouth. Then breathe out gently. The amount of medicine that is inhaled is very small. This means you may not be able to taste it after inhalation. If you have followed the instructions, you can be confident that you have inhaled the dose and the medicine is now in your lungs.
7. If you are to take a second inhalation, repeat steps 2 to 6.
8. Replace the cover tightly after use.
9. Rinse your mouth out with water each time after taking your dose, if possible, to remove any medicine that remains in your mouth.
As with all inhalers, caregivers should ensure that children prescribed Bricanyl Turbuhaler use correct inhalation technique, as described above.
Do not try to remove the mouthpiece since it is fixed to your Turbohaler and must not be taken off. The mouthpiece can be rotated but do not twist it unnecessarily. Do not use your Turbohaler if it has been damaged or if the mouthpiece has come apart from your Turbohaler.
Wipe the outside of the mouthpiece once a week with a dry tissue. Do not use water or liquids.
The dose indicator tells you how many doses are left in the Turbohaler, starting with 120 doses when it is full.
If you use more Bricanyl Turbohaler than you should, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Very Common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
Do not be concerned by this list of side effects. You may not get any of them.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
The active substance is terbutaline sulfate.
One dose (inhalation) contains:
Bricanyl Turbohaler is a multi-dose, dry powder inhaler. Each inhaler contains 120 doses.
The Marketing Authorisation for Bricanyl Turbohaler is held by
Bricanyl Turbohaler is manufactured by
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This leaflet was last revised in December 2022.
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