A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
BRICANYL TURBUHALER is used to treat asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. BRICANYL TURBUHALER contains the medicine terbutaline. Terbutaline belongs to the class of drugs called bronchodilators. Bronchodilators relax the muscles in your airways. This helps to open your airways, making it easier for you to breathe. BRICANYL TURBUHALER relieves sudden symptoms such as wheezing, cough and shortness of breath.
Follow your doctor's directions carefully. Usual dose for Adults and children 6 years of age and older: • one inhalation as needed. • If needed, you may take a second dose. Wait five minutes for the first dose to take effect before taking the second dose. • If your symptoms persist after the second dose, consult your doctor or the nearest hospital right away. • You should not take more than six inhalations (3.0 mg) in a 24-hour period.
Do not use BRICANYL TURBUHALER: • if you are allergic to terbutaline sulfate; • if you are allergic to lactose; • if you have a heart problem called tachyarrhythmia (fast and/or irregular heartbeat); • to treat or prevent premature labour or miscarriage; • in children less than 6 years old. BEFORE you use BRICANYL TURBUHALER talk to your doctor or pharmacist: • about all health problems you have now or have had in the past, including: o heart problems such as irregular heart beat, chest pain; o high blood pressure; o diabetes; o thyroid problems; o a history of seizures; o low levels of potassium in the blood; • if you have ever had an allergic reaction to terbutaline or lactose, or to any other similar medicines; • if you are over 65 years old; • if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. o Pre-mature babies born to mothers who use BRICANYL TURBUHALER at the end of pregnancy may experience low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). The symptoms may include jitteriness, poor body tone, poor feeding. Note that the symptoms of hypoglycaemia may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your baby’s doctor for an opinion.
The most common side effects are nervousness and shakiness. These side effects disappear in most cases over the first few days of treatment. Side effects may include: • headache; • flushing, sweating, hives and rash; • occasional muscle cramps; • sleeplessness, drowsiness; • nervousness, restlessness, agitation, hyperactivity; • shakiness; • stomach upset, nausea, vomiting; • weakness, dizziness; • nausea and sweating. BRICANYL TURBUHALER may affect blood sugar levels. If you are diabetic you may need to check your blood glucose more frequently. Your doctor will advise you about this.