NCLEX RN Practice Question # 655

Nclex Examination.

Practice question # 655.


Terbutaline is an agonist of beta-adrenergic receptors used for the prevention and resolution of bronchospasm in patients 12 years of age and older with asthma and reversible bronchospasm associated with bronchitis and emphysema.

Terbutaline was approved by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  in 1974.

Side effects

The most common side effects that can occur with terbutaline are:

  • Nausea,
  • Vomiting,
  • Weakness,
  • Nervousness
  • Tremor
  • A headache
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Flushed feeling,
  • Sweating,
  • Pain at the injection site,
  • Anxiety,
  • Shortness of breath,
  • Chest discomfort,
  • Shortness of breath,
  • Chest discomfort,
  • Dizziness,
  • Drowsiness,
  • Palpitations,

While Serious side effects  may include :

  • Hallucinations

Terbutaline during pregnancy

It should not be used to stop or prevent premature labor in pregnant women, especially in women who are not hospitalized. Terbutaline caused severe side effects, including death, in pregnant women who took the drug for this purpose. Terbutaline also caused serious side effects in newborns whose mothers took the drug to stop or prevent childbirth.

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