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Bambuterol (Bambec) Drug for Asthma: Use, Side Effects, Interactions




Bambuterol
(Bambec, United States)

More drugs used for Asthma.

Use:

Bambuterol or Bambec is used in the control of breathing problems such as asthma, and especially nocturnal asthma.

How It Works:

Bambuterol or Bambec is the pro drug of the beta agonist terbutaline. This means that once Bambuterol or Bambec is in the body it is changed to terbutaline. The drug then acts directly on the alveoli in the lungs to open them up and make breathing easier. It is relatively long acting - 24 hours, thus can be used to prevent asthma symptoms occurring during the night and improve sleep quality.

Side Effects:

Bambuterol or Bambec side effects are most often mild - headache, nausea, fatigue, palpitations, dizziness, and tremor, however there are reports of having to stop taking the drug where dizziness was marked. The frequency of side effects usually diminishes with time.

Cautions for People:

Because Bambuterol or Bambec is an oral tablet, people who cannot use inhalers may find it useful. People who have cardiovascular conditions should use Bambuterol or Bambec carefully.

Drug Interactions:

Bambuterol or Bambec is usually used in combination with other drugs for more complete control of a breathing problem.

Further Reading:

Eur J Clin Pharmacol 1995;48(1):23
Eur J Clin Pharmacol 1993;45(2):147
Chest 1995;107(2):406
Respir Med 1993;87(8):581

Added to Virtual Drugstore April 1997.

The relevant product monographs must be regarded as the appropriate sources of prescribing information.













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