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Xopenex is an inhaled medication used to treat respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It contains a combination of levalbuterol, which is a bronchodilator, and other inactive ingredients. Levalbuterol is a short-acting bronchodilator. Levalbuterol works by relaxing the muscles in the airways, which helps to open them up and improve breathing.
Levalbuterol can be used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people with asthma or other conditions that cause narrowing of the airways.
Uses and Dosage
Xopenex comes in a form of inhalation form via a nebulizer inhaler. The dosage and frequency of use should be determined by a doctor or pharmacist based on individual needs. The dosage and duration of treatment will depend on several factors, such as the age and weight of the patient, the severity of the condition, and other medical conditions. Follow the dosage and administration instructions provided by your healthcare provider or as indicated on the prescription label.
The recommended dosage of Xopenex for adults and children 4 years of age and older is typically 2 inhalations repeated every 4-6 hours as needed.
Common Side Effects of Xopenex (Levalbuterol Hydrochloride):
- Chest pain or tightness
- Irregular heartbeats
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
Serious Side Effects of Xopenex (Levalbuterol Hydrochloride):
- Extreme thirst
- Fluttering in your chest
- Increased urination
- Irregular heartbeats
- Leg cramps
- Limp feeling
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness or tingling
- Other breathing problems
- Pounding heartbeats
- Worsening asthma symptoms
Form and Strength
Xopenex (Levalbuterol Hydrochloride) is available in the following forms and strength:
Levalbuterol Hydrochloride: Nebules
- Xopenex can potentially interact with other medicines, especially beta-blockers and certain heart medicines. Consult with a healthcare provider before using Xopenex in combination with other medications.
- Xopenex, like all sympathomimetic amines, should be used with caution in patients with cardiovascular disorders (as it may cause increased blood pressure and heart rate).
- Xopenex should be used with caution in patients with convulsive disorders, hyperthyroidism, or diabetes mellitus.
- Patients who are allergic to levalbuterol or any of its components should not use Xopenex.
- Xopenex may interact with other medications, such as beta-blockers or digoxin. Patients should inform their healthcare provider about all medications they are taking before using Xopenex.
- Xopenex should be used with caution in patients with a history of seizures or epilepsy, as it may increase the risk of seizures.
- Xopenex may cause paradoxical bronchospasm, which can be life-threatening in some cases. Patients should seek immediate medical attention if they have trouble breathing or wheezing after using Xopenex.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can levalbuterol be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Talk to your healthcare provider before using levalbuterol if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. They can help you weigh the benefits and risks of using this medication.
Can Xopenex be used to treat COPD?
Xopenex is not indicated for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) but may be used "off-label" by your healthcare provider.
Is Xopenex a steroid?
No, Xopenex is not a steroid. It is a short-acting beta2-agonist bronchodilator.
Can Xopenex be used by children?
Yes, Xopenex can be used by children as young as 6 years old. However, the dosage and frequency of use should be determined by a doctor or pharmacist based on individual needs.
It's important to purchase Xopenex from verified Canadian pharmacy.