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Levalbuterol is used to prevent or relieve the wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness associated with lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD - a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways).

How it works

Levalbuterol belongs to a class of drugs called adrenergic bronchodilators. Levalbuterol works by relaxing the muscles in the airways and increasing air flow to the lungs thereby making breathing easier.

Common side effects

Chest pain, Dizziness, Facial swelling, Headache, Hoarseness of voice, Muscle pain, Rash, Uncoordinated body movements


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Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if you have or have had high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, any other type of heart disease, fits, diabetes, hyperthyroidism (condition in which there is excessive  thyroid hormone in the body), or kidney disease.
  • Seek immediate medical attention in case of wheezing and difficulty breathing soon after inhalation of levalbuterol.
  • Do not use levalbuterol too frequently and for more than the recommended dose as this may cause severe heart problems and other complications.
  • Do not drive or use any machinery after taking levalbuterol as it may cause dizziness.
  • It is normal to have dry mouth and unpleasant taste in mouth after using levalbuterol.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to levalbuterol or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if using another short-acting sympathomimetic bronchodilator (eg, pirbuterol) or inhaled epinephrine.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is levalbuterol the same as Xopenex?
Xopenex is the trade name of levalbuterol.

Q. Is levalbuterol a LABA (Long-acting beta-adrenoceptor agonist)?
No, levalbuterol is not a LABA, It is a short-acting bronchodilator.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)