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Levalbuterol

Information

Uses

Levalbuterol is used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)

How it works

The Levalbuterol works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of the airways. This opens the airways and makes breathing easier.

Common side effects

Throat irritation, Respiratory tract inflammation, Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Respiratory tract infection, Cough

Available Medicine

No medicine available

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

Levalbuterol

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 13 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)