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Levalbuterol Tartrate Medication
Quick airway opener: Xopenex (levalbuterol) is the brand name for an albuterol. Inhaling albuterol works quickly to open congested, partially closed airways in your chest like when you are having an asthma attack or emphysema flare. This provides quick relief. If you have frequent symptoms or episodes frequently, you may also need to use a different controller inhaler to help heal your airways and prevent attacks. ...Read more
No: Dulera is a combo LABA and steroid. Xopenex is a SABA ...Read more
Not much: Unlikely to cause much issue other than maybe a slight increase in heart rate. Call poison control. ...Read more
Yes: Yes it can. Both are bronchodilators, meaning they open up your airways so are often used for asthma or COPD. They work in different pathways though, which is why sometimes the physician will prescribe both. For instance, studies show that giving atrovent (ipratropium) and albuterol in the first 24 hours of an acute asthma attack in kids while in the ER speeds up recovery. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Which inhaler is a rescue inhaler, xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa or dulera? Already used xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa and did not get full relief
Temporary jitterines: For the most part, you may experience temporary jitteriness that usually lasts for 15-20 minutes after taking it. This is because the medication causes an increase in heart rate. You may want to consult your physician prior to taking this if you have any heart problems. This is the most common side effect. ...Read more
No.: Xopenx is a single medicine known as a short-acting-beta agonist (saba). There is no steroid. Its base medicine is albuterol. Most drugs have two forms-the active chemical and its mirror image (kind or like a right hand and left hand). Many drugs, only one of them works as the medicine. Xopenex (levalbuterol) is the "working form" of albuterol. Used to try and decrease side effects using active form of med. ...Read more
Have crushing feeling/little air. Took 2 puffs of xopenex (levalbuterol) 45 mcg inhaler. Am breathing better- but only 50%. Inhaler ex. In june. Can I try nebulizer?
Yes: Yes you can.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: It is not stronger but more selective for the receptors in the airways ...Read more
Report to your doc.: Hr increase is an expected side effect of xopenex (levalbuterol). It should not prevent you from taking the medication as prescribed. Note the rate and rhythm of your heart and report that info to your doc so they can see if further eval is necessary. ...Read more
Same chem'l structur: They are both bronchodilators and chemically the same structure. Xopenex (levalbuterol) has been called the son of albuterol and many physicians prefer it as it generally has les of the side effects associated with Albuterol ...Read more
Is it ok to take symbicort, xopenex (levalbuterol) and arrive my while doing an ovarian stimulation cycle and ivf?
Probably: Letyour doctor know what you're taking prior to the procedure. ...Read more
Why do doctors have a hard time prescribing me xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa (an asthma inhaler)? Some does not even know what it is.
Not sure...: Some insurance companies have this inhaler on formulary and others don't. If your doctor has not heard of this inhaler, he/she can look if up so it is not clear to me why they would not prescribe it. In some patients, it causes less of an increase in heart rate so it is sometimes better tolerated. Your doc could get more info from your pharmacist if needed as well. ...Read more
My 4 year old has a wet cough for months at times. Dr prescribed xopenex (levalbuterol) and budesonide. Could budesonide stunt his growth?
My 15 y/o daughter is on alvesco, omnaris, xopenex (levalbuterol) & claritan. Duo neb for flare ups. She still has frequent flare ups. What can I do to prevent it?
Discuss further: When you have recurrent "flare ups " one needs to consider multiple reasons for this. 1)right combination of medications 2) right diagnosis. 3) adherence to taking medications. 3) exposure to triggers. 4) correct technique of taking medications. 5) other causes for symptoms like heartburn you should discuss this further with your doctor. ...Read more
Is it ok to take qvar and xopenex (levalbuterol) for cough from pneumonia. Already on antibiotic (11yo)?
When I go to the free clinic, I request xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa but most doesn't know about it and prescribe me albuterol. Where can I get xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa w/o insuranc?
Yes: You can still use it & see if it relieves symptoms. ...Read more
My 5 month old baby is RSV + been to ER more than 5 times, is it ok to give her xopenex (levalbuterol) 0.63mg/3ml through nebulizer for wheezing & coughing?
Definitely but she: Needs to be monitored &managed by her pediatrician. Sounds like she is not under control. She may need steroids either orally 4 short course, 5 days or add Pulmicort to her regimen. Be aggressive initially &wean her off xopenex (levalbuterol) &eventually maintain her on Pulmicort twice daily till controlled & then once at night 4 a few months then re- evaluate. If ex-expremie, she may need synagis. Discuss w her md. ...Read more
Oximeter is giving a reading of 92 with a pulse of 103 for a 3 year old that has asthma while asleep after xopenex (levalbuterol). Is this normal? Is oxygen too low?
See below: A pulse ox of 92% indicates a moderate asthma attack. Pulse is normal. More importantly is wether or not your child is responding to treatment. Proper treatment can prevent the attack from becoming severe with a pulse ox <90%. You want to prevent that. CALL YOUR PEDIATRICIAN FOR ADVICE. If unable to reach he/she have your child evaluated in ER/EC ...Read more
Asthmatic 3 y/old has pulse in low 50's while asleep. Her normal is in the high 80's. She's on amoxicillin, prednisolone & xopenex (levalbuterol). Is pulse too low?
Mgt: It is fine if she otherwise looks well. I would suggest discussing with your pediatrician. If it persists an EKG may be obtained. ...Read more
13yr old son, croupy cough for three weeks also has mucous on amox/clav, prednisone, Bromfed dm, xopenex (levalbuterol) but no major improvemnet can this be pnemoni?
Unlikely: The fact that the cough is croupy indicates that the vocal cords are involved. However, given the lack of response to a multitude of treatments makes me wonder if the cough could be whooping cough. Obviously your son has seen a physician, but I would suggest the possibility of whooping cough. The diagnosis can be made by checking pertussis antibody titers. ...Read more
4 yr child taking xopenex (levalbuterol) and on day 29 of tobramycin due pseudomonas inf. Co sore throat, entire tongue cover in tiny white bumps. What could this be?
I'm on propranolol, synthroid, wellbutrin, Zoloft and vitamin d. If I have the flu with respitory distress would it be ok to take xopenex (levalbuterol) or albuterol?
Yes: But if you are having respiratory distress, you should be admitted to a hospital. ...Read more
More the most part y: Except for oral decongestants, most over the counter meds are safe. Avoiding caffeine containing products would also be prudent. Be wary of any over the counter weight loss products or energy drinks. ...Read more
Can switching medication, metropolol tartrate to succinate, cause dizziness and fatigue; if it does will it last for a couple of days?
It's dose dependent: The difference between the tartrate and succinate formulation is the half-life (how long the medicine is active in your blood stream). Milligram for milligram, they're equivalent: e.g. 50 mg of met tart 2x a day is the same as 100 mg of met succ once a day. If your overall dose is increased, you could experience fatigue and dizziness till you get used to the new dose. Be sure your BP isn't too low. ...Read more
I am on lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) 25mg bid for pvc. Still having the pvc and tiredness throughout the day while on the medication. BP 90/40 What could be occuring?
BP is low: U have 3things. BP is low. Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) short acting & for arrhytmias should be taken 3X a day. (Metop Succinate 1X or 2X a day does a better job). Second Metoprolol goes to brain & can effect UR feeling fatigued, Beta Block like Atenolol doesn't go to brain but has other problems. Can activate COPD & cause wheeze (COPD from asthma or smoking). I know not your HX. ...Read more