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Please describe the medication: xopenex (levalbuterol)?

Please describe the medication: xopenex (levalbuterol)?

Inhaled asthma med: That is sometimes used for other lung conditions also. It has fewer side effects than the medication it is very closely related to, albuterol. Read more about it on drugs.Com or a similar website. ...Read more

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What would happen if someone drank sepracor xopenex (levalbuterol)?

What would happen if someone drank sepracor xopenex (levalbuterol)?

Not much: Unlikely to cause much issue other than maybe a slight increase in heart rate. Call poison control. ...Read more

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Other name for xopenex (levalbuterol)

Levalbuterol: Xopenex (levalbuterol) is the brand name for Levalbuterol (generic name). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: xopenex (levalbuterol)?

What is the definition or description of: xopenex (levalbuterol)?

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

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What conditions require xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa inhalers?

What conditions require xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa inhalers?

Bronchodilator: Xopenex/levalbuterol is useful as bronchodilator. It opens lower airways in asthma and asthma-related conditions. ...Read more

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Can you overdose a 2 year old on xopenex (levalbuterol)?

Can you overdose a 2 year old on xopenex (levalbuterol)?

YES: Yes, you can.It can increase heartrate and blood pressure among other things, which may cause serious complications. Follow the doctors instructions regarding the xopenex (levalbuterol) and if your child is having continuing problems breathing, go to er asap. ...Read more

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Can u use xopenex (levalbuterol) and atrovent together?

Can u use xopenex (levalbuterol) and atrovent together?

Drug interactions.: No drug interactions were noted on Drugs.Com drug interaction checker – but that is not a guarantee that an interaction could not occur. (http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1382-814,1446-857) ...Read more

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Can xopenex (levalbuterol) and atrovent given at the same time?

Can xopenex (levalbuterol) and atrovent given at the same time?

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

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Im 18 years old and I have asthma. I might be overdosing on the xopenex (levalbuterol)?

Im 18 years old and I have asthma.  I might be overdosing on the xopenex (levalbuterol)?

More than 2x/ week: If you need your xopenex (levalbuterol) more than 2 times per week then your asthma is poorly controlled and you need a controller medication such as flovent, asmanex, or qvar. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What are side effects of xopenex (levalbuterol) inhalers for asthma?

What are side effects of  xopenex (levalbuterol) inhalers for asthma?

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

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Does the xopenex (levalbuterol) inhaler contain steroids?

Does the xopenex (levalbuterol) inhaler contain steroids?

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

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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?

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?

You need more: See your doctor now before your asthma gets worse. Xopenex (levalbuterol) and the likes should never be used as the only drug for chronic asthma and in fact may even make the problem worse. You will likely need an inhaled steroid. ...Read more

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What do you do if heart rate increases on xopenex (levalbuterol)?

What do you do if heart rate increases on xopenex (levalbuterol)?

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

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Doctors, what is the difference between xopenex (levalbuterol) and albuterol (nebulizer meds.)?

Doctors, what is the difference between xopenex (levalbuterol) and albuterol (nebulizer meds.)?

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

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Why do doctors have a hard time prescribing me xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa(an asthma inhaler)? Some does not even know what it is.

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

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Y do I ALWAYS lose my hearing when on/end of Zpack for sinus inf? Isn’t that supposed to help?? Or can xopenex inhaler cause it? Thanks

Y do I ALWAYS lose my hearing when on/end of Zpack for sinus inf? Isn’t that supposed to help?? Or can xopenex inhaler cause it? Thanks

Unusual: I am not aware of Zpack causing hearing loss and do not understand the mechanism for it either. Xopenex inhaler likewise does not cause hearing loss. Next time, ask the doctor for something other than Zpack for your infection and see if the hearing loss still occurs. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has a wet cough for months at times. Dr prescribed xopenex (levalbuterol) and budesonide. Could budesonide stunt his growth?

My 4 year old has a wet cough for months at times.  Dr prescribed xopenex (levalbuterol) and budesonide.  Could budesonide stunt his growth?

Unlikely: Inhaled steroids, as opposed to those taken by mouth (pills, syrups) or given through the blood, should not stunt growth at any but the very highest doses. So no, not a worry. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Should I take xopenex at first sign of wheezing or wait? I Wheeze after exercise and during allergies and cold. Sometimes it goes away on its own and i dont want to use too much.

Should I take xopenex at first sign of wheezing or wait? I Wheeze after exercise and during allergies and cold. Sometimes it goes away on its own and i dont want to use too much.

Mgt: I would suggest taking one or two puffs to control your symptoms. Typically, no more than 8 puffs in 24 hours is recommended.
Wheezing is a sign of asthma and I would recommend seeing your PCP for assessment and an action plan. An online consultation may also be booked online. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take xopenex (levalbuterol) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take xopenex (levalbuterol) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: If you are taking this drug, i assume you have asthma. It is very important to keep your asthma well-controlled while pregnant. You can take this drug to control your asthma while pregnant and breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take qvar and xopenex (levalbuterol) for cough from pneumonia. Already on antibiotic (11yo)?

Is it ok to take qvar and xopenex (levalbuterol) for cough from pneumonia.  Already on antibiotic (11yo)?

Yes: If you are an asthmatic taking both medications is a good idea while you have pneumonia. They should help with the cough and improve your bronchospasm and inflammation. Use your medications according to your asthma action plan written by your doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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