Compare Xopenex vs. Theophylline

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Makes it easier to breathe if you have asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema.

Xopenex (levalbuterol) inhaler is very effective at relieving acute asthma attakcs in more moderate to severe airway conditions, but is more expensive.

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Upsides
  • Xopenex (levalbuterol) works within minutes to help you breathe easier when you have breathing difficulty or an attack, especially in more severe conditions.
  • The inhaler can be used in children as young as 4 years old while the nebulizer solution can be used in children 6 years and older.
  • Xopenex (levalbuterol) may have less side effects such as rapid heartbeat than albuterol.
  • It is available as a generic.
  • The nebulizer solution is a good option for children and adults who have difficulty using a handheld inhaler.
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Downsides
  • Xopenex (levalbuterol) is only relieves immediate symptoms and doesn't work to prevent future attacks, unlike maintenance medicines.
  • May not be the best option if you have a history of seizures, heart problems, thyroid problems or diabetes.
  • Xopenex (levalbuterol) is similar to albuterol, but it can be more expensive, especially the nebulizer solution.
  • Children might find the inhaler and nebulizer difficult to use. Parents or adults may need to help children use this medicine.
  • Unlike albuterol, Xopenex (levalbuterol) nebulizer solution cannot be mixed with other nebulized medicines.
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Used for
  • Asthma Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Exercise-induced asthma; Prophylaxis Nocturnal asthma
  • Apnea in the newborn; Adjunct Nocturnal asthma
Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Price
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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Vomiting
    11%
  • Asthma symptoms
    9%
  • Accidental injury
    9%
  • Sore throat
    8%
  • Stuffy nose
    7%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Bronchitis
    3%
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The Theo-24 (Theophylline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Sudden lung spasms
    • First use of a new vial
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • High blood pressure
  • Increased side effects
  • Worsening of asthma
  • Allergic reactions
  • Low potassium levels
    • Medicines that lower potassium levels
    • Taking certain diuretics
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