Xopenex

(levalbuterol)

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

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Our bottom line

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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Quick facts about Xopenex
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (levalbuterol)

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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How it works

Xopenex (levalbuterol) is a strong short-acting bronchodilator like albuterol, but contains more active medicine per dose. It relaxes the muscles in your airways so that you can breathe easier.

Quick facts about Xopenex
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (levalbuterol)

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Dosage forms

  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
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What to expect when you take Xopenex (levalbuterol) for Asthma

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  • Possible side effects
  • Heart fluttering
  • Viral infection
  • Stuffy nose
  • Vomiting
  • Tremor
  • Increased cough
  • Sore throat
  • Nervousness
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Side effect rates for Xopenex (levalbuterol)

From 569 clinical trials of Xopenex when taken for asthma (90 mcg)
  • Vomiting
    11%11%
    6%6%
  • Asthma symptoms
    9%9%
    6%6%
  • Accidental injury
    9%9%
    6%6%
  • Sore throat
    8%8%
    2%2%
  • Stuffy nose
    7%7%
    3%3%
  • Dizziness
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Bronchitis
    3%3%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Xopenex.

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Risks and Warnings for Xopenex (levalbuterol)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • First use of a new vial

    Rarely, Xopenex (levalbuterol) can worsen your breathing and cause more wheezing. It could be life-threatening. If you notice worsening breathing, especially when you use first use a new vial, stop taking Xopenex (levalbuterol) and talk to your doctor right away.