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Levalbuterol Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Levalbuterol is also known as: Xopenex, Xopenex Concentrate, Xopenex HFA

Levalbuterol Pregnancy Warnings

No reports of abnormalities have been reported in women receiving levalbuterol anytime during pregnancy. Racemic albuterol has been given systemically to inhibit preterm labor. The fetus may experience the general adverse effects reported in the mother. Use of levalbuterol in pregnant women for the relief of bronchospasm may interfere with uterine contractility. Pulmonary edema has been associated with the intravenous use of racemic albuterol in pregnant women.

Levalbuterol has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Animal studies have demonstrated a teratogenic effect with racemic albuterol. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Levalbuterol is only recommended for use during pregnancy when there are no alternatives and benefit outweighs risk.

Levalbuterol Breastfeeding Warnings

There are no data on the excretion of levalbuterol into human milk. The manufacturer recommends that due to the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

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