Generic Name: Levalbuterol Inhalation Aerosol (LEV al BUE ter ol)
Brand Name: Xopenex HFA
Medically reviewed on September 5, 2018
Uses of Levalbuterol Inhalation Aerosol:
- It is used to open the airways in lung diseases where spasm may cause breathing problems.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Levalbuterol Inhalation Aerosol?
- If you have an allergy to levalbuterol, albuterol, or any other part of levalbuterol inhalation aerosol.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are taking or will be taking another drug like this one.
- If you are taking inhaled epinephrine.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with levalbuterol inhalation aerosol.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take levalbuterol inhalation aerosol with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Levalbuterol Inhalation Aerosol?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take levalbuterol inhalation aerosol. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not run out of levalbuterol inhalation aerosol.
- Do not take more of levalbuterol inhalation aerosol or use it more often than you have been told. Deaths have happened when too much of levalbuterol inhalation aerosol was taken. Talk with your doctor.
- Call your doctor right away if your normal dose does not work well, if your signs get worse, or if you need to use levalbuterol inhalation aerosol more often than normal.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- If you are 65 or older, use levalbuterol inhalation aerosol with care. You could have more side effects.
- This medicine is not approved for use in children younger than 6 years of age. The chance of side effects may be raised in children younger than 6 years of age. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine is not approved for use in children younger than 4 years of age. The chance of side effects may be raised in children younger than 4 years of age. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using levalbuterol inhalation aerosol while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Levalbuterol Inhalation Aerosol) best taken?
Use levalbuterol inhalation aerosol as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- Keep out of your eyes.
- For breathing into the lungs.
- Shake well before use.
- Prepare puffer (inhaler) before first use or when puffer has not been used for 3 days. Spray 4 test sprays into the air.
- Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.
- A spacer may be used with the puffer (inhaler) for easy use.
- If using more than 1 type of puffer (inhaler), ask the doctor which puffer to use first.
- Have your puffer (inhaler) use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Make sure you use the puffer the right way.
- Follow how to clean carefully.
- This puffer (inhaler) has a dose counter to keep track of how many doses are left. Throw the inhaler away when the dose counter has a 0 in it.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- If you take levalbuterol inhalation aerosol on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Many times levalbuterol inhalation aerosol is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- Very bad headache.
- This medicine may sometimes cause very bad breathing problems. This may be life-threatening. When this happens with a puffer (inhaler) or with liquid for breathing in, most of the time it happens right after a dose and after the first use of a new canister or vial of levalbuterol inhalation aerosol. If you have trouble breathing, breathing that is worse, wheezing, or coughing, get medical help right away.
What are some other side effects of Levalbuterol Inhalation Aerosol?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Runny nose.
- Throwing up.
- Throat irritation.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Levalbuterol Inhalation Aerosol?
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Protect from light.
- Store with the mouthpiece down.
- Protect from heat or open flame. Do not puncture or burn even if it seems empty.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about levalbuterol inhalation aerosol, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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