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Description

Xopenex is an inhaler containing a bronchodilator called levalbuterol. We carry the generic alternative to Xopenex in 50mcg/dose!

The levalbuterol inhaler is used to prevent and treat symptoms of shortness of breath and wheezing caused by conditions that affect breathing, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This medication is short-acting, which means it is a quick relief method for an acute asthma attack or an acute exacerbation.  During these “episodes”, the airways become inflamed and swollen due to the muscles around the airway contracting and extra mucus production resulting in narrow bronchial tubes.

Xopenex (levalbuterol) is effective at treating wheezing and shortness of breath in asthma and COPD patients because this bronchodilator is able to relax the muscles in the airway to allow easier breathing and reduced symptoms.

Directions

Always follow directions given to you by your doctor; instructions can usually also be found on the prescription or prescription bottle/container.

If it is a child using this medication; ensure the child is being supervised throughout the duration of treatment.

Before using this inhaler; you must prime the device. Pump 4 tests sprays into the air and away from your face. Shake the inhaler for about 5 seconds before each spray. Do this every time the inhaler is used again after a period of 3 or more days without being used.

To use the inhaler; Shake well then uncap the mouthpiece, breathe out fully, and place the mouthpiece in your mouth; close your lips. Breathe in slowly while pushing down on the canister, hold your breath for 10 seconds, and then breathe out slowly. Wait at least 1 minute before using the second inhalation and ensure you shake the inhaler again; only if second inhalation has been prescribed.

Store this medication; at room temperature in a low risk area of heat, sunlight, open flame or freezing temperatures. Ensure the inhaler is stored with the mouthpiece down and away from children and pets.

Cautions

Do not use Xopenex (levalbuterol)

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to levalbuterol or albuterol.

Do not let a child less than 4 years old use this medication.

Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required

To ensure this medication safe for you, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure, a seizure disorder, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder.

Tell your doctor about all medications you currently take, what conditions you may currently have, and if you have any drug allergies.

Risks

It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby or if it will pass into breast milk and harm a nursing infant; speak with your doctor before using this medication if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Xopenex (levalbuterol) may include:

  • dizziness, nervousness, tremors;
  • runny nose, sore throat;
  • chest pain or tightness, irregular heartbeats;
  • pain; or
  • vomiting.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Xopenex (levalbuterol) may include:

  • wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using levalbuterol inhalation;
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; or
  • worsening asthma symptoms.

If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.

Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.

Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…

low potassium: confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, or muscle weakness or limp feeling.

FAQs

What is Xopenex?

Xopenex is an inhaler that is used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath that commonly occurs with an assortment of lung problems. Such examples are asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. So exactly what is Levalbuterol for? It is generally described as a quick relief drug. When taken, it works by relaxing the muscles around the airways, making them open up so that you may breathe more easily. This medication comes in the singular dose of 50mcg/dose. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.       

 

How to use Xopenex inhaler?

Normally this medication does not require any mixing before use, unless directed to by your doctor. You are to inhale this medication into your lungs by the use of a nebulizer. It is generally taken three times a day. Each treatment takes about 5 to 15 minutes. Do not use this medication without a nebulizer. You should not swallow or inject the solution. And be sure not to mix it with other medications in the nebulizer. Also make sure to clean the nebulizer and the mouthpiece afterwards according to the manufactures instructions.

 

What are the side effects of Xopenex?

Some of the more common side effects to this medication are listed as follows; Headache, nervousness, anxiety, tremors, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth and throat, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, muscle pain, cough, sore throat, or perhaps a runny or stuffy nose. Keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication, and if you are experiencing any of these be sure to inform your doctor if they persist or worsen.

 

Who makes Xopenex?

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. is the company that manufactures Xopenex. It is an American Pharmaceutical company, although it was acquired by Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma of Japan on October 12th, 2010.  Its headquarters are in Marlborough Massachusetts.

 

What is the generic name for Xopenex?

The generic name is also the active ingredient within Xopenex, and it is called Levalbuterol. An official generic for Levalbuterol was launched on October 3rd, 2016.

 

How much does Xopenex cost?

Xopenex generally falls in line with Medicare’s Tier 2 of their formulary.  Any drugs listed on Tier 2 means that the medication is referred to as a “non-preferred generic”.  So the drug itself may be a bit more on the expensive side. However, you can find this medication and others for a more affordable option on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have starting prices at $43.00 for 200 doses.