The drug Levalbuterol promotes the muscles relaxation in the airways, and also increases the air flow into the lungs, thus improving the breathing process. The brand names of Levelbuterol are Concentrate Xopenex, Xopenex and Xopenex HFA.
Before taking the drug, you should tell the doctor if you have allergy to any substances, tell the doctor about all the medicines that you take.
This drug should be taken for the prevention and treating asthma attacks within children and adults. The drug is contraindicated to the children under the age of 4. When using the drug, follow all instructions on the drug package.
You should consult your doctor and find out if Levalbuterol is safe for you if you have the following symptoms: convulsions, diabetes, thyroid problems, heart disease and high blood pressure.
If you do not observe the drug action, you should consult a doctor.
The effect of the drug on an unborn baby is unknown, so it is necessary to inform the doctor if you are pregnant, or if you are planning to become pregnant. The influence of Levalbuterol on the baby, if you are breastfeeding, is also not known, so you should discuss with your doctor the potential risks to the child.
Method of Application
It is forbidden to take Levalbuterol solution to children under 6 years old. Levalbuterol inhaler is forbidden to children under 4 years old.
Before using the inhaler, make sure that it is filled with the medicine. If you do not know how to fill your inhaler, ask your doctor to show you how to do it.
Before each spray, shake the inhaler for some seconds. Make four injections in the air to test the operation of the inhaler.
If your inhaler is equipped with a dose counter and it stands at zero, then the inhaler can no longer be used. If you use Levalbuterol concentrate, take it with a nebulizer. Before use, the concentrate is mixed with a diluent. Consult your doctor about the diluent that you need. Do not use the diluent if it is cloudy.
Since asthma is usually treated with a combination of several drugs, you should apply all the drugs as directed by the doctor. Do not change the dose of the drug yourself. And do not start using new drugs without consulting a doctor.
Taking Levalbuterol in a dosage higher than that prescribed may lead to the appearance of severe side effects.
If you missed the time of taking the drug, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But if it's time for the next intake, then take the medication on schedule.
To get the most positive effect, take the medication regularly.
If, after taking the drug, you noticed the allergic reaction in the form of a rash, face swelling and breathing problems, seek medical help immediately.
Common side effects: vomiting; pain in the body; chest tightness, irregular heartbeat contractions; sore throat, runny nose; nervousness, dizziness.
Consult a doctor immediately if you experience the following side effects: low potassium: weakness in the legs, irregular heartbeats, constipation, muscle weakness; shortness of breath and breathing problems; asthma symptoms worsening; heart palpitations.
These are not all the side effects that may occur with the use of the drug Levalbuterol, so before using it, it’s necessary to consult the doctor about the side effects, and ask the doctor what substances and medications may negatively affect the action of the drug Levalbuterol and do not take them, as this can be dangerous for your health.