The medication Xopenex is an asthma medication prescribed for the prevention of asthma in people of 4 years of age or above. It belongs to a class of medications known as beta-adrenergic agonist drugs and acts by relaxing the smooth muscles of the airways. The safety and efficacy of this medication have not been shown in children younger than 4 years of age. You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Xopenex to you. Directions and dosage information can also be found on the pack or leaflet inside the pack. It is recommended to take your dose at about the same time every day. Do not change your dose without talking to your doctor first. While you are using Xopenex HFA, do not use other inhaled medicines and asthma medicines unless your doctor tells you to.
The generic form of Xopenex also called Levolin is available from India manufactured by Cipla. The active ingredient in Xopenex is Levalbuterol. Xopenex is available as respules in the dosage forms of 0.31 mg/2.5 ml, 0.63 mg/2.5 ml, and 1.25 mg/2.5 ml. This medication is also available as CFC free inhaler in the dosage form of 50 mcg/200 dose.
Stop taking Xopenex and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Sudden shortness of breath
• Worsening of asthma
• Serious allergic reactions
• Low potassium levels in blood
• Heart or lung problems
Less serious side effects include accidental injury, sore throat, chest pain, bronchitis, runny nose, fast heart rate, dizziness, vomiting, tremors, pain, palpitations, and nervousness. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Do not use Xopenex if you are allergic to levalbuterol, racemic albuterol. You should also consult your doctor, if you have heart problems including high blood pressure, seizures, diabetes, thyroid problems, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known whether Xopenex passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor about the best way to breastfeed your baby if you are using Xopenex. Tell your doctor if you are taking any medications especially other inhaled medicines or asthma medications, heart medicines, medicines that increase urination (diuretics), antidepressants, medicines used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).