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General Information on Levalbuterol HCl

Generic Name : Levalbuterol HCl

Pronunciation : leh val BYOO ter all

Latest prescription information about Levalbuterol HCl. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y55.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Asthmatics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Levalbuterol HCl

India : 

International : 

Xopenex, Xopenex Concentrate, Xopenex HFA

Why is Levalbuterol HCl Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a bronchodilator, prescribed for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm in adults, adolescents and children 6 years of age and older.  It widens air passage and helps in easy breathing.

When should Levalbuterol HCl not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Levalbuterol HCl?

Children 6-11 years old: The recommended dose is 0.31 mg administered three times a day, by nebulization. Routine dosing should not exceed 0.63 mg three times a day.
Adults and Adolescents ≥ 12 years old: The recommended starting dose is 0.63 mg administered three times a day, every 6 to 8 hours, by nebulization.

How should Levalbuterol HCl be taken?

It comes as a solution (liquid) to inhale by mouth as directed by your physician.

What are the warnings and precautions for Levalbuterol HCl?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart disease, seizures, diabetes, overactive thyroid, kidney disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car operate machinery while taking this medication.

Patient may develop with severe breathing problems; if it so consult with your doctor.

What are the side effects of Levalbuterol HCl?

  Adults and Adolescents:
  Body as a Whole : Allergic reaction, flu syndrome, chills, chest pain, accidental injury and back pain.
  Heart: Fast heart rate, abnormal ECG, high/low blood pressure and fainting.
  Gastrointestinal: Indigestion, dry mouth, dry throat, metabolic acidosis, stomach inflammation and nausea.
  Musculoskeletal: Leg cramps and muscle pain.
  Central Nervous System : Dizziness, muscle weakness, sleeplessness, sensory loss in hands, nervousness, tingling, headache, tremor and anxiety.
  Respiratory : Increased cough, viral infection and nose inflammation.
  Special Senses: Itching in the eyes.
  Children 6-11 years old:
  Body as a Whole: Abdominal pain, accidental injury, weakness, fever, headache and viral infection.
  Gastrointestinal : Diarrhea.
  Blood : Swollen glands.
  Musculoskeletal: Muscle pain.
  Respiratory: Asthma and inflammation of pharynx/nose.
  Skin: Skin inflammation, rashes and hives.
  Special Senses: Ear inflammation.

What are the other precautions for Levalbuterol HCl?

Avoid excess dosage.
It may cause dry mouth or unpleasant taste in your mouth, rinse your mouth with water.
Monitor lung function while taking this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Levalbuterol HCl?

Store it at room temperature (20-25C), and in an airtight container.

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