What is Xopenex used for?
Xopenex is used to treat or prevent narrowing of the airways (bronchospasm)
in patients 6 years of age and older with
reversible obstructive airway disease, e.g., asthma.
should not take Xopenex?
should not take Xopenex if you have had any type of reaction to medicines
containing levalbuterol or albuterol.
Warnings Concerning Xopenex:
- Xopenex can produce a narrowing of the airways called paradoxical
bronchospasm in some patients, which may be life threatening.
- Your health care provider may need to prescribe other medications
in addition to Xopenex to help control your asthma. Do
not stop taking other asthma medications unless advised by your health
- Xopenex can cause significant heart-related side effects, such as
an increase in pulse, blood pressure, and/or related symptoms. If
you have a heart condition, your doctor will determine if Xopenex is
right for you.
- Use as directed by your doctor or health care provider. Deaths
have been reported with similar inhaled medications in asthma patients
who use too much.
- Hypersensitivity reactions (severe allergic reactions) may occur
immediately after taking Xopenex. If
you experience itching, areas of skin swelling (angioedema), skin
rash, or narrowing of the airways, these may be signs of a
Precautions with Xopenex:
you currently have, or have had a history of the following conditions,
your health care provider will evaluate you to decide if Xopenex is right
- heart disease, (e.g., reduced heart circulation, high blood
pressure, and irregular heartbeat)
- high levels of thyroid hormone
- reactions to medications similar to Xopenex
should I tell my doctor or health care provider?
all medications that you are taking with your health care provider,
including those that you take without a prescription. Because
of the potential to interact with Xopenex and cause side effects, tell
your doctor or health care provider if you are taking other medications
- diuretics such as furosemide and HCTZ
- antidepressants such as monoamine oxidase inhibitors or
- drugs known to affect the heartís regular rhythm
- drugs used for high blood pressure or after a heart
attack, such as metoprolol or atenolol
your doctor if you are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or
are some possible side effects of Xopenex? (This is not a complete list of side effects reported with
Xopenex. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete
list of side effects.)
effects of Xopenex may depend on the dose. Xopenex
may result in a temporary increase in heart rate, tremors, or nervousness.
more detailed information about Xopenex, ask your health care provider.