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LEVALBUTEROL

This medication is an inhaler or nebulized solution that is used for quick relief from asthma symptoms and for treating asthma attacks. Levalbuterol is in a class of medications called beta agonists that works by relaxing and opening air passages to the lungs to make breathing easier.

This drug is used to prevent or relieve the symptoms of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways) like wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness.

Do not use levalbuterol aerosol if:

  • You Are Allergic To Any Ingredient In Levalbuterol Aerosol or to Albuterol
  • You Are Using Another Short-Acting Sympathomimetic Bronchodilator (Eg, Pirbuterol) or Inhaled Epinephrine

If any of these apply to you, contact your doctor or health care provider right away.

Fast heartbeat is the most common side effect of this drug.

Less common or rare side effects are:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling “faint”
  • Lightheadedness
  • Troubled breathing

Tell your doctor promptly if any of these effects persist or worsen. Also, call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

Precautions

Before using levalbuterol aerosol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • If you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • If you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of heart problems (eg, fast or irregular heartbeat), blood vessel problems, high blood pressure, or low blood potassium levels
  • If you have a history of seizures, diabetes, thyroid problems, kidney problems, or adrenal gland tumor (pheochromocytoma)
  • If you have ever had an unusual reaction to another sympathomimetic medicine (eg, pseudoephedrine), such as fast or irregular heartbeat, overexcitement, or severe trouble sleeping
  • If you have taken linezolid, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine), or a tricyclic antidepressant (eg, amitriptyline) within the last 14 days

 

Interactions

Some medicines may interact with Levalbuterol aerosol especially any of the following:

  • Diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) because the risk of low blood potassium levels may be increased
  • Epinephrine, linezolid, MAOIs (eg, phenelzine), methylxanthines (eg, theophylline), other short-acting sympathomimetic bronchodilators (eg, pirbuterol), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because they may increase the risk of levalbuterol aerosol’s side effects
  • Beta-blockers (eg, propranolol) because they may decrease levalbuterol aerosol’s effectiveness or worsen your condition
  • Digoxin because its effectiveness may be decreased by levalbuterol aerosol

Tell your doctor about all your medications and any you start or stop using during treatment with levalbuterol.

Call emergency hotline if someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing. Symptoms of overdose include:

  • Chest Pain
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • General Feeling Of Discomfort Or Illness
  • Headache
  • Impaired Consciousness
  • Irregular Or Fast Heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Seizures
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating
  • Tremor

 

Available brands:

  • Pediacof
  • Salbrusin
  • Salvex
  • Ventar EXP
  • Bronchospec

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