What is Levalbuterol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Xopenex HFA Xopenex Xopenex Concentrate

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Levalbuterol is in a class of medications called beta agonists. It works by relaxing and opening air passages to the lungs to make breathing easier. It is used to prevent or relieve the wheezing, difficulty breathing, and chest tightness caused by lung disease such as asthma and COPD.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Asthma 87 49
Breathing difficulty 18 7
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 8 7
Cystic fibrosis 3 0
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 6
Moderate 7
Mild 25
None 20

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Levalbuterol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Shakiness 6
Heart palpitations 5
Jittery feeling 3
Headaches 2
Shaky hands 2
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Levalbuterol

Dosage Patients Percentage
2 45mcg/puff as needed 5
2 CFCfree45mcg/inh as needed 4
CFCfree45mcg/inh as needed 3
1.25mg/3mL as needed 2
2 x 0.31 mg/3 mL daily 1
0.21 mg four times daily 1
45 mcg daily 1
90 mcg daily 1
360 mcg daily 1
0.1mg/ml as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking Levalbuterol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Change in health plan coverage 12
Did not seem to work 9
Doctor's advice 8
Expense 8
Other 7
Course of treatment ended 6
Side effects too severe 2
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Levalbuterol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Levalbuterol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 34
Usually 15
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 16
Not at all hard to take 30
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 8
$25-49 4
< $25 11
Not specified 32

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levalbuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 11
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 2
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 1
Fluticasone (Flovent HFA) 1
Formoterol-mometasone (Dulera) 1

Patients stopped taking Levalbuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 3
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 1
Budesonide-Formoterol (Symbicort) 1
Formoterol-mometasone (Dulera) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Levalbuterol

Nov 11, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tremor(s))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Be prepared for shaking of hands and tale appropriate safety measures.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 8, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for shortness of breath (dyspnea))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I began using this inhaler as opposed to albuterol because we have been able to avoid tachycardia with it. 
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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Sep 1, 2010 (Started May 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for breathing difficulty)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 90 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: none
Cost: < $25 monthly

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