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 76 40
Asthma 27 12
Breathing difficulty 16 6
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) 7 7
Cystic Fibrosis 3 0
Upper respiratory infection 2 0

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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
Severe 9
Moderate 7
Mild 22
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Levalbuterol

Side effect Patients
Heart palpitations 5
Jittery feeling 3
Racing heart feeling 3
Shakiness 3
Shaky hands 3
Uncontrollable shaking 2

Show all 23 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Levalbuterol

Dosage Patients
1.25mg/3mL as needed 2
2 45mcg/puff as needed 2
2 CFCfree45mcg/inh as needed 2
CFCfree45mcg/inh as needed 2
0.31 mg/3 mL weekly 1
2 x 0.31 mg/3 mL daily 1
0.63 mg/3 mL daily 1
1.25 mg/3 mL daily 1
90 mcg daily 1
90 mcg twice daily 1

See all 14 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Levalbuterol

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Reason Patients
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 8
Course of treatment ended 6
Doctor's advice 6
Did not seem to work 5
Other 5
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 1
See all 30 patients who’ve stopped taking Levalbuterol

Duration

Currently taking Levalbuterol

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Levalbuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 33
Usually 11
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 26
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 8
$25-49 5
< $25 10
Not specified 24

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levalbuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 6
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 2
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 1
Formoterol-mometasone (Dulera) 1

Patients stopped taking Levalbuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 2
Formoterol-mometasone (Dulera) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Levalbuterol

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browncat87
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browncat87
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See browncat87's full Levalbuterol history

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

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Buying Time
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Buying Time
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I have:
ALS

See Buying Time's full Levalbuterol history

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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