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 78 44
Asthma 27 12
Breathing difficulty 16 6
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 8 7
Cystic fibrosis 3 0
Upper respiratory infection 2 0

Show all 21 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 8
Moderate 7
Mild 24
None 15

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Levalbuterol

Side effect Patients
Heart palpitations 5
Shakiness 4
Jittery feeling 3
Racing heart feeling 3
Shaky hands 3
Headaches 2

Show all 23 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Levalbuterol

Dosage Patients
2 45mcg/puff as needed 3
2 CFCfree45mcg/inh as needed 3
CFCfree45mcg/inh as needed 3
1.25mg/3mL as needed 2
45mcg/puff as needed 2
0.31 mg/3 mL weekly 1
2 x 0.31 mg/3 mL daily 1
1.25 mg/3 mL daily 1
0.417 mg four times daily 1
1.25 mg/3 mL four times daily 1

See all 17 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Levalbuterol

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Reason Patients
Change in health plan coverage 12
Expense 8
Doctor's advice 7
Course of treatment ended 6
Did not seem to work 6
Other 5
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 1
See all 33 patients who've stopped taking Levalbuterol

Duration

Currently taking Levalbuterol

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Levalbuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 33
Usually 12
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 28
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 8
$25-49 4
< $25 11
Not specified 28

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levalbuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 7
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 2
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 1
Fluticasone (Flovent HFA) 1
Formoterol-mometasone (Dulera) 1

Patients stopped taking Levalbuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 3
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 Shortness of breath (dyspnea))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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