Although most people tolerate Xopenex® (levalbuterol hydrochloride) well, it is not free of dangerous risks. Because this medication is not suitable for everyone, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about possible Xopenex dangers that may apply to you. For instance, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking before starting treatment. Dangers of this medication include potential side effects. Some of the most common Xopenex side effects include:
- Viral infections
- An irritated or runny nose
- Shakiness (tremors)
- A sinus infection
- Flu symptoms (such as chills or fever)
Although side effects of Xopenex tend to be minor, there are some side effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience problems such as breathing problems that are getting worse, a very fast heart rate, or signs of an allergic reaction.
Other Xopenex warnings apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies. Also, you may not be able to take Xopenex if you have medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or epilepsy.
(Click Xopenex Side Effects and Xopenex Warnings and Precautions for more information on potential Xopenex dangers to be aware of before starting treatment with this medication. This article also explains what to tell your healthcare provider before using Xopenex and who may not be able to safely use the medication.)