Xopenex for Children

Xopenex® (levalbuterol hydrochloride) is approved to treat asthma and other similar lung problems in children as young as six years old. The drug is used in a nebulizer, a device that changes liquid medications into fine droplets that are inhaled into the lungs. Xopenex also comes in an inhaler.
When you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed (swollen). The inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When the airways react, they narrow and reduce the airflow to your lungs. This is called a bronchospasm, and it can cause asthma symptoms such as:
  • Wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe)
  • Coughing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Trouble breathing.
While there is no asthma cure, the condition can be controlled. There are many different asthma treatments, and Xopenex represents one of the most basic and most important types of treatment for asthma relief. The medication is approved to both treat and prevent asthma attacks.
When using Xopenex for children, it is important to first talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this medication.
(Click Xopenex Uses for a more in-depth look at using Xopenex for children, including information on how this medication works for asthma and similar lung problems.)
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