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Levalbuterol HFA is a prescription medicine that is licensed for preventing and treating airway spasms in people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It causes the muscles around the airways to relax, which allows more air to get into and through the lungs. The medication comes in a metered-dose inhaler and is either used on a regular basis to prevent asthma attacks or is used during an asthma attack. Sore throat, irritated or runny nose, pain, and dizziness are side effects that have been reported with this drug.

What Is Levalbuterol HFA?

Levalbuterol HFA (Xopenex HFA®) is a prescription medication used to treat or prevent airway spasms (called bronchospasms). Bronchospasms are most common in people with asthma but can also occur in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
(Click What Is Levalbuterol HFA Used For? for more information on what levalbuterol HFA is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with levalbuterol HFA. However, not everyone who uses the inhaler will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the drug well. When levalbuterol HFA side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of levalbuterol HFA include, but are not limited to:
  • Worsening asthma
  • Sore throat
  • Irritated or runny nose
  • Pain
  • Dizziness.
(Click Side Effects of Levalbuterol HFA to learn about specific levalbuterol HFA side effects, including some of the more serious side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider.) 
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