Levalbuterol Dosing

The levalbuterol dosing guidelines that your healthcare provider follows will vary, depending on several factors, such as your age, the severity of your respiratory problem, and other medications you are taking. The recommended starting dose for children ages 6 to 11 is 0.31 mg three times daily. For adolescents and adults, levalbuterol dosing guidelines recommend 0.63 mg three times daily.

An Introduction to Levalbuterol Dosing

The dose of levalbuterol hydrochloride (Xopenex®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your age
  • The severity of your asthma or other respiratory problems
  • Other medications you may be taking.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your levalbuterol dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 

Levalbuterol Dosing for Children

The recommended levalbuterol dose for children ages 6 to 11 is levalbuterol 0.31 mg, using a nebulizer, three times a day. The maximum dose for this age group is levalbuterol 0.63 mg three times a day.
 

Levalbuterol Dosing for Adults and Adolescents

For adults and adolescents age 12 and over, the recommended starting dose is levalbuterol 0.63 mg three times a day. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your dose up to levalbuterol 1.25 mg three times a day.
 

General Information on Levalbuterol Dosing

Considerations for people taking levalbuterol include the following:
 
  • Levalbuterol comes in a liquid form that is used in a nebulizer. You will need to purchase or rent a nebulizer in order to take the drug.
     
  • Regular levalbuterol vials are used without being diluted, while levalbuterol concentrate vials will need to be diluted by adding 2.5 mL of sterile normal saline solution (sodium chloride 0.9 percent), following your healthcare provider's instructions.
     
  • Make sure you know exactly how to measure the dose and how to use and clean the nebulizer.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to levalbuterol or levalbuterol dosing, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without discussing it with your healthcare provider.
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