Important Facts About Levalbuterol

Clinical Effects

In clinical studies, levalbuterol started working within 10 to 17 minutes, and the effects lasted for 5 to 6 hours, on average. In some people, the effects lasted as long as 8 hours.
 

When and How to Take Levalbuterol

General considerations for when and how to take levalbuterol include the following:
 
  • This medication comes in a liquid form that is used in a nebulizer. You will need to purchase or rent a nebulizer in order to take it.
     
  • Regular levalbuterol vials are used without being diluted, while the concentrate vials will need to be diluted by adding 2.5 mL of sterile normal saline solution (sodium chloride 0.9 percent).
     
  • Make sure that you know exactly how to measure the dose and how to use and clean the nebulizer.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Levalbuterol will not work if you stop taking it.
     

Dosing Information

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