Xopenex HFA Dosage

For preventing and treating airway spasms caused by asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, most people use two sprays of Xopenex HFA. Dosage recommendations will vary from person to person, depending on the severity of the condition. Some people may only need to one spray to control asthma symptoms. To ensure that the medication works properly, your Xopenex HFA dosing guidelines must be followed as prescribed.

Xopenex HFA Dosage: An Introduction

The dose of Xopenex HFA® (levalbuterol HFA) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Whether you use Xopenex HFA to treat or prevent asthma attacks
  • The severity of your asthma or other respiratory problems
  • Other medications you may be taking.
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As is always the case, do not adjust your Xopenex HFA dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
Xopenex HFA Dosing for Bronchospasm
To treat or prevent spasms of the airway (bronchospasms) due to asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the recommended Xopenex HFA dose is two sprays as needed, as frequently as every four to six hours. For some people, only one spray every four hours will be needed to control asthma symptoms. If you need to use your Xopenex HFA asthma inhaler more often than prescribed, talk to your healthcare provider about adding an additional asthma medication.
 
If Xopenex HFA is not adequately controlling an asthma attack, seek medical attention immediately, as this may be an emergency.
 

General Xopenex HFA Dosage Information

Some considerations for people taking Xopenex HFA include the following:
 
  • Xopenex HFA comes in a metered-dose inhaler (called an "MDI").
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  • Some people take Xopenex HFA only when they need it (during an asthma attack), while others take it regularly to help prevent attacks.
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  • You should "test spray" each Xopenex HFA inhaler before your first use of it, or if you have not used it for more than three days. To test spray the inhaler, spray it into the air four times by pressing on the top of the canister.
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  • Shake your Xopenex HFA asthma inhaler gently before each use.
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  • Wait at least one minute in between inhalations.
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  • It is important to learn exactly how to use your Xopenex HFA inhaler. It may be difficult at first and may require practice.
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  • The spray should be inhaled into the lungs, not sprayed into the back of the throat and swallowed. To accomplish this, you will need to breathe in while spraying the inhaler.
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  • Most people put the mouthpiece of the inhaler directly into their mouths. However, many healthcare professionals now recommend placing the inhaler an inch or two away from the mouth. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way for you to use the inhaler.
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  • Each inhaler contains 200 sprays. Try to keep track of approximately how many sprays you have used in order to know when to replace the inhaler. Do not place the inhaler in water to see if it is empty (although it was recommended to do so in the past).
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  • Be sure that you always have a Xopenex HFA asthma inhaler on hand (and that your Xopenex HFA prescription has refills), as failing to treat an asthma attack can quickly turn into a medical emergency.
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  • If you are unsure about anything related to Xopenex HFA or your Xopenex HFA dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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