Xopenex HFA Warnings and Precautions

To help minimize risks, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about Xopenex HFA warnings and precautions before using the inhaler. Prior to starting the drug, let your healthcare provider know if you have diabetes, an overactive thyroid, or any allergies. Xopenex HFA may worsen breathing problems or cause fast heart rate, high or low blood pressure, and irregular heart rhythm. You should not use the inhaler if you are allergic to any components of Xopenex HFA.

Xopenex HFA: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Xopenex HFA® (levalbuterol HFA) if you have:
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Some Precautions and Warnings With Xopenex HFA

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of with Xopenex HFA include the following:
 
  • Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are using Xopenex HFA more frequently than usual. Asthma symptoms can worsen very quickly and can become a medical emergency.
     
  • Using Xopenex HFA alone is rarely the best asthma treatment. Your healthcare provider should consider adding additional asthma medications.
     
  • Rarely, Xopenex HFA can cause a worsening of bronchospasms (spasms of the airways), which is exactly the opposite of what should happen. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if Xopenex HFA makes your asthma worse.
     
  • Xopenex HFA can have a stimulatory effect on the heart and blood pressure. Fast heart rate (tachycardia), high blood pressure (hypertension), and irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) may occur, although low blood pressure (hypotension) is also possible. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of it. He or she may wish to use particular caution when recommending Xopenex HFA in your case.
     
  • People with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, or epilepsy should use caution when using Xopenex HFA, as the medication may worsen these conditions or increase the risk of side effects.
     
  • Do not puncture the Xopenex HFA canister or keep it near open flame, as the contents are under pressure.
     
  • Xopenex HFA can interact with other medications (see Xopenex HFA Drug Interactions).
     
  • Xopenex HFA is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Xopenex HFA during pregnancy (see Xopenex HFA and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • It is not known if Xopenex HFA passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using Xopenex HFA (see Xopenex HFA and Breastfeeding for more information).
     
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