Medicine is important for keeping COPD symptoms under control. Some medicines are taken as needed to help relieve symptoms and some are taken daily to help control COPD symptoms. It is important to know the names of your medicines and how and when to use them. In order to keep your COPD under control, you should always take your medicine as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
One type of medicine that is important for managing COPD symptoms is called a bronchodilator. Bronchodilators may be short-acting or long-acting and may be prescribed for use daily or as needed to prevent or reduce symptoms.
XOPENEX HFA® (levalbuterol tartrate) Inhalation Aerosol is a short-acting bronchodilator that is part of a class of beta-agonists. Beta-agonists have been shown to relieve and help control symptoms by relaxing the muscles that have tightened around the airways.
XOPENEX HFA Inhalation Aerosol is for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways) in adults, adolescents, and children 4 years of age and older with reversible obstructive airway disease, such as occurs in asthma.
In patients aged 4-11 years, the most common side effects for XOPENEX HFA were vomiting, accidental injury, irritation of the throat, and bronchitis. In patients aged 12 years and older, the most common side effects for XOPENEX HFA were asthma, irritation of the nose and/or throat, pain, and dizziness.
In addition to bronchodilators, some COPD patients may be prescribed corticosteroids to reduce inflammation.
Ask your healthcare provider which COPD treatment option may be right for you.
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