Xopenex is a brand name of the active component Levalbuterol which is contrasted with Salbutamol on the pharmaceutical market. It is a strong broncholidator which relaxes the smooth muscles of the airway system in paticular bronchi and prevents bronchospasms.
The bronchodilating action of Xopenex is connected with the relaxation of all muscles of the airway tracts and reduction of their reaction in response to smoke, coo; air, and also allergens. The reduction of the bronchi activity reduces the probability of the attack development and relaxation of the smooth muscles, allows easier arresting the coming attack. Due to this complex therapeutic effect the life of the patients is improved, they stop fearing sudden relapses of the bronchial asthma and may o any deals: work, physical activity and traveling.
The pharmaceutical action of Xopenex has an effect of the accumulation, and therefore do not expect the prompt therapeutic effect. The improvement of the symptoms of the obstruction of the lungs occurs only after the first day of the treatment but the stable result is possible only in several days after the start of inhalations. Xopenex increases the tolerance of the airway system in response to the irritants, and therefore the longer you take this remedy, the lower probability of the attacks will be.
This drug is ineffective as am urgent aid to arrest sharp attacks. It does not cause the prompt relaxation of the bronchi muscles.
The distinguished drawback of Xopenex is low length of the pharmacological action. Usually, the maintaining drugs for the treatment of COPD act for either 12 hours or within one day. The active phase of the work of Levalbuterol is 8 hours due to which the inhalations should be done several times a day.
Oftentimes, the symptoms of the bronchial asthma appear in one's sleep. Due to this it is recommended to use Xopenex three times a day: before bedtime and in the morning, after awakening and one time within a day.
The length of the action of one therapeutic dose is 8 hours. If the use of Xopenex has been started in the acute stage of the bronchial asthma, it is possible to increase the frequency of the drug use up to 4 times a day (every 6 hours). After the reduction of the attacks, it is necessary to return to the standard scheme of the treatment and take the drug not more than 2-3 times a day.
The convenient inhalation form of Xopenex gives a very fast effect. After the inhalation the actions starts within the first 5 minutes. Before the inhalation the patient is recommended to make a deep exhalation, and breathe in with the inhalation. The average single dose is 2-3 inhalations. After the use of the drug it is recommended to rinse the mouth with the water in order to delete the parts of the drug from the mouth cavity.
In the individual cases Xopenex may be used as an additional medicine in order to increase the tolerance of the airway system and reduction of the risk of the complication, for example, chronic bronchitis, and to reduce the probability of the asthma development.
Xopenex may be used both for the treatment of the chronic bronchitis and for the treatment of the bronchial asthma. It does not provide the anti-inflammatory action and does not reduce the quantity of mucus in the respiratory passages. The mechanism of the action consists in the increase of the resistance of the respiratory tracts reacting to the physical load, or allergic irritants.
The use of Xopenex may relieve the work of the respiratory system and lungs reduce the load and improve the supply of oxygen in the lungs. However, the uncontrolled use of the drug is contraindicated because the uncontrolled and incorrect use of this drug may cause the appearance of the side effects and worsen the symptoms of the bronchial asthma, so that it is necessary to follow the precautions and the dosage regimen.
Xopenex should be used only inhalative
unlike many identical bronchodilators Xopenex causes side effects rarely buy you need to remember that the guarantee of the safe treatment is observance of all recommendations for the use and precautions.
I wont use anything else. I've tried my other rescue inhalers but this one stops the shakes and eases me back into breathing normally. Very effective for wheezing and coughing of asthma. Rinse your mouth after using to get rid of the taste.
This is the only inhaler I've ever used which has helped me. Forty five minutes after taking it I usually get rid of a huge gob of mucus from my lungs. This inhaler works good for me but sometimes it makes me cough.