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What is Xopenex?

Xopenex (the brand name for levalbuterol) is an inhaled medicine called a beta-2 receptor agonist. This means that it affects certain receptors on cells in the airways and makes the airways relax. It is used to prevent or stop the breathing problems, wheezing and feelings of tightness in the chest from certain lung diseases. The diseases that affect the lungs and airways include asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.

Xopenex is given through an inhaler or a nebulizer. The nebulizer is a machine that turns a liquid into a mist that can then be inhaled into the lungs.

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