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Is Xopenex Safe to Take During Pregnancy?

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Xopenex® (levalbuterol hydrochloride) may not be safe for women who are pregnant. The drug is similar to another medication, albuterol. While albuterol products contain both the inactive and active forms of the molecule, Xopenex only contains the active form of the albuterol molecule. Although animal studies on Xopenex did not show any problems during pregnancy, animal studies that looked at the effects of albuterol during pregnancy showed an increased risk of birth defects. more
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