Re: Xopenex, Heart to Race?
I've used both Proventil and Xopenex, and I say the doctor was right. Proventil made me feel like I had a bit too much coffee, and it raised my pulse and blood pressure when I took it a lot, and Xopenex didn't. In fact, Xopenex doesn't cause me any side effects that I've noticed.
I really love everything about Xopenex, except the price, which is quite a bit higher than Proventil. You could ask a doctor for a sample inhaler, so you can try it without paying full price.
By the way, if your heart is generally healthy, a few minutes or hours of palpitations/rapid heartbeat shouldn't be dangerous, unless your pulse goes super-high.
Take the number 220 and subtract your age. That's the "maximum" heart rate that is safe. So if you are 20 years old and your heart rate is anywhere less than 200, you aren't in immediate danger. You might FEEL pretty awful, but you aren't likely to have a heart attack from it.