How do you say levalbuterol? In this episode I divide the drug names levalbuterol and Xopenex into syllables, explain which syllable(s) have the emphasis, and reveal the sources of the information.
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Levalbuterol is the generic name. Xopenex is the brand name.
What is levalbuterol? Patients may call this their “asthma medicine” or their “rescue inhaler.” It’s a beta2-agonist bronchodilator that works within minutes to make breathing easier.
Levalbuterol = LEV al BUE ter ol
Levalbuterol has 5 syllables.
LEV, like levitate **Emphasize this syllable
Al, like my Uncle’s first name is “Al”
BUE, which rhymes with the number two **Emphasize this syllable the most
Ter, like terrific
ol, which sounds like, “All.”
Xopenex = ZOE-pen-eks
Xopenex only has 3 syllables.
ZOE, which rhymes with “toe.” **Emphasize this syllable
Pen, like the writing instrument (pen)
Ecks, like the alphabet letter “X”
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Links from this episode
USP Dictionary Online (aka USAN) **Subscription-based resource
USP Dictionary’s (USAN) pronunciation guide (Source: American Medical Association’s website)
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