Arcapta Neohaler (inhalation)
Medically reviewed: December 26, 2017
What is indacaterol?
Indacaterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.
Indacaterol is used to prevent bronchospasm in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including bronchitis or emphysema. Indacaterol will not treat a bronchospasm attack that has already begun.
Indacaterol is not for use in treating asthma.
Indacaterol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Indacaterol is for use only in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and should not be used to treat asthma.
Indacaterol may increase the risk of death in people with asthma, but the risk in people with COPD is not known. Use only the prescribed dose of this medicine, and do not use it for longer than your doctor recommends. Follow all patient instructions for safe use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use indacaterol if you are allergic to it, or if you have asthma.
Indacaterol may increase the risk of death in people with asthma, but the risk in people with COPD is not known. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits of using this medicine.
To make sure indacaterol is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
heart disease, high blood pressure;
epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
a thyroid disorder;
any allergies; or
Indacaterol may contain lactose. Tell your doctor if you have galactose intolerance, or severe problems with lactose (milk sugar).
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether indacaterol passes into breast milk or if it could affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
Indacaterol is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I use indacaterol?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Using too much of this medicine can cause life-threatening side effects.
Use this medicine at the same time each day, even if you feel well.
Indacaterol will not work fast enough to treat a bronchospasm attack. Use only a fast-acting inhalation medicine for an attack. Tell your doctor if any of your medicines seem to stop working as well in controlling your COPD.
Do not take an indacaterol capsule by mouth. It is for use only in the Neohaler device.
Arcapta Neohaler is a powder that comes with a special inhaler device and blister packs containing capsules of the medicine. You will load one capsule into the inhaler device each time you use the medicine. Pushing the buttons on the side of the Neohaler device will pierce the capsule and release the medicine into the inhaler chamber.
You may have a mild cough for about 15 seconds after using the inhaler.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
You should not stop using indacaterol suddenly. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.
COPD is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice.
Seek medical attention if you think your medications are not working as well.
While using indacaterol, you may need frequent blood tests.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep each capsule in the blister pack until you ready to load your inhaler device.
Do not try to wash or take apart the Neohaler device. You may use a tissue to wipe the mouthpiece after each use. Throw away the device when your capsules run out. Always use the inhaler device that comes with each new prescription.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Do not use this medicine more than 1 time in a 24-hour period.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of indacaterol can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include muscle cramps, tremors, chest pain, fast heartbeats, weak pulse, fainting, or slow breathing (breathing may stop).
What should I avoid while using indacaterol?
Do not use a second inhaled bronchodilator unless your doctor tells you to. This includes salmeterol (Advair, Serevent), vilanterol (Breo Ellipta, Anoro Ellipta), olodaterol (Striverdi, Stiolto Respimat), formoterol (Bevespi, Perforomist, Symbicort, Dulera), or arformoterol (Brovana).
Indacaterol side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using this medicine;
new or worsening cough, feeling suddenly short of breath;
chest pain, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
swelling of your ankles or feet;
high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, headache, blurred vision;
worsening of your condition.
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect indacaterol?
Other drugs may interact with indacaterol, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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