Indacaterol (By breathing)
Bronchodilator (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Indacaterol is used to treat air flow blockage and prevent worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is a long-term lung disease that causes bronchospasm (wheezing or difficulty with breathing).
Indacaterol is a long-acting bronchodilator. Bronchodilators are medicines that are breathed in through the mouth to open up the bronchial tubes (air passages) in the lungs. They relieve cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, and troubled breathing by increasing the flow of air through the bronchial tubes.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Powder Under Pressure, Capsule
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
You will use this medicine with a special inhaler device called the Neohaler™. The medicine capsule should not be swallowed. It is placed only into the Neohaler™ inhaler that comes with the package. This device opens the capsule and loads the powder medicine from the capsule into the air chamber. You then inhale the powder through the mouthpiece. Your caregiver will show you how to use your inhaler.
You may reuse your inhaler. But use a new inhaler with each refill of your medicine. Do not use the inhaler for this medicine with any other medicine.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
If a dose is missed:
Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose. Do not use this medicine more than one time every 24 hours.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
Keep the medicine in the blister card until you are ready to use it. Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
This medicine should not be used together with similar inhaled medicines such as arformoterol (Brovana™), budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort®), formoterol (Foradil®, Perforomist™), salmeterol (Serevent®), or salmeterol/fluticasone (Advair®).
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using erythromycin (Ery-Tab®), ketoconazole (Nizoral®), ritonavir (Norvir®), theophylline (Theo-Dur®), verapamil (Calan®, Isoptin®, Verelan®), certain blood pressure medicines (such as atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol, Inderal®, Tenormin®, or Toprol®), a diuretic or “water pill” (such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide [HCTZ], torsemide, Demadex®, or Lasix®), or a steroid medicine (such as dexamethasone, prednisolone, prednisone, or Medrol®). Tell your doctor if you have used an MAO inhibitor (such as Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate®) within the past 2 weeks.
Tell your doctor if you are also using arsenic trioxide (Trisenox®), cisapride (Propulsid®), dofetilide (Tikosyn®), medicine for depression (such as amitriptyline, fluoxetine, nortriptyline, Elavil®, Pamelor®, Prozac®, Sarafem®, or Vivactil®), certain antibiotics (such as erythromycin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, sparfloxacin, Avelox®, Levaquin®, or Zagam®), or medicine to treat mental illness (such as haloperidol, mesoridazine, pimozide, prochlorperazine, quetiapine, thioridazine, ziprasidone, Compazine®, Geodon®, Haldol®, Mellaril®, Orap®, Serentil®, or Seroquel®).
When Not To Use
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to indacaterol, or during an acute COPD flare-up. Do not use this medicine if you have asthma. Some people with asthma have had more severe asthma attacks when they used this medicine.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart or blood vessel disease, heart rhythm problems (such as QT prolongation), high blood pressure, diabetes, seizures, an overactive thyroid, or low potassium in the blood.
Tell your doctor if you are also using other medicines for your COPD. Your doctor may want you to stop using the other medicine and use it only during a severe COPD attack. Follow your doctor’s instructions on how you should take your medicine.
This medicine should not be used if you are having a severe COPD attack, or if symptoms of COPD attack has already started. Your doctor may prescribe another medicine for you to use in case of an acute COPD attack. If the other medicine does not work as well, tell your doctor right away.
This medicine may cause paradoxical bronchospasm, which means your breathing or wheezing will get worse. Paradoxical bronchospasm may be life-threatening. Stop using this medicine and check with your doctor right away if you have coughing, difficulty with breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing after using this medicine.
Hypokalemia (low potassium in the blood) may occur while you are using this medicine. Check with your doctor right away if you have more than one of the following symptoms: decreased urine; dry mouth; increased thirst; loss of appetite; mood changes; muscle pain or cramps; nausea or vomiting; numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips; seizures; shortness of breath; uneven heartbeat; or unusual tiredness or weakness.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you are diabetic and notice a change in the results of your blood or urine sugar tests, check with your doctor.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Chest pain or shortness of breath.
Dry mouth, increased thirst, muscle cramps, nausea, or vomiting.
Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat.
Increased asthma attacks or other breathing problems.
Increased hunger or thirst.
Seizures or tremors.
Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
Unusual tiredness or weakness.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Headache or dizziness.
Muscle or bone pain.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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