Indacaterol Oral Inhalation

Indacaterol Oral Inhalation
Indacaterol Oral Inhalation


Indacaterol oral inhalation is used to control wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema).

Indacaterol is in a class of medications called long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs). It works by relaxing and opening air passages in the lungs, making it easier to breathe.

Side Effects Of Indacaterol Oral Inhalation

Indacaterol oral inhalation may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • headache
  • nausea
  • shaking of a part of the body that you cannot control
  • nervousness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • muscle cramps
  • muscle or bone pain
  • swelling of the arms or legs

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:

Indacaterol oral inhalation may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

Warnings & Precautions

Before using indacaterol oral inhalation:

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to indacaterol oral inhalation, any other medications, any of the ingredients in indacaterol inhalation, or milk. Ask your pharmacist or check the Medication Guide for a list of the ingredients.
  • tell your doctor if you use another LABA such as arformoterol (Brovana), formoterol (Perforomist, in Bevespi Aerosphere, Duaklir Pressair, Dulera, Symbicort), olodaterol (Striverdi Respimat, in Stiolto Respimat), salmeterol (Serevent, in Advair), or vilanterol (in Anoro Ellipta, Breo Ellipta, Trelegy Ellipta). Your doctor will tell you which medication you should use and which medication you should stop using.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: aminophylline; antidepressants such as amitriptyline, amoxapine, clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Silenor, Zonalon), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline ( Pamelor), protriptyline (Vivactil), and trimipramine (Surmontil); beta blockers such as atenolol (Tenormin, in Tenoretic), labetalol (Trandate), metoprolol (Kapspargo, Lopressor, Toprol XL, in Dutoprol), nadolol (Corgard, in Corzide), and propranolol (Hemangeol, Inderal, Innopran); chlorpromazine; citalopram (Celexa); clarithromycin (Biaxin); diet pills; diuretics (‘water pills’); droperidol (Inapsine); epinephrine (Primatene Mist); erythromycin (E.E.S., Erythrocin); certain medications for irregular heartbeat such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), disopyramide (Norpace), dofetilide (Tikosyn), flecainide (Tambocor), procainamide, quinidine (in Nuedexta), and sotalol (Betapace); methadone (Dolophine, Methadose); medications for colds such as phenylephrine (Sudafed PE), and pseudophedrine (Sudafed); monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors including isocarboxazid (Marplan), linezolid (Zyvox), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Emsam, Zelapar), and tranylcypromine (Parnate); moxifloxacin (Avelox); steroids such as dexamethasone, methylprednisolone (Depo-Medrol, Medrol, Solu-Medrol), and prednisone (Rayos); pimozide (Orap); theophylline (Theochron, Theo-24); and thioridazine. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects. Many other medications may also interact with indacaterol oral inhalation, so be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, even those that do not appear on this list.
  • tell your doctor if you have asthma. Your doctor will tell you not to use indacaterol oral inhalation unless you are using it along with an inhaled steroid medication.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had diabetes, seizures, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, QT prolongation (an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to fainting, loss of consciousness, seizures, or sudden death); or heart or thyroid disease.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using indacaterol inhalation, call your doctor.
  • you should know that indacaterol oral inhalation sometimes causes wheezing and difficulty breathing immediately after it is inhaled. If this happens, call your doctor right away. Do not use indacaterol oral inhalation again unless your doctor tells you that you should.

Dosage Of Indacaterol Oral Inhalation

  • Indacaterol oral inhalation comes as a powder-filled capsule to inhale by mouth using a special inhaler. It is usually inhaled once a day. Use indacaterol inhalation at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use indacaterol oral inhalation exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
  • Do not swallow indacaterol capsules.
  • Do not use indacaterol oral inhalation to treat sudden attacks of COPD. Your doctor will prescribe a short-acting beta-agonist medication such as albuterol (Accuneb, Proair, Proventil, Ventolin) to use during attacks. If you were using this type of medication on a regular basis before you began treatment with indacaterol, your doctor will probably tell you to stop using it regularly, but to continue to use it to treat attacks.
  • If your COPD symptoms become worse, if indacaterol inhalation becomes less effective, if you need more doses than usual of the medication you use to treat sudden attacks, or if the medication you use to treat attacks does not relieve your symptoms, your condition may be getting worse. Do not use extra doses of indacaterol. Call your doctor right away.
  • Indacaterol inhalation controls the symptoms of COPD but does not cure the condition. Continue to use indacaterol inhalation even if you feel well. Do not stop using indacaterol oral inhalation without talking to your doctor. If you suddenly stop using indacaterol, your symptoms may become worse.
  • Before you use the indacaterol inhaler for the first time, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist to show you how to use it. Practice using the inhaler while he or she watches.
  • Indacaterol capsules should only be used with the inhaler that comes with your prescription. Do not use the inhaler to inhale any other type of capsules. Do not put indacaterol capsules into the mouthpiece of the inhaler. Do not blow into the mouthpiece.
  • The inhaler is made to pierce the capsule so that the powder can be released. However, it is possible that the capsule may break into small pieces inside the inhaler. If this happens, a screen in the inhaler should stop the pieces of the capsule from reaching your mouth as you inhale the medication. Very tiny pieces of the capsule may reach your mouth or throat, but they are not harmful if swallowed or inhaled. The capsule is less likely to break if you are careful to store the capsules properly, to keep the capsules in the foil package until you are ready to use them and to pierce each capsule only once.
  • Store the capsules in the package and remove them immediately before use. Dispose of any capsules that are removed from the packaging that is not used right away. Do not store the capsules inside the inhaler. Avoid exposing the capsules to moisture, and handle them with dry hands.
  • Keep the inhaler dry; do not wash it. Always use the new inhaler that comes with each refill of indacaterol oral inhalation.
  • Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient.


Keep all appointments with your doctor.

Before having any laboratory test (especially those that involve methylene blue), tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel that you are using indacaterol oral inhalation.

Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.


All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.