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    • Brand Names: U.S.: ArcaptaT NeohalerT
    • Brand Names: Canada: Onbrez® Breezhaler®

    • It is used to open the airways in lung diseases where spasm may cause breathing problems.
    • Indacaterol works in the airways to calm the muscles and help the flow of oxygen.


    How to take

    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Take this drug at the same time of day.
    • Do not use more than 1 time a day.
    • Do not swallow capsule. The contents of the capsule will be breathed into the lungs.
    • Use with the NeohalerT puffer (inhaler) only.
    • Take the capsule out of the foil right before use.
    • Open mouthpiece by pulling up.
    • Put capsule in the chamber in the bottom of the puffer (inhaler).
    • Close mouthpiece until click is heard.
    • Keep puffer (inhaler) at a level, upright position.
    • Press both buttons on the sides of the puffer (inhaler) at the same time and let go when you hear a click.
    • Breathe out fully. Never breathe out into the puffer (inhaler).
    • Place mouthpiece in your mouth. Close your lips around the mouthpiece.
    • Hold your breath as long as you can without harm.
    • If any powder stays in the capsule, breathe out fully and repeat. When the capsule is empty, throw it away.
    • If you are using more than 1 type of puffer (inhaler), ask your doctor which puffer to use first.
    • Have your puffer (inhaler) use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Make sure you use the puffer the right way.
    • Do not use a spacer with the puffer (inhaler).
    • Use new puffer (inhaler) with each refill.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.


    • Store at room temperature.
    • Store capsules in the original container. Use right after opening.
    • Do not store capsules in the puffer (inhaler).
    • Protect capsules from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.



    • In patients with asthma, long-acting puffers (inhalers) raised asthma-related deaths. Talk with the doctor.
    • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
    • Please read the medication guide.


    • If you have an allergy to indacaterol or any other part of this drug.
    • If you are allergic to milk, talk with the doctor.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are having a breathing attack.


    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Do not use this drug to treat an asthma attack. Use a short-acting puffer (inhaler).
    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), this drug may sometimes raise blood sugar. Talk with your doctor about how to fine tune this.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have an overactive thyroid, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have seizures, talk with your doctor.
    • Limit your use of caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate. Use with this drug may cause nervousness, shakiness, and a fast heartbeat.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach.
    • Runny nose.
    • Cough.
    • Throat irritation.
    • Allergic side effects may rarely happen.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • If you are not able to get the breathing attack under control. Get help right away.
    • Use of short-acting puffer (inhaler) more often.
    • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Very bad muscle pain or weakness.
    • More trips to the bathroom, more thirst, or weight loss.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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