Indacaterol

Description

Indacaterol is a bronchodilator medicine which is used to relieve symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, chest tightness, etc. caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is not recommended for the treatment of asthma.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Indacaterol

  • Arm, back or jaw pain
  • Dizziness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Cough
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Blurred vision

Uses of Indacaterol

What is it prescribed for?

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-Maintenance
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 5 minutes of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 24 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesirable side effects.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to indacaterol or any other inactive ingredient present along with it.

Asthma

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with asthma due to the risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesirable side effects.
General warnings

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in children below 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of this medicine are not clinically established.

Hypokalemia

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from electrolyte disturbances due to the increased risk of low blood potassium levels (hypokalemia). Report any symptoms such as shortness of breath, muscle weakness, changes in heart rate, etc. to the doctor immediately. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Heart diseases

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with pre-existing heart diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of heart function, vital signs, or electrolyte levels may be necessary based on the clinical condition. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Hyperthyroidism

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with hyperthyroidism (a condition where the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormones) due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of thyroid hormone levels, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Paradoxical bronchospasm

Use of this medicine has been associated with worsening of asthma symptoms in some instances. Contact your doctor immediately if breathing becomes more difficult after using this medicine. It is advised to discontinue this medicine immediately in such cases.

Missed Dose

The missed dose should be used as soon as possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is already time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Amitriptyline

Hydrochlorothiazide

Azithromycin

Carvedilol

Torsemide

Metformin

Disease interactions

Diabetes

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with diabetes due to the increased risk of alterations in blood glucose levels. Close monitoring of blood glucose levels, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be done in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Cardiovascular disorders

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with cardiovascular disorders due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Close monitoring of heart function and vital signs, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Seizures

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with seizure disorders due to an increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be done based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Use this medicine exactly as prescribed. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller quantities or for longer than recommended. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by relaxing and opening the blocked air passages leading to the lungs. This improves airflow into the lungs and makes breathing easier.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Adrenergic bronchodilators

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB05039

[Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 12 December 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Indacaterol#section=Pharmacology-and-Biochemistry

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2018 [cited 12 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2012/022383s002lbl.pdf

[Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 12 December 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a612014.html

Onbrez Breezhaler 150 microgram inhalation powder, hard capsules - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (eMC) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2019 [cited 16 April 2019]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/7794/smpc

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Information on this page was last updated on 16 Apr 2019

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