Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than recommended on the label, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Using the medicine more often may increase the chance of serious unwanted effects.

In order for this medicine to help prevent COPD attacks, it must be used once a day at the same time each day as ordered by your doctor.

Indacaterol inhalation powder is used with a special inhaler (Neohaler™) and usually comes with a Medication Guide and patient directions. Read the directions carefully before using this medicine. If you do not understand the directions or you are not sure how to use the inhaler, ask your doctor to show you what to do. Also, ask your doctor to check how you use the inhaler to make sure you are using it properly.

To use indacaterol inhalation powder with the Neohaler™:

  • Dry your hands before handling this medicine.
  • Open a blister card of capsules. Do not remove a capsule until you are ready for a dose.
  • Open the base of inhaler firmly and tilt the mouthpiece to open the inhaler.
  • Place the capsule only in the capsule-chamber in the base of the inhaler. Do not swallow the capsule and do not place a capsule directly into the mouthpiece.
  • Hold the mouthpiece of the inhaler upright and press both buttons at the same time. Press the buttons only once. You should hear a click as the capsule is being pierced.
  • Breathe out fully. Do not exhale into the mouthpiece.
  • Place the mouthpiece in your mouth then close your lips around the mouthpiece.
  • Breathe in quickly and deeply.
  • Remove the inhaler from your mouth. Hold your breath as long as you can and then exhale.
  • Open the inhaler after using it, and remove and discard the empty capsule. Do not leave the used capsule inside the chamber.
  • Close the mouthpiece and then replace the cover.
  • Do not wash the inhaler. Keep it dry.
  • 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.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For inhalation powder dosage form (used with Neohaler™):
    • For maintenance treatment of COPD:
      • Adults—75 micrograms (mcg) (1 capsule) by oral inhalation once a day.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Do not use this medicine more than one time every 24 hours.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.