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Indacaterol

INFORMATION

Uses

Indacaterol is used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).

How it works

Indacaterol belongs to a class of drugs called long acting beta agonists (LABAs). It acts on the airways in the lungs by relaxing and widening them (bronchodilator effect), thus allowing the lungs to breathe air in and out easily.

Common side effects

Nausea, Nervousness, Cough, Headache, Running nose, Sore throat, Tremor, Uncoordinated body movements

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Expert advice

  • Before you take indacaterol, inform your doctor if you have /are being treated for hypertension, thyroid, heart problems, seizures, drugs that reduce potassium levels in blood.
  • Indacaterol capsules are not to be swallowed. Use them with the inhaler as per instructions.
  • Indacaterol is used to control symptoms of COPD. It should not be used to treat sudden COPD attacks.
  • Do not stop using indacaterol even if you feel well, as doing so may worsen your symptoms.
  • Indacaterol capsules should only be used with the inhaler that comes with this medicine. Do not use the inhaler to inhale any other type of medicines.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Indacaterol

Q.Is indacaterol a steroid?
No. Indacaterol is not a steroid. It is a long-acting beta agonist

Q.What is indacaterol maleate?
Indacaterol maleate is a stable form of indacaterol in which maleic acid is added.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)