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Generic Name: Indacaterol Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available. Avability: Rx Pregnancy Category: C


What is Indacaterol used for?

Indacaterol is used to treat trouble breathing and wheezing due to a certain ongoing lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema). It is used if your breathing problems are not controlled with other medication (such as a quick-relief inhaler). It works in the airways by relaxing muscles and opening air passages to improve breathing.

This medication should not be used for severe/sudden breathing problems. Other medications, such as a quick-relief inhaler should be used instead of indacaterol for sudden breathing problems. This medication is not a substitute for corticosteroids (such as beclomethasone, fluticasone, prednisone).

How should I take Indacaterol?

Indacaterol comes in a capsule. Do not swallow these capsules. Inhale the contents of the capsule by mouth using the inhaler device as directed by your doctor, usually one capsule once daily. Indacaterol must always be used with its own special inhaler device. Always discard your old inhaler device and use the new inhaler device that you get each time you refill your indacaterol prescription. Do not use a “spacer” device with the inhaler.

Leave the capsule sealed in the blister card until just before use. Wash and completely dry hands before touching the capsules. Inhale the capsule contents as directed to make sure you inhale all of the drug. Be sure to inhale rapidly and deeply through the mouthpiece when using this drug. Do not exhale into the inhaler.

If you are using other inhalers at the same time, wait at least 1 minute between the use of each medication.

Using too much indacaterol or using it too often may make the drug work less well and increase the risk of serious side effects. Do not use more than the recommended dose or use this drug more often than prescribed. If you are using a quick-relief inhaler on a regular schedule (such as 4 times a day), you should stop the regular schedule and continue using your quick-relief inhaler only as needed for severe/sudden breathing problems. Do not stop or decrease the dose of your other prescribed medications (including inhaled corticosteroids such as beclomethasone) without your doctor’s approval.

Tell your doctor right away if your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen.

How do I store Indacaterol?

Indacaterol is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Indacaterol in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Indacaterol that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Indacaterol down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Indacaterol?

Before using indacaterol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: diabetes, heart disease (such as irregular heartbeat, angina), high blood pressure, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), seizures.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if indacaterol passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Indacaterol during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Indacaterol. Indacaterol is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Indacaterol?

Shakiness (tremor), nausea, headache, or cough may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness/cramping, increased thirst/urination.

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest pain.

Rarely, indacaterol can cause a worsening of breathing problems (paradoxical bronchospasm) that may be life-threatening. If this occurs, get medical help right away.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Indacaterol?

  • Examples of drugs that may interact with Indacaterol include but not limited to bendroflumethiazide / nadolol (Corzide, Corzide 80/5, Corzide 40/5)
  • brimonidine / dorzolamide / latanoprost / timolol ophthalmic
  • brimonidine / dorzolamide / timolol ophthalmic
  • brimonidine / timolol ophthalmic (Combigan)
  • carteolol (Cartrol)
  • carteolol ophthalmic (Ocupress)
  • carvedilol (Coreg, Coreg CR)
  • cocaine nasal
  • cocaine topical (Goprelto, C-Topical Solution)
  • dorzolamide / latanoprost / timolol ophthalmic
  • dorzolamide / timolol ophthalmic (Cosopt, Cosopt PF)
  • hydrochlorothiazide / propranolol (Inderide, Inderide LA)
  • hydrochlorothiazide / timolol (Timolide, Timolide 10-25)
  • labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate)
  • latanoprost / timolol ophthalmic
  • letrozole / ribociclib (Kisqali Femara Co-Pack)
  • levobunolol ophthalmic (Betagan, AK-Beta, Betagan C-Cap)
  • metipranolol ophthalmic (OptiPranolol)
  • nadolol (Corgard)
  • penbutolol (Levatol)
  • pindolol (Visken)
  • propranolol (Inderal, Inderal LA, Hemangeol, InnoPran XL, Inderal XL)
  • ribociclib (Kisqali)
  • sotalol (Betapace, Sotalol Hydrochloride AF, Sorine, Sotylize, Betapace AF)
  • timolol (Blocadren)
  • timolol ophthalmic (Betimol, Timoptic, Istalol, Timoptic Ocudose, Timoptic-XE)

Indacaterol may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Indacaterol?

Indacaterol may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Indacaterol?

Indacaterol may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Indacaterol may interact with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypokalemia, and seizures.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Indacaterol.

What is the dose of Indacaterol for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Maintenance

1 inhalation (75 mcg) orally once a day

Renal Dose Adjustments

No adjustment is recommended

Liver Dose Adjustments

Mild to moderate liver dysfunction: No adjustment recommended

What is the dose of Indacaterol for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Indacaterol available?

Indacaterol is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Inhalation capsule.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Indacaterol, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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