What is this medication and its most common uses?Arcapta Neohaler is a medicine used for the long-term treatment of symptoms associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including bronchitis (inflammation of the air passages within the lungs) and emphysema (lung disease that causes shortness of breath).
What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?How does this medication work?
Arcapta Neohaler works by relaxing the muscles in your airways.
This medication is not used for emergency or immediate treatment of symptoms of airway narrowing. Always have a short-acting rescue inhaler (such as albuterol) to treat sudden symptoms.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Arcapta Neohaler has been shown to improve your lung function.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Arcapta Neohaler exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may feel an improvement in your breathing once you begin using Arcapta Neohaler. Your healthcare provider may perform tests to check your lung function and ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.
What are the possible side effects of this medication?The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
If you have asthma and use Arcapta Neohaler, you can have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. Tell your healthcare provider if your breathing problems worsen over time while you are using Arcapta Neohaler. Get emergency medical care if your breathing problems worsen quickly or if you use your rescue inhaler medicine, but it does not relieve your symptoms.
More common side effects may include: cough, sore throat, common cold, headache, nausea.
Less common side effects may include:
Serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as hives; rash; difficulty breathing; or swelling of your face, tongue, or lips.
Worsening trouble breathing, coughing, or wheezing.
Heart problems, including faster heart rate and higher blood pressure.
Who should not take this medication?Do not use Arcapta Neohaler if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to milk proteins.
Do not use Arcapta Neohaler to treat your asthma without an asthma medicine known as an inhaled corticosteroid (medicine that helps treat inflammation).
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Arcapta Neohaler. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart or thyroid problems, seizures, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is 1 inhalation once a day.
How should I take this medication?Use Arcapta Neohaler exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Use Arcapta Neohaler at the same time every day.
Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your inhaler.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?Do not swallow Arcapta capsules. Arcapta capsules should only be used with the Neohaler device.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?If Arcapta Neohaler is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Arcapta Neohaler with the following: blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as atenolol or propranolol), certain antidepressant medications (such as amitriptyline or phenelzine), corticosteroids (such as prednisone), medicines that affect your heart rhythm (such as quinidine), other similar medicines (such as salmeterol), theophylline, or water pills (such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide).
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Arcapta Neohaler during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?If you miss a dose of Arcapta Neohaler, use it as soon as you remember. Do not inhale more than one dose in 24 hours.
How should I store this medication?Store at room temperature in a dry place. Protect capsules from light and moisture.