ARCAPTA NEOHALER consists of a dry powder formulation of
indacaterol maleate for oral inhalation only with the NEOHALER inhaler. The
inhalation powder is packaged in clear gelatin capsules.
Each clear, hard gelatin capsule contains a dry powder blend
of 75 mcg of indacaterol (equivalent to 97 mcg of indacaterol maleate) with
approximately 25 mg of lactose monohydrate (which contains trace levels of milk
protein) as the carrier.
The active component of ARCAPTA NEOHALER is indacaterol
maleate, a (R) enantiomer. Indacaterol maleate is a selective beta2-adrenergic
agonist. Its chemical name is
maleate; its structural formula is
Indacaterol maleate has a
molecular weight of 508.56, and its empirical formula is C24H28N2O3
• C4H4O4. Indacaterol maleate is a white to
very slightly grayish or very slightly yellowish powder. Indacaterol maleate is
freely soluble in Nmethylpyrrolidone and dimethylformamide, slightly soluble in
methanol, ethanol, propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol 400, very slightly
soluble in water, isopropyl alcohol and practically insoluble in 0.9% sodium
chloride in water, ethyl acetate and n-octanol.
The NEOHALER inhaler is a plastic
device used for inhaling ARCAPTA. The amount of drug delivered to the lung will
depend on patient factors, such as inspiratory flow rate and inspiratory time.
Under standardized in vitro testing at a fixed flow rate of 60 L/min for 2
seconds, the NEOHALER inhaler delivered 57 mcg for the 75 mcg dose strength
(equivalent to 73.9 mcg of indacaterol maleate) from the mouthpiece. Peak
inspiratory flow rates (PIFR) achievable through the NEOHALER inhaler were
evaluated in 26 adult patients with COPD of varying severity. Mean PIFR was 95
L/min (range 52-133 L/min) for adult patients. Approximately ninety-five percent
of the population studied generated a PIFR through the device exceeding 60
What are the possible side effects of indacaterol (Arcapta Neohaler)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using indacaterol and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- chest pain, tremors, fast heart rate, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
- new or worsening cough, fever, trouble breathing;
- swelling of your ankles or feet;
- bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing);
- feeling suddenly short of...
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Last reviewed on RxList: 10/15/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.