What Is Indacaterol Maleate Used For?
People who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may benefit from indacaterol maleate. As a type of beta agonist, this medicine works to prevent airway spasms by relaxing and opening up the airways in the lungs. Some off-label uses for indacaterol maleate include treating asthma or other breathing problems. This medicine is only approved for use in adults.
An Overview of Uses for Indacaterol MaleateIndacaterol maleate (Arcapta™) is a prescription medication used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (more commonly known as COPD). It belongs to a class of asthma and COPD medications known as beta-adrenergic receptor agonists, or beta agonists for short. In particular, it is a long-acting beta agonist.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a long-term lung disease in which the lungs are damaged, making it difficult to breathe. In COPD, the airways (the tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs) are partly obstructed, making it difficult to get air in and out. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two kinds of COPD. While smoking is the most common cause of COPD, there are other possible causes.
Some of the common symptoms of COPD may include:
- Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe)
- Sputum (mucus) production
- Shortness of breath, especially with exercise
- Chest tightness.
Depending on the severity of your COPD, you healthcare provider may recommend a number of medications as part of your COPD treatment, including:
- Bronchodilators (including short-acting and long-acting bronchodilators)
- Steroids (such as inhaled steroids)
- A yearly flu shot
- A pneumococcal vaccine.
Lifestyle changes are also recommended (see Living With COPD and COPD Rehabilitation). Indacaterol maleate is a long-acting bronchodilator, which means that it helps open up the airways. It is used once a day, every day to help prevent symptoms. It is not used as a "rescue" medication.