September 14, 2014
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Daxas

(roflumilast)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02359456 DAXAS 500G FILM-COATED TABLET

How does Daxas work? What will it do for me?

Roflumilast belongs to the class of medications called phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitors. It is used along with a bronchodilator (e.g., salbutamol) to treat severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with chronic cough and sputum (mucous) in adults who have frequent flare-ups. Roflumilast works by reducing inflammation in the lungs.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Daxas?

The recommended dose of roflumilast is 500 µg taken by mouth once daily. Roflumilast may be taken with or without food.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Daxas come in?

Each yellow, D-shaped film-coated tablet, embossed with "D" on one side contains 500 µg of roflumilast. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone, and magnesium stearate; film coating: hypromellose, macrogol 4000, titanium dioxide, and yellow iron oxide.

Who should NOT take Daxas?

Do not take roflumilast if you:

  • are allergic to roflumilast or any ingredients of this medication
  • have moderate or severe liver disease

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