September 30, 2014
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Onbrez Breezhaler

(indacaterol)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02376938 ONBREZ 75 MG CAPSULE FOR INHALATION

How does Onbrez Breezhaler work? What will it do for me?

Indacaterol belongs to the class of medications called long-acting beta agonist bronchodilators. It is used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of the small air passages in the lungs. This helps open up the airways, making breathing easier, preventing symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath. Indacaterol can start to work within 5 minutes of inhalation, and its effects can last up to 24 hours.

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 using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using 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 Onbrez Breezhaler?

The recommended adult dose of indacaterol is the contents of 1 capsule (75 µg) inhaled through the mouth with the provided inhalation device once a day at the same time every day. Continue using this medication even when you have no breathing problems or other symptoms of COPD. Only use this medication with the inhalation device contained within the same pack. Do not swallow the indacaterol capsules. Ask your pharmacist to demonstrate how to use the inhalation device.

This medication may be inhaled on an empty stomach or after food or drink.

This medication must not be used as a rescue medication to treat sudden, severe symptoms of COPD. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice about rescue medications that are appropriate for you. 

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 using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use 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 inhale 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, protect the capsules from light and moisture, and keep it out of 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 Onbrez Breezhaler come in?

Each clear, colourless, hard gelatin capsule for inhalation contains indacaterol maleate equivalent to 75 µg of indacaterol. It has a black product code "IDL 75" on one side of the capsule and a symbol printed on the other side. This medication comes with an inhalation device.  Non-medicinal ingredients: lactose monohydrate; shell: gelatine.

Who should NOT take Onbrez Breezhaler?

Do not use indacaterol if you:

  • are allergic to indacaterol or any of the ingredients of the medication
  • have asthma
  • are experiencing sudden, severe symptoms of COPD
  • are under the age of 18

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