More Info on Arcapta Indications

How Does It Work?

In normal, healthy lungs, air can move easily into and out of the lungs through a network of airways. However, certain lung diseases, including COPD, cause the muscles around these airways to tighten. This narrows the airways and makes it harder to breathe. This is called bronchospasm.
Arcapta belongs to a class of drugs called beta-adrenergic receptor agonists, or beta agonists for short. Beta agonists stimulate beta receptors in the body, including those on the muscles around the airways. This stimulation causes the muscles to relax, which opens up the airways and allows more air to get into and through the lungs. Arcapta also has some effects on decreasing the activity of mast cells in the lungs, which play an important role in inflammation and allergic reactions.
Beta agonists are usually divided into two categories: short-acting and long-acting beta agonists. Arcapta is a long-acting beta agonist (LABA). As a long-acting beta agonist, it is used on a scheduled basis to help prevent symptoms; it is not a "rescue" medication to be used as needed.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Arcapta?

Arcapta is not approved for use in children (which makes sense, since COPD is almost always a disease that occurs in elderly people). Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this medication in children.

Off-Label Uses for Arcapta

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for treating something other than COPD. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, using Arcapta to treat asthma or other breathing problems other than COPD is considered an off-label use.

Arcapta Medication Information

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