Although this medicine comes in capsule form, it should never be swallowed (it is ineffective if it is swallowed). Rather, the capsule is put into the Arcapta Neohaler™, which punctures the capsule and releases a powder. This powder is then inhaled using your own breath. Use only the Neohaler (not any other type of capsule inhaler) for Arcapta capsules.
Arcapta is inhaled into the lungs once a day. It does not matter what time of day you use it, as long as it is at the same time each day. Make sure to separate the doses by 24 hours; taking two doses within 24 hours increases the risk for side effects. It is important to learn exactly how to use your Neohaler. Make sure your healthcare provider shows you the steps needed to use it.
(For more information on using the Neohaler, click Arcapta. This full-length article offers more information on how to use this medicine, general dosing guidelines, and possible side effects.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Arcapta [package insert]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation;2011 July.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed August 10, 2011.
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