Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long term lung disease where in patients face lot of difficulty in breathing and unfortunately so far there is no cure for COPD, we can treat the symptoms and provide symptomatic relief to patient suffering from (COPD) by treating symptoms with appropriate drug.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be classified as
1. Chronic bronchitis, long-term coughs with mucus.
2. Emphysema, destruction of the lungs over time
3. Many patients affected with COPD may show both Chronic bronchitis and Emphysema.
Causes of COPD are as follows :
Inhalation of certain gases or fumes of chemicals, pollution and secondary smoke, cigarette smoking ,
Symptoms of COPD are as follows :
Breathlessness , fatigue , respiratory infections, wheezing
Now there is a new drug molecule approved by US FDA brand name of the drug is Arcapta Neohaler (Indacaterol inhalation powder) to treat patient suffering from COPD including Emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Arcapta Neohaler (indacaterol) is a beta2-adrenergic agonist which brings about relaxation in muscles around air way to lungs , lungs to remain in a relaxed position so that the patient get relief from wheezing and breathlessness.
Arcapta Neohaler (Indacaterol inhalation powder) is given once in a day as maintenance bronchodilator treatment of airflow obstruction to patients affected with COPD rather Arcapta Neohaler provides a long term treatment option for COPD patients to get relive from breathlessness.
Safty warning :
Arcapta Neohaler carries boxed warning as log term adrenergic agonists (LABA) increase the risk of asthma-related death log term adrenergic agonists should not be used in patients suffering from log term adrenergic agonists unless used with a long-term asthma control drugs
Arcapta Neohaler is not for treating sudden attacks of asthma and sever form of COPD.
Side effects include: headache and nausea, runny nose, cough, sore throat.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. of East Hanover, N.J. is marketing drug Arcapta Neohaler.
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