Indacaterol, A Novel Once Daily Inhaled β2-Adrenoreceptor Agonist

Jorge Roig*, 1, Rosana Hernando2, Ramon Mora
1 Servei de Pneumologia, Hospital Nostra Senyora de Meritxell, Escaldes, Andorra, Spain
2 Servei de Pneumologia, Hospital Comarcal Sant Joan de Deu, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain

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In this article we will review the role of long acting β2-adrenoreceptor agonists and long-acting muscarinic agents in the management of airflow obstruction. We will then focus our attention on indacaterol, one of the new once daily inhaled β2-adrenoreceptor agonists. Pharmacologically this drug is a nearly full β2-agonist without loss of efficacy after prolonged administration. We will also discuss its dosing, safety and tolerability.

Keywords: Indacaterol, tachyphylaxis, activity profile, safety..