It is important for patients to understand how to correctly administer ARCAPTA capsules using the NEOHALER device. Patients should be instructed that ARCAPTA capsules should only be administered via the NEOHALER device and the NEOHALER device should not be used for administering other medications. The contents of ARCAPTA capsules are for oral inhalation only and must not be swallowed.
Instruct patients always to store ARCAPTA capsules in sealed blisters and to only remove 1 ARCAPTA capsule immediately before use or it may not be as effective. Instruct patients to discard unused additional ARCAPTA capsules that are exposed to air (i.e., not intended for immediate use).
Learn the 3 I’s for helping patients remember the detailed steps for using the ARCAPTA NEOHALER.
Help patients remember the 12 detailed steps in the Instructions for Use by learning the 3 I’s for using ARCAPTA NEOHALER. You can also watch the brief video below. Before patients use the ARCAPTA NEOHALER, they should refer to the full Prescribing Information, including BOXED WARNING, and Medication Guide.
Step 1. Pull off cap
Step 2. Open inhaler
Hold the base of the inhaler firmly and tilt the mouthpiece to open the inhaler.
Step 3. Prepare capsule
Separate one of the blisters from the blister card by tearing along the perforation.
Take one blister and peel away the protective backing to expose the foil.
Step 4. Remove an ARCAPTA capsule
Capsules should always be stored in the blister and only removed immediately before use.
With dry hands, remove one capsule from the blister by pushing the ARCAPTA capsule through the foil.
Do not swallow ARCAPTA capsule.
Step 5. Insert capsule
Place the capsule into the capsule chamber.
Do not place a capsule directly into the mouthpiece.
Step 6. Close the inhaler
Close the inhaler fully. You should hear a ‘click’ as it fully closes.
Step 7. Pierce the capsule
Hold the inhaler upright.
Press both buttons fully one time. You should hear a ‘click’ as the capsule is being pierced.
Do not press the piercing buttons more than one time.
Step 8. Release the buttons fully
Step 9. Breathe out
Before placing the mouthpiece in your mouth, breathe out fully.
Never blow into the mouthpiece.
Step 10. Inhale the medicine
Before breathing in, place the mouthpiece in your mouth and close your lips around the mouthpiece. Hold the inhaler with the buttons to the left and right (not up and down).
Breathe in rapidly and steadily, as deeply as you can. Do not press the piercing buttons.
As you breathe in through the inhaler, the capsule spins around in the chamber and you should hear a whirring noise.
If you do not hear a whirring noise, the capsule may be stuck in the capsule cavity. If this occurs, open the inhaler and carefully loosen the capsule by tapping the base of the device. Do not press the piercing buttons to loosen the capsule. (Repeat steps 9 and 10 if needed).
Step 11. Hold breath
Continue to hold your breath as long as comfortably possible while removing the inhaler from your mouth. Then breathe out.
Open the inhaler to see if any powder is left in the capsule. If there is powder left in the capsule, close the inhaler and repeat steps 9 to 11. Most people are able to empty the capsule in one or two inhalations.
Some people may cough soon after inhaling the medicine. If you do, don’t worry, as long as the capsule is empty, you have received the full dose.
Step 12. Remove capsule
After you have finished taking your daily dose of the ARCAPTA NEOHALER, open the mouthpiece again, remove the empty capsule by tipping it out, and discard it. Close the inhaler and replace the cap.
Do not store the capsules in the NEOHALER device.