FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
INCRUSE is a prescription medicine used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a long-term (chronic) lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. INCRUSE is used long term as 1 inhalation, 1 time each day, to improve symptoms of COPD for better breathing.
COPD is a condition that makes it hard to breathe, and worsens over time. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both.
- Chronic bronchitis is increased cough and mucus production caused by inflammation of the airways. Bronchitis is considered chronic (or long term) if a person coughs and produces excess mucus most days for several months during 2 years in a row.
- Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and may damage the small airways in the lungs.
No. INCRUSE is not for use to treat sudden symptoms of COPD. Always have a rescue inhaler (an inhaled, short-acting bronchodilator) with you to treat sudden symptoms. If you do not have a rescue inhaler, contact your healthcare provider to have one prescribed for you.
Use 1 inhalation of INCRUSE 1 time each day. Use INCRUSE at the same time each day. Use INCRUSE exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it. Do not use INCRUSE more often than prescribed.
If you miss a dose of INCRUSE, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take more than 1 inhalation each day. Take your next dose at your usual time. Do not take 2 doses at one time.
If you take too much INCRUSE, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you have any unusual symptoms, such as worsening shortness of breath, chest pain, increased heart rate, or shakiness.
Do not stop using INCRUSE unless told to do so by your healthcare provider because your symptoms might get worse. Your healthcare provider will change your medicines as needed.
Common side effects of INCRUSE include:
- upper respiratory tract infection
- stuffy or runny nose
- mouth and throat pain
- joint pain
- change in taste
- muscle pain
- tooth pain
- stomach pain
- bruising or dark areas of skin
- fast or irregular heartbeat
Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of INCRUSE.
Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Store INCRUSE at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C). Keep in a dry place away from heat and sunlight.
Store INCRUSE in the unopened foil tray and only open when ready for use.
Safely throw away INCRUSE in the trash 6 weeks after you open the foil tray or when the counter reads “0”, whichever comes first. Write the date you open the tray on the label on the inhaler.
Keep INCRUSE and all medicines out of the reach of children.
You may not taste or feel the medicine, even when you are using the inhaler correctly. Do not take another dose from the inhaler, even if you do not feel or taste the medicine.
Yes. You may be eligible to get your first 30-day prescription for free or to save on your next prescription or refill of
INCRUSE. To find out if you qualify, read the Eligibility Requirements.
In 2 clinical studies, patients took a disease-specific questionnaire, called the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire. They answered questions about their symptoms, activity, and impact of disease. More patients taking INCRUSE had an improvement in total score on the questionnaire compared to patients taking an inactive treatment, called placebo; however, your results may vary.