Medications

Anoro® Ellipta®    

This product is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and is a combination of two ingredients, vilanterol trifenatate and umeclidinium bromide.

This product is inhaled into the lungs using the Ellipta®.


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Ellipta®


Why is it prescribed?

  • Anoro® Ellipta® is used for the treatment of COPD in adults.
  • Anoro® Ellipta®'s major benefit is that it only needs to be used once daily


  • Anoro® Ellipta® is supplied as a disposable light grey and red plastic inhaler containing 2 double-foil strips, each with 30 blisters. The inhaler should be stored inside the unopened moisture- protective foil tray and only removed from the tray immediately before using for the first time. Discard the inhaler 6 weeks after opening the foil tray or when the counter reads zero (after all blisters have been used), whichever comes first.
  • Peel back the foil to open the tray. Discard the dessicant into the trash. Each time you open the inhaler cover fully a dose of medication is ready to be used. If you open and close the cover you will lose the dose. It is impossible to get 2 doses at one time. Do not open the cover until you are ready to use the inhaler and do not close the cover until you have finished using it.
  • To use: open the cover until you hear a click. The counter should go down a number. Do not shake. Fully exhale (not into the inhaler). Put lips around mouthpiece and take a long steady inhalation (not through the nose). Do not block the air vent with your fingers. Remove inhaler from mouth and hold breath for 3-4 seconds-as long as you comfortably can. Breath out fully and gently. You may not taste or feel the medication. Close cover.

Alternatives

Other products that have the same ingredients as Anoro® Ellipta® are •Trelegy® Ellipta® ••Trelegy® Ellipta® •

See other products used in the treatment of •bronchitis •COPD •emphysema (COPD) •

Use one inhalation by mouth once daily at approximately the same time each day. Do not use more than once in 24 hours.


Anoro Ellipta® is a combination inhaler that contains 2 medications that relax the muscles around the airways in the lungs making breathing easier. Umeclidium belongs to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics; vilanterol is a long-acting beta2-agonist. Both drugs are also known as bronchodilators.


This medication may infrequently increase blood pressure.

This medication may infrequently cause sudden, severe wheezing/trouble breathing immediately after you use it. If this happens, use your rescue inhaler and get medical help right away.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including shaking (tremor), nervousness, vision/eye problems (such as eye pain/redness, blurred vision, vision changes, seeing halos around objects, seeing unusually coloured images), difficult/painful urination, muscle cramps/weakness, increased thirst/urination.

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest pain, fast/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting.

A very serious allergic reaction to this medication is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Common side effects include:

  • sore throat
  • sinus infection
  • lower respiratory infection
  • common cold symptoms
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • pain in your arms or legs
  • muscle spasms
  • neck pain
  • chest pain

Anoro® Ellipta® must be used regularly to be effective. It does not work immediately and should not be used to relieve sudden shortness of breath.

It is not approved to treat asthma.

Rarely, people with asthma who use long acting beta 2 agonist medications such as vilanterol have had serious (sometimes fatal) asthma-related breathing problems.

Do not exceed recommended dose or use in combination with other long acting bronchodilators as this may result in overdose.

Use with caution in convulsive disorders, thyrotoxicosis, narrow-angle glaucoma and urinary retention.

Do not use if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins or any ingredient in Anoro Ellipta®.

This medication may infrequently cause sudden, severe wheezing/trouble breathing immediately after you use it. If this happens, use your rescue inhaler and get medical help right away.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: It is not known if either umeclidinium or vilanterol pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before use.

 


Page Last Updated: 05/10/2016