Anoro Ellipta (Umeclidinium/Vilanterol) from Maple Leaf Medications.
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What is Anoro Ellipta?
Anoro Ellipta, with the generic name umeclidinium and vilanterol, is an oral inhalation used as a maintenance drug among people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. By controlling breathing difficulties, this medication allows you to do everyday activities.
This inhalation powder is a combination of anticholinergic and long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonists (LABA). It inhibits the m3 receptors of the smooth muscle, which results in bronchodilation. It also inhibits the release of mediators of immediate hypersensitivity from cells. This medication is available in Anoro Ellipta 62.5 mcg/25 mcg.
How to use Anoro Ellipta
To begin, read the medication information leaflet that comes with this product. Do not use this inhalation unless you have fully understood all the information and instructions printed in the guide. If you need further medical advice or have questions regarding Anoro Ellipta uses, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Remember to use this inhaler regularly and with a dosing schedule for best results. This drug is usually prescribed once a day. Do not increase your dose or use this medication more frequently than necessary as it would not improve your condition but rather increase the risk of adverse reactions. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
If you are prescribed other inhalers at the same time, make sure that there is at least a one-minute interval between each inhaler. This will allow proper drug absorption.
Step by step guide in using Anoro Ellipta inhaler:
- Open the packaging by peeling the lid of the tray. Properly dispose the desiccant that comes with this inhaler. Check the counter that indicates the number of doses. It will indicate 30 or 7 if it is a sample pack.
- Once you are ready to use the inhaler, open it by sliding the cover down until you see the mouthpiece fully. You will hear or feel a click that indicates that it is ready to use. Note: Each time you open the inhaler, it will dispense one dose. Do not open the cover if you are not ready to take your dose to avoid wasting it.
- Hold the inhalation device away from your face and exhale deeply and fully.
- Put the mouthpiece on your mouth and seal your lips firmly around it. Ensure that your hand or fingers are not blocking the air vent. Through the mouth, inhale in a long and steady manner.
- Remove the mouthpiece from your lips and hold your breath for not less than 4 seconds. You may or may not feel the medication in your mouth.
- Once you are done, slide the cover up and over the mouthpiece.
Common side effects:
- Throat irritation
- Stuffy nose
- Pain in the extremities
Mostly, the adverse effects caused by this oral inhalation are mild and temporary. If these side effects persist or get worse over time, call your doctor or any healthcare provider. Furthermore, watch out for severe side effects such as:
- Sudden breathing problem
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Severe dizziness
- Painful urination
- Muscle weakness
- Eye pain
- Vision changes
This is not a full or complete list of Anoro Ellipta side effects.
Before using this oral inhalation, disclose your entire medical history to your doctor, especially seizures, hyperthyroidism, hypertension, heart problems, diabetes, and glaucoma. Some medical conditions and disorders may directly affect your response to this treatment. In addition, talk to your doctor about all the prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, as they may have drug interactions with umeclidinium or vilanterol.
Look out for an allergy while on this treatment. Do not use this inhaler if you have known allergic reactions to umeclidinium, vilanterol, milk proteins, or other inactive ingredients that this inhalation powder may contain. Signs of hypersensitivity reaction are breathing trouble, itching, swelling of the face, skin rash, and severe dizziness. If this occurs, stop using Anoro Ellipta and seek emergency help immediately.
This oral inhalation may cause QT prolongation. Emergency management might be necessary when you experience irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, and fainting. To avoid this condition, do not use diuretics, stay hydrated, and monitor your magnesium and potassium levels for possible hypokalemia and hypomagnesemia.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, use this medication only if extremely needed and with special precautions. Note that potential benefits must always outweigh potential risks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use this medication for asthma?
This inhaler is not indicated for the management of asthma.
How should I store this medication?
Store your inhalation device at room temperature, away from heat and direct sunlight.
When is the discard date of my medication?
The discard date would be 6 weeks from the date that the packaging or tray has been opened.
How should I clean my Anoro Ellipta inhaler?
Clean the mouthpiece of your inhalation device using dry tissue as often as necessary.
How much does Anoro Ellipta cost?
You may check for the Anoro Ellipta price from this page.
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Maple Leaf Medications has provided information from third parties intended to increase awareness and does not contain all the information about Anoro Ellipta (Umeclidinium/Vilanterol). Talk to your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner for medical attention, advice, or if you have any concerns about Anoro Ellipta (Umeclidinium/Vilanterol).