Arnuity Ellipta (Fluticasone Furoate) from Maple Leaf Medications.
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Arnuity Ellipta Uses
Arnuity Ellipta, with the generic name fluticasone furoate, is an oral inhalation indicated as a maintenance treatment and prophylactic therapy for asthma. This is prescribed for patients 5 years old and above. It also controls symptoms like shortness of breath and wheezing to help patients maintain normal everyday activities.
This is available in Arnuity Ellipta 200 mcg, 100 mcg, and 50 mcg.
Mechanism of Action
This corticosteroid is known to have a wide range of actions on multiple cell types and mediators that are involved in inflammation. It inhibits pro-inflammatory transcription factors and antigen-induced lung eosinophilia. Arnuity Ellipta has both topical anti-inflammatory effects and systemic corticosteroid effects.
How to use Arnuity Ellipta
To initiate, read the medication information leaflet that comes with this product. Never use this inhaler if you have not fully understood the drug information and instructions in the guide provided. If you need further medical advice or have queries about using this inhaler, you can ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Remember to use this inhaler regularly and exactly as directed. This is usually prescribed once daily. If you are prescribed other oral inhalers at the same time, make sure that there will be at least 1-minute intervals for each and use this corticosteroid last. Do not alter your Arnuity Ellipta dosage as it depends on your medical condition and response to medication. Further, do not stop taking Arnuity Ellipta without the advice of your doctor to avoid worsening conditions.
Step by step guide in using Arnuity Ellipta:
- Slide the cover of the inhaler to see the mouthpiece until you hear a click. The counter will count down by ”1”, which indicates that it is ready to use. Do not shake this inhaler.
- Hold your inhaler far away from your mouth and breathe out or exhale fully.
- Place the mouthpiece inside your mouth and seal your lips around it. Ensure that you are not blocking the air vent with your hand or fingers.
- Take one long and steady inhalation by your mouth. Hold your breath for 3-4 seconds and remove the device from your mouth.
- Exhale slowly and gently again.
- Once you are done, clean the inhaler using dry tissue. Then, slide the cover of the mouthpiece to close the device.
- Rinse your mouth with water right after.
Arnuity Ellipta Side Effects
Common side effects:
- Throat irritation
In most cases, the side effects caused by this inhaled corticosteroid are mild and will go away after a while. If the adverse reactions persist or worsen, you may have to hold this drug and consult your physician or any healthcare professional. In addition, you must report severe side effects, including:
- White patches in the mouth or tongue
- Vision problems,
- Increased thirst and urination
- Easy bruising and bleeding
- Bone pain
- Severe wheezing
- Trouble breathing
- Infection (fever, chills, persistent sore throat)
- Mental or mood changes
This is not a full or complete list of Arnuity Ellipta’s side effects.
Precautions when using Arnuity Ellipta
Before starting to use this oral inhalation, you must disclose your complete medical history, including any history of osteoporosis, eye problems, liver disease, and infections. Some diseases or disorders might affect how your body will respond to Arnuity Ellipta. Moreover, you must talk about all the prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products you are taking because of the possible drug interactions.
Continually watch out for an allergic reaction while on this treatment. Do not use this inhaler if you have a known allergy to fluticasone, lactose, or any inactive ingredients it may contain. Signs of hypersensitivity are severe dizziness, skin rashes, swelling of the face and neck, hives, and breathing trouble. If this occurs, discontinue medication and immediately seek emergency medical attention.
This corticosteroid may cause immunosuppression which means that it could make you more likely to get an infection. This drug could also worsen the effects of an infection. Practice good personal hygiene at all times. You must also avoid contact with people who have an infection or were recently vaccinated.
There are still no definitive clinical trials to know whether this inhalation could cause harm to unborn and breastfed children. Pregnant and breastfeeding moms must use this drug only if extremely needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use Arnuity Ellipta for sudden asthma attacks?
This drug is not indicated for the relief of sudden breathing problems.
What will happen if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
If you suddenly stop using this oral inhalation, you may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as headache, weakness, tiredness, weight loss, and muscle pain.
Does this medication cause weight gain?
Yes, this medication may cause weight gain.
Is this medication an immunosuppressant?
This corticosteroid can suppress your immune system.
How much does Arnuity Ellipta cost?
You can check the price of this medication 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 Arnuity Ellipta (Fluticasone Furoate). Talk to your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner for medical attention, advice, or if you have any concerns about Arnuity Ellipta (Fluticasone Furoate).