Anoro Ellipta (Umeclidinium Bromide/Vilanterol Trifenatate)
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Anoro Ellipta (Umeclidinium Bromide/Vilanterol Trifenatate) is a long-term treatment for patients experience breathing difficulties due to COPD, which is a lung disease. It may also be used to help patients with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Anoro Ellipta contains two active ingredients: umeclidinium, which is a long-acting muscarinic antagonist and vilanterol, which is a long-acting beta agonist. The medication works to relax the muscles of the small airways of the lungs; therefore, the making it easier for air to move in and out of the airways. Currently there is no cure for COPD; however, Anoro Ellipta can help manage the symptoms of shortness of breath and wheezing.
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Anoro Ellipta (Umeclidinium and Vilanterol) Medication Information
Anoro Ellipta is an inhaler containing two different medications that treat diseases of the airway. It is indicated to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
COPD is similar to asthma, but the symptoms are more constant and may include cough with phlegm. COPD tends to worsen over time and may not respond as well to certain inhalers as asthma does.
Anoro Ellipta is not indicated to treat asthma. It contains vilanterol, which may increase the risk of asthma-related death. Vilanterol is a long-acting beta-agonist (LABA), which is a type of medication that has been associated with this effect.
Anoro Ellipta contains the following:
- Umeclidinium/Vilanterol 62.5 mcg/25 mcg
Anoro Ellipta has only one size inhaler. The normal dosage is one inhalation by mouth once daily.
The side effects that occur most commonly with Anoro Ellipta include:
- Chest pain
- Lower respiratory tract injection
- Muscle spasms
- Neck pain
- Pain in extremity
Most people only experience one or two side effects, if any at all.
Anoro Ellipta contains milk proteins. Use with caution if you have an allergy to milk or whey products.
Anoro Ellipta is not a rescue inhaler and should not be used during asthma or COPD attacks.
Use with caution if you have a history of seizure disorders, thyrotoxicosis, diabetes mellitus, ketoacidosis, or cardiovascular disorders.
Tell your doctor if you have narrow-angle glaucoma because Anoro Ellipta can worsen symptoms.
Anoro Ellipta can cause urinary retention in people with prostatic hyperplasia or bladder-neck obstruction.
Drug interactions are less common with inhaled medications like Anoro Ellipta. However, they still happen. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist about which interactions will apply to you.
Common drug interactions may include:
- Anticholinergic medications
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors
Store Anoro Ellipta is a cool, dry location that is approximately room temperature 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C). Keep the Anoro Ellipta inhaler in the moisture-resistance foil until ready for use.
- There is an air vent close to the mouthpiece. Do not block the vent with your fingers while inhaling the medication.
- Anoro Ellipta inhalers are not reusable and should be discarded after all the dosages are used.
- Exhale completely before placing your mouth over the mouthpiece.
Anoro Ellipta FAQs
How long does the Anoro Ellipta inhaler last after opening it?
After opening the tray, the inhaler should be discarded after six weeks.
How do I know how many doses are left in the inhaler?
Each inhaler has a dose counter that starts at 30 (or 7 if you are using an inhaler from a hospital). The counter goes down each time a dose is used.
How long should I hold the medication in my lungs?
After inhalation, hold your breath for 3 to 4 seconds.
- Anoro Ellipta [package insert]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline; 2013.
Author: Dr. Conor Sheehy, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Sheehy is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist. He has worked in multiple practice settings, including retail and hospital pharmacies, and in medical clinics. He specializes in anticoagulation, psychiatric medications, and diabetes medications. He strives to empower his patients to understand their medications and improve their overall medical care.
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.