Incruse Ellipta (Umeclidinium Bromide)
Incruse Ellipta (Umeclidinium) Medication Information
Incruse Ellipta is a prescription inhaler that contains the active ingredient umeclidinium. Your healthcare provider may prescribe it to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
COPD is a disease of the lungs and airways. It is a chronic condition where the airways gradually harden over time, and it becomes harder to breathe. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and mucus production.
The medication in Incruse Ellipta is an inhaled anticholinergic. It binds to muscarinic receptors on the smooth muscle in the airways, causing those muscles to relax. If Incruse Ellipta is used every day, it decreases the severity of COPD symptoms.
Incruse Ellipta contains 62.5 mcg of umeclidinium.
Inhale the contents of one foil blister strip once daily.
Side effects are relatively uncommon when taking Incruse Ellipta. About 2 in 100 people may experience one of the following side effects:
- Bruising areas of the skin
- Fast heartbeat
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Stomach pain
- Stuffy/runny nose
- Tooth pain
- Upper respiratory infection
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have a side effect that worsens your COPD or makes it hard to take your medication.
Do not use Incruse Ellipta if you have a milk allergy because the inhalation powder contains whey proteins.
Incruse Ellipta cannot treat bronchospasm. It should not be used in people whose COPD is acutely deteriorating.
Use caution if you have a history of narrow-angle glaucoma because Incruse Ellipta can worsen the condition in certain people.
People with a history of urinary retention may see their symptoms worsen while taking this medication, but this is rare because not a lot of the drug absorbs into the bloodstream. Use caution if you have a history of prostatic hyperplasia or bladder neck obstruction.
If it becomes harder to breathe while using this inhaler, stop taking it and call your doctor.
Common drug-drug interactions with Incruse Ellipta include:
- Anticholinergic agents
- Potassium Chloride
The inhaler is packaged in a moisture-protective foil tray with a peelable lid. Once the foil tray is opened, the inhaler is must be discarded after six weeks. Each inhaler contains 30 days of medication.
Store at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F.
- Incruse Ellipta does not relieve acute symptoms. You should have another prescription for a short-acting inhaler like albuterol to manage acute breathing problems.
- Take Incruse Ellipta every day to see the full effect. It should be inhaled by mouth once daily. It may take a few weeks of continuous use to notice a difference.
- Store Incruse Ellipta away from heat and sources of moisture like the bathroom or kitchen.
Incruse Ellipta FAQs
How do I check how many doses are left in the inhaler?
There is a counter on the side that counts down from 30. Do not use the inhaler once the count reaches 0.
How do I prepare to take a dose?
Open the cover of the inhaler to prepare a dose. Wait to open the cover until you’re ready to take the medication.
How do I take a dose?
Open the cover, exhale away from the mouthpiece, place your lips around the mouthpiece, do not breathe into it, take one long and steady breath, hold your breath for 3 to 4 seconds.
- Incruse Ellipta [package insert]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline; 2016.
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.