Why is Breo Ellipta prescribed?
Breo Ellipta, an oral inhalational medication, is used to control symptoms of asthma, like chest tightness, coughing, difficulty breathing, and wheezing. It is also prescribed to patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (chronic bronchitis and emphysema).
What does it do?
Breo Ellipta is composed of two drugs, namely: Fluticasone furoate, a steroid that reduces swelling of the airways and Vilanterol, classified as a long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) that works by relaxing airways to facilitate normal breathing.
How should I use it?
Fluticasone furoate + Vilanterol (Breo Ellipta) is currently available in 100mcg/25mcg or 200mcg/25mcg inhaler. Each type of inhaler has its set of instructions regarding its usage, priming, and cleaning. Make sure to follow the directions and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
The dosage strength depends on every patient’s condition and the doctor’s prescription. It is imperative that you do not self-medicate and only use this drug after consulting with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best dosage and dosing schedule for the treatment of your condition.
What if I missed a dose?
The proper use of medications is needed to achieve the desired effect of any drug. As much as possible, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed dosing schedule. In case you miss a dose, inhale the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule, depending on your doctor’s advice. Never take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose, unless told otherwise.
What are the special precautions before taking Breo Ellipta?
Keep in mind that Breo Ellipta is NOT a rescue medicine for acute attacks of asthma or COPD.
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking, your current and previous medical and vaccination history (especially for chickenpox or measles), and any allergic reactions to Breo Ellipta or any other ingredients included in the manufacture of this medication.
Inform your doctor if you had any form of surgery or if you are planning to get one.
For the drug label information of Breo Ellipta, click here.
Does it have any side effects?
All medications can exhibit side effects and adverse reactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Common side effects may include:
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Joint pain
- Congested nose
- Sore throat
Serious side effects may include:
- Irritation or Itching
- Swelling of any part of the face or limbs
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Cough and shortness of breath
- White patch or sores on the mouth
- Flu-like symptoms
- Rapid heartbeat
Other side effects not listed above may be experienced when using Breo Ellipta. If the symptoms do not go away or are life-threatening, immediately stop taking the medication and inform your doctor or call an ambulance for professional medical assistance.
Is it safe to take it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause serious or life-threatening reactions when administered together.
Immediately inform your doctor if you are taking Breo Ellipta with any of the following medications:
- Betamethasone dipropionate
- Combigan eye drops
Immediately inform your doctor if you are using Breo Ellipta with any other inhaler, drug, vitamin, or herbal supplement. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Store Breo Ellipta in the container it came in, with the mouthpiece pointing down, closed tightly, in a clean environment away from light, excessive heat, and moisture. Keep out of reach of children. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
Empty or unneeded medications should be disposed of immediately. Ask your pharmacist or local garbage collector on the proper disposal of this kind of product.
What should I do in case of an overdose?
Immediately call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe to take if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
There is still limited data on the developmental risks associated with the use of Breo Ellipta in pregnancy. Regular monitoring of pregnant women using this drug is essential to maintain adequate asthma control.
Breo Ellipta is excreted in human milk in small amounts. Its effects on the infant are still not fully known. Hence, it is essential to consider both the developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding, along with the mother’s clinical need for this medication.
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