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Anoro Ellipta frequently asked questions

This page is specifically for patients who have been prescribed Anoro Ellipta. If you are not a patient please return to the public website.

  • What do I need to know before using Anoro Ellipta?

    Anoro Ellipta should not be used to relieve a sudden attack of breathlessness or wheezing. If you get this sort of attack you must use a quick-acting reliever inhaler (such as salbutamol).

    Do not use Anoro Ellipta:

    • If you are allergic to umeclidinium, vilanterol or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6 of the Anoro Ellipta 55/22mcg SPC).
    • If you think this applies to you, don’t use this medicine until you have checked with your doctor.

    Talk to your doctor before using this medicine:

    • if you have asthma (Don’t use Anoro Ellipta to treat asthma)
    • if you have heart problems or high blood pressure
    • if you have an eye problem called narrow-angle glaucoma
    • if you have an enlarged prostate, difficulty passing urine or a blockage in your bladder
    • if you suffer from epilepsy
    • if you have thyroid gland problems
    • if you have diabetes
    • if you have severe liver problems

    Immediate breathing difficulties

    If you get tightness of the chest, coughing, wheezing or breathlessness immediately after using your Anoro Ellipta inhaler:

    Stop using this medicine and seek medical help immediately, as you may have a serious condition called paradoxical bronchospasm.

    Eye problems during treatment with Anoro Ellipta

    If you get eye pain or discomfort, temporary blurring of vision, visual halos or coloured images in association with red eyes during treatment with Anoro Ellipta:

    Stop using this medicine and seek medical help immediately, these may be signs of an acute attack of narrow-angle glaucoma.

    Children and adolescents

    This medicine should not be given to children or adolescents below the age of 18 years.

    Check with your doctor if you think any of these may apply to you.

  • Can I take Anoro Ellipta whilst taking other medicines?

    Some medicines may affect how this medicine works, or make it more likely that you’ll have side effects. These include:

    • medicines called beta blockers (such as propranolol), to treat high blood pressure or other heart problems
    • ketoconazole or itraconazole, to treat fungal infections
    • clarithromycin or telithromycin, to treat bacterial infections
    • ritonavir, to treat HIV infection
    • medicines that lower the amount of potassium in your blood, such as some diuretics (water tablets)
    • other long-acting medicines similar to this medicine that are used to treat breathing problems, e.g. tiotropium, indacaterol. Don’t use Anoro Ellipta if you already use these medicines.

    Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of these.

  • When should I take Anoro Ellipta?

    It is very important that you use this medicine every day, as instructed by your doctor. You can take Anoro Ellipta at any time but make sure you take it at the same time every day. This will help to keep you free of symptoms throughout the day and night.

    Anoro Ellipta should not be used to relieve a sudden attack of breathlessness or wheezing. If you get this sort of attack you must use a quick-acting reliever inhaler (such as salbutamol).

  • What do I do if I miss a dose?

    Do not take an extra dose to make up for a missed dose. If you do forget to take your dose of Anoro Ellipta, take your next dose at the usual time.

  • Can I skip a dose?

    No, Anoro Ellipta recommended dose is one inhalation every day at the same time of day. You only need to inhale once a day because the effect of this medicine lasts for 24 hours.

    Use this medicine for as long as your doctor recommends. It will only be effective as long as you are using it. Don’t stop unless your doctor advises you to, even if you feel better, as your symptoms may get worse.

  • How can I remember to take my medicine?

    Try to build Anoro Ellipta into your daily routine. Some people find that taking it before brushing their teeth in the morning can help jog their memory. In the mean-time, you could set a reminder on your mobile phone, stick a post-it note inside your front door, or ask a family member to remind you.

  • What are the side effects?

    Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. 
    Please see the side effects section of the site to find out more information.

  • Can I take Anoro Ellipta if I’m pregnant?

    If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before using this medicine. Don't use this medicine if you are pregnant unless your doctor tells you that you can.[1]

  • Can I take Anoro Ellipta if I’m breast-feeding?

    It is not known whether the ingredients of Anoro Ellipta can pass into breast milk. If you are breast-feeding, you must check with your doctor before you use Anoro Ellipta. Don’t use this medicine if you are breast-feeding unless your doctor tells you that you can.[1]

  • Does Anoro Ellipta contain lactose?

    Yes. If you have been diagnosed with an intolerance to some sugars, or to milk protein, talk to your doctor before you use this medicine.

    If your question is not listed then please talk to your doctor for more advice.

This medicine is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new safety information. You can help by reporting any side effects you may get. If you experience any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard .
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Anoro and Ellipta are registered trademarks of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.