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COPD 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.

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  • What can I do apart from quitting smoking?

    For every cigarette you don't smoke you will gain approximately another 11 minutes of life![1]. It is never ‘too late’ to stop smoking, even if you already have COPD.

    Meanwhile, keep taking your Anoro Ellipta medication once a day.[2] Your doctor may alsorecommend pulmonary rehabilitation.

    Pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to help you cope with your breathlessness and feel stronger and fitter at the same time.[3]

  • How does COPD affect my insurance?

    Being diagnosed with COPD could mean that your illness claims are no longer covered by your current insurer. Speak to them honestly of any changes to your situation and they will be able to answer your questions. Be aware that there are companies that specialise in insuring people with COPD.

  • Can I still go on holiday?

    Make sure you check with your doctor that you are fit enough to travel. If so, you can also ask them for a confirmation letter that you might need to use with travel companies. If your doctor says you can travel, plan your holiday carefully, taking into account the climate and your mobility needs. You might also need to take oxygen, spare medicines and copies of your prescription.[4] Click to see more detail on COPD holiday questions on the British Lung Foundation (BLF) website.

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.

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