TrelegyEllipta is an oral inhalation used as maintenance treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. It is also indicated for exacerbation of COPD.
This medication is a combination of fluticasone furoate, umeclidinium, and vilanterol. Fluticasone furoate is a form of corticosteroid that has anti-inflammatory properties and shows a binding affinity for human glucocorticoid receptor that could surpass other steroid medications. As for umeclidinium, it is a long-acting muscarinic antagonist or an “anticholinergic” which could inhibit M3 receptor in the smooth muscle, then resulting in bronchodilation. Finally,vilanterol is a long-acting beta agonist which could relax the bronchial smooth muscle and inhibit the release of primary mediators of hypersensitivity from cells.
Before starting this medication, read the medication or prescription guide provided. Follow the exact TrelegyEllipta dose recommended by your physician. One actuation of Trelegyellipta contains 100mcg of fluticasone furoate, 62.5 mcg of umeclidinium, and 25 mcg of vilanterol. It is usually inhaled by mouth once daily, at the same time of the day, every day.
Here’s the guide in using TrelegyEllipta inhaler:
- To start using this inhaler, peel the back lid.
- Check the counter as it indicates the number of doses each inhaler contains. It should read “30” (“14” if it is a sample pack).
- Slide the cover of the inhaler down, until you see the mouthpiece and hear a click. The number in the counter will count down by 1 which means it is ready for use.
- Hold the inhaler away and exhale through your mouth for as much as you can.
- Close your lips around the mouthpiece. Then, steadily and deeply inhale through your mouth.
- Remove the inhaler away from your mouth as you hold your breath for not less than 4 seconds.
- Breathe out slowly through your mouth.
- To close the inhaler, slide all the way up.
- After administering the dose, rinse your mouth and then spit it out. Avoid swallowing it.
Note: The tray comes with a desiccant to avoid moisture in the packaging. Dispose it properly.
Note: As you do this, avoid blocking the air vent of the inhaler with your fingers.
Note: Rinsing your mouth will prevent yeast infection of the mouth, hoarseness, and dry mouth.
If you are prescribed with other inhalers, wait for at least 1 minute before administering other inhalers.
Do not increase or decrease your dose and stop abruptly without the advice of your doctor. This may increase the risk of experiencing side effects and may worsen your condition.
Some common side effects of TrelegyEllipta are:
-change in taste
Call your physician or any healthcare professional if you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions such as frequent or painful urination, increased thirst, bone pain, tremors, muscle weakness, bleeding or easy bruising, mental changes, white patches in the mouth, and signs of infection (fever, chills, and sore throat).
Avoid taking TrelegyEllipta if you have a known allergy to fluticasone, umeclidinium, vilanterol, or any ingredients this inhaler might have such as milk proteins. It is also important to tell your doctor about your medical history or any medical condition you currently have such as, heart problems, liver problems, hypertension, any form of infection, bone loss, eye problems, difficulty urinating, seizure, or diabetes.
As this drug may cause QT prolongation, you need to watch out for fast/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, or fainting. If this occurs, seek emergency help.
Practice good hygiene and avoid people who have infections because this medication may worsen your infection or increase your risk of getting an infection.
Note that this inhaler is not indicated for acute bronchospasm or to treat any acute symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to accidentally take double doses of TrelegyEllipta?
No, it’s not possible for the inhaler to accidentally dispense double doses.
What if I missed a dose of TrelegyEllipta?
As soon as you remember, take the missed dose right away. Just remember that only one inhalation of this medication is recommended per day.
What time of the day should I use TrelegyEllipta?
You may use this medication any time of the day, but, preferably, at the same time of the day every day.
How soon will TrelegyEllipta work?
It may take several weeks before you observe full improvement in your condition.
How much does TrelegyEllipta cost?
You can see the TrelegyEllipta price at the top of this page. You may also contact us if you have more inquiries regarding this medication’s pricing.