Anoro Ellipta (umeclidinium/vilanterol) is a prescription drug used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults. The drug comes as an inhaler that contains a dry powder. It’s typically used once daily.
This section describes the usual dosage of Anoro Ellipta. Keep reading to learn more.
What is Anoro Ellipta’s form?
Anoro Ellipta comes as an inhaler that contains medication in a dry powder form. Anoro is the medication, and Ellipta refers to the inhaler device used to deliver the medication into your lungs.
What strength does Anoro Ellipta come in?
Anoro Ellipta comes in one strength of 62.5 micrograms (mcg) umeclidinium/25 mcg vilanterol
per inhalation (62.5/25 mcg).
What are the usual dosages of Anoro Ellipta?
The information below describes dosages commonly used or recommended. But be sure to use the dosage your doctor prescribes.
Dosage for COPD
The typical Anoro Ellipta dosage for adults with COPD is one inhalation (puff) once per day.
Is Anoro Ellipta used long term?
Yes, Anoro Ellipta is typically used as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that it’s safe and effective for your condition, you’ll likely use it long term.
Anoro Ellipta comes as an inhaler that contains medication in a dry powder form. You’ll use the device to inhale the medication into your lungs once per day. You should take your dose around the same time every day. This helps keep a steady level of the drug in your body, which helps it work effectively.
Your doctor or pharmacist will show you how to use the Anoro Ellipta inhaler. The manufacturer’s website also has a video and step-by-step written instructions explaining how to use Anoro Ellipta.
You should not use Anoro Ellipta as a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms of COPD or asthma. If you experience sudden symptoms of COPD or asthma, use your rescue inhaler as directed by your doctor. But if your symptoms feel life threatening, seek immediate medical care.
For information on the expiration, storage, and disposal of Anoro Ellipta, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Accessible drug containers and labels
Some pharmacies provide medication labels that:
- have large print
- use braille
- feature a code you can scan with a smartphone to change the text to audio
Your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend pharmacies that offer these accessibility features if your current pharmacy does not.
If you miss a dose of Anoro Ellipta, take it as soon as you remember. But if it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at its usual time. If you’re unsure whether you should take a missed dose, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you need help remembering to use your dose of Anoro Ellipta on time, consider a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or downloading a reminder app on your phone.
Do not use more Anoro Ellipta than your doctor prescribes. Your doctor may need to monitor your heart if you’ve used too much Anoro Ellipta. This is because the drug can cause problems with your heart rate or heart rhythm.
Symptoms of overdose
Symptoms caused by an overdose can include:
In rare cases, an overdose of Anoro Ellipta can lead to a heart attack or may even be fatal.
What to do in case you use too much Anoro Ellipta
Call your doctor right away if you think you’ve used too much Anoro Ellipta. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach America’s Poison Centers or use its online resource. But if you have severe symptoms, immediately call 911 (or your local emergency number) or go to the nearest emergency room.
The below are answers to some commonly asked questions about Anoro Ellipta’s dosage.
When is the best time of day to use Anoro Ellipta?
You can take your dose of Anoro Ellipta at any time of day. But it’s important to take your dose around the same time each day. This is to keep a consistent level of the drug in your body, which helps it work effectively.
If you need help remembering to use your dose of Anoro Ellipta on time, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or downloading a reminder app on your phone.
How long does it take for Anoro Ellipta to start working?
Anoro Ellipta starts to work soon after you start treatment. But it may take a few weeks or months before you notice your COPD symptoms begin to ease.
Because of how the drug works, you likely won’t feel Anoro Ellipta working in your body. Your doctor will monitor you during your treatment to check whether the drug is working to treat your condition. And it’s important to take Anoro Ellipta every day as directed. Doing so has been shown in studies to lower your risk for worsening COPD symptoms, including a COPD exacerbation.
If you have other questions about what to expect from your Anoro Ellipta treatment, talk with your doctor.
The sections above describe the usual dosage provided by the manufacturer. If your doctor recommends Anoro Ellipta for you, they’ll prescribe the dosage that’s right for you.
Remember, you should not change your dosage of Anoro Ellipta without your doctor’s recommendation. Use Anoro Ellipta exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your current dosage.
Here are some examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor:
- Could my dosage of Anoro Ellipta be adjusted if my current dosage isn’t working for me?
- If I’m having side effects, could I use Anoro Ellipta every other day rather than daily?
- How does the dosage of Anoro Ellipta compare with Trelegy Ellipta?
To learn more about Anoro Ellipta, see this article.
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