COMBINATION CORTICOSTEROID/LONG-ACTING BRONCHODILATOR
Breo Ellipta is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013 for daily maintenance treatment in cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Breo Ellipta helps prevent bronchospasms. Breo Ellipta may also be used to help reduce COPD exacerbations.
Breo Ellipta is a combination drug containing both Fluticasone and Vilanterol. Fluticasone is a glucocorticoid steroid, a drug that suppresses the immune system. Fluticasone is believed to work by reducing inflammation in the lungs, lowering the risk of bronchospasm. Vilanterol is a long-acting bronchodilator, a drug that dilates the bronchi and bronchioles in the lungs, making it easier to breathe. Vilanterol is believed to work by relaxing smooth muscles in the airways.
How do I take it?
Take one inhalation of Breo Ellipta is once a day. Breo Ellipta should be taken at the same time each day.
The two drugs that comprise Breo Ellipta can cause various side effects. Among these, the most serious is an increase in the risk of asthma-related death that has been associated with drugs related to Vilanterol. Fluticasone can raise your risk of contracting pneumonia and other infections.
Common side effects of Vilanterol include hoarse, dry or irritated throat, upset stomach, coughing, blurred vision, nervousness, and dizziness. These symptoms may ease as your body adjusts to the medication.
Common side effects of Fluticasone include cold symptoms, headache, sinus infection, and pain in the sinuses or throat.
Inform your doctor if you experience chest tightness or pain, vision changes, white patches in your mouth or throat, depression, anxiety, fatigue, fast heart rate (tachycardia), swelling of your ankles or feet, or worsening COPD symptoms while taking Breo Ellipta.
Many drugs can cause allergic reactions that, in the most serious cases, can result in death. Seek immediate medical help if you experience signs of a severe allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, throat, eyes, lips, or tongue.
Breo Ellipta - GSK
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