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Arnuity Ellipta is a prescription medication used for the control and prevention of asthma in adults and children aged 5 years and older. It contains fluticasone furoate, which is an inhaled corticosteroid that reduces inflammation in the lungs, thus preventing asthma attacks and improving breathing in people with asthma.
Arnuity Ellipta is an inhalation powder drug product that comes with a special inhaler device preloaded with blister packs containing measured doses of the medication. Arnuity Ellipta is usually taken as one inhalation once daily. As with any medication, follow the instructions provided by your doctor and the label carefully.
Uses and Dosage
Arnuity Ellipta is an inhalation powder drug product that comes with a special inhaler device preloaded with blister packs containing measured doses of the medication. It is usually taken as one inhalation once daily. Read and follow the instructions carefully.
To use Arnuity Ellipta (Fluticasone Furoate), follow these steps:
- Open the Arnuity Ellipta inhaler by lifting the cover. The inhaler will click into place, ready for use.
- Exhale deeply and place the mouthpiece between your lips, making sure to seal your lips around it.
- Breathe in slowly and deeply through your mouth to ensure that the medication reaches your lungs. Don't use a spacer device with Arnuity Ellipta.
- Hold your breath for at least 5-10 seconds or if you comfortably can to allow the medication to reach deep into your lungs.
- Exhale slowly and remove the inhaler from your mouth.
- Close the inhaler by lowering the cover until it clicks into place.
- Rinse your mouth with water after using the inhaler to help prevent the development of oral thrush.
The typical recommended dosages of Arnuity Ellipta are based on the age, severity, and prior asthma therapy of patients.
- People aged 12 years and older: 1 puff or inhalation by mouth once daily. The starting dose on the inhaler is 100 mcg (micrograms). Sometimes your healthcare provider will increase the dose up to 200 mcg after 2 weeks if you need more help controlling your asthma.
- Children aged 5 to 11 years old: 1 puff or inhalation (50 mcg) by mouth once daily.
Common Side Effects of Arnuity Ellipta (Fluticasone Furoate):
- Throat irritation
Serious Side Effects of Arnuity Ellipta (Fluticasone Furoate):
- Bone pain
- Easy bruising and bleeding
- Increased thirst and urination
- Infection (fever, chills, persistent sore throat)
- Mental or mood changes
- Severe wheezing
- Trouble breathing
- Vision problems
- White patches in the mouth or tongue
Form and strength
Arnuity Ellipta (Fluticasone Furoate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Arnuity Ellipta: Powder for Inhalation
- 100 mcg
- 200 mcg
- Avoid using Arnuity as a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms of asthma.
- If you have a severe milk protein allergy or are allergic to any of the ingredients in Arnuity, do not use it. Consult with your healthcare provider if you are uncertain.
- Inform your healthcare provider about all medications you are taking and your current health conditions.
- Use Arnuity Ellipta with caution if you have active or quiescent tuberculosis infections of the respiratory tract. Arnuity Ellipta can lower your body's ability to fight infections, so it's essential to use it only as prescribed.
- Arnuity Ellipta may cause side effects, including headaches, throat irritation, and muscle pain. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience any new or worsening symptoms.
- Only use Arnuity as prescribed; do not use it more frequently.
- Do not stop using Arnuity unless instructed to do so by your healthcare provider. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible but do not take more than one inhalation per day. Take the next dose at your regularly scheduled time.
- Fluticasone Furoate may increase your risk of developing pneumonia or other infections. Monitor your health and seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms of infection.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take for Arnuity Ellipta to start working?
It may take a few days to a few weeks for Arnuity Ellipta to start working effectively. It is important to continue using the medication as prescribed even if you do not see immediate results.
Can Arnuity Ellipta be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Consult with your doctor before using Arnuity Ellipta during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, as the safety of the medication during these periods has not been fully established.
How should I store Arnuity Ellipta?
Arnuity Ellipta should be stored at room temperature and out of reach of children. The inhaler device should be stored in the sealed pouch provided, and each blister pack should be used within 6 weeks of opening.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Arnuity Ellipta?
If you miss a dose of Arnuity Ellipta, you should take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
Can Arnuity Ellipta be used for COPD?
No, Arnuity Ellipta is not approved for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
It's important to purchase Arnuity Ellipta from verified Canadian pharmacy.