What is Arnuity Ellipta used for?
Arnuity Ellipta is an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) that can prevent asthma attacks and manage the coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath accompanied by asthma. Arnuity Ellipta works in the lungs to reduce inflammation in the airways which makes it easier to breathe.
This medication needs to be taken consistently every day to see any real benefit. Arnuity Ellipta cannot be used to treat urgent breathing problems. You will need a quick relief inhaler to treat sudden symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions About Arnuity Ellipta
Arnuity Ellipta comes with a drug information leaflet with illustrations describing its use. Your doctor will also provide specific instructions. If you are unsure how to use the inhaler, speak to a doctor or pharmacist as proper use is necessary to receive the best results.
You will have to inhale this deeply for the medication to reach the lungs. You may not taste anything or feel any sensation that is working. Do not exhale into the mouthpiece.
If you need to take another inhaler to manage symptoms. Wait a minute before using a different inhaler.
To prevent irritation or infection in your mouth or throat (thrush) from leftover medication, you should rinse your mouth out with water. Do not swallow any rinse water. You should not stop using Arnuity Ellipta unless instructed by your doctor. Symptoms can return even if you stop treatment prematurely
If you miss your inhalation once daily dose, simply skip the missed dose and take the next one as expected. Do not take an extra dose to make up for the missed one as this will not improve your condition and may increase your risk of side effects.
This can contribute to other eye problems including increased pressure in your eyes and glaucoma. You should have regular eye exams when taking this medication.
When discussing Arnuity Ellipta with your doctor, you should disclose your current medications with your doctor to avoid interactions or allergic reactions.
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FArnuity Ellipta has known side effects. MIld effects can be managed and may even go away as you get used to the medicine. Report side effects that are troubling or severe to your doctor and seek medical attention. This is not a list of all possible side effects.
- flushed, dry skin
- joint pain
- loss of voice
- heart problems
- loss of appetite
- ear ache
- greenish-yellow mucus in the nose
- fruit-like breath odor
- Blindness, blurred vision, eye pain
- trouble sitting still
- White patches in the mouth and throat
- Bloody mucus or unexplained nosebleeds
- Decrease in height
- Darkening of the skin
- tightness in the chest
- excess facial hair in women
- mental depression
- vaginal discharge (creamy white) and itching
- high blood pressure
- hoarseness or other voice changes
- hives, skin rash
- pain on passing urine
- Bone pain
- dry mouth
- weight gain
- mouth irritation
- impotence in males
- swelling of the face, lips, or eyelids
- redness or discharge of the eye, eyelid, or lining of the eye
- troubled breathing
- muscle wasting
- headache, severe and throbbing
- bone fractures
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- runny, sore, or stuffy nose
- trouble swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- unexplained weight loss
- general aches and pains or general feeling of illness
- stomach pain
- lower abdominal or stomach pain
- pain in the back, ribs, arms or legs
- eye irritation
- numbness and weakness of the hands and feet
- irregular or painful menstrual periods
- fullness or roundness of the face, neck, and trunk
- muscle soreness, sprain, or strain
- pressure in your eye
- increased hunger, thirst, or urination
- lack of menstrual periods
- growth reduction in children or teenagers
- sore throat
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide basic information on this medication and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.