Do you want to breathe easy despite your COPD?
All about Breo® Ellipta® for COPD
Note: These cover the more general points. For your individual treatment you should consult your doctor or practice nurse for information specific to your own situation regarding the management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
What is Breo Ellipta?
Breo Ellipta is a breath of fresh air in the treatment of COPD.1 This innovative treatment is specifically designed to deliver 24 hours of easier breathing from just a single inhalation.2,5,12
How did it get its name? ‘Breo’ refers to the actual medicines and ‘Ellipta’ is the easy to use inhalation device.1
Breo is made up of two molecules: fluticasone furoate, an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS); and vilanterol, a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA).1
Fluticasone furoate helps decrease inflammation in the lungs. Inflammation in the lungs can lead to breathing problems. And vilanterol opens lung airways by helping the muscles around them stay relaxed, preventing symptoms.9
The combination of these molecules creates the innovation – easier breathing round the clock in one single inhalation.2,5
Who is Breo Ellipta for?
Breo Ellipta is for patients with COPD who have a history of flare-ups and need to treat the symptoms of COPD.1
How do you use it?
Breo Ellipta is a dry powder inhaler. This is different to a metered dose inhaler, or ‘puffer’ which uses a chemical propellant to push the medication out of the inhaler. Breo needs to be inhaled to ensure the medicine reaches your lungs. Breo Ellipta does not contain propellants - just your medication. Follow these three very simple steps to breathe easier for 24 hours with Breo Ellipta:1
Open the cover of the inhaler by sliding the cover down to expose the mouthpiece until you hear a click. The counter will count down by one number. Breathe out fully while holding the inhaler away from your mouth.
Put the mouthpiece firmly between your lips and take one long steady breath in through your mouth. Remove the inhaler from your mouth and hold your breath for about 3 to 4 seconds. Breathe out slowly and gently away from the inhaler. Be careful not to cover the vent with your fingers when inhaling.
Close the inhaler by sliding the cover up and over the mouthpiece as far as it will go.
How does Breo Ellipta help you breathe easier?
Once-daily Breo Ellipta helps improve lung function by opening up the airways in your lungs for a full 24 hours to help improve COPD symptoms so you can breathe better.1,2,5
What are the medicines in Breo Ellipta and how do they work?
Breo Ellipta combines an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) medicine, fluticasone furoate, and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicine, vilanterol.1
ICS medicines, such as fluticasone furoate, help to decrease inflammation in the lungs.11 Inflammation in the lungs can lead to breathing problems.
LABA medicines, such as vilanterol, help the muscles around the airways in your lungs stay relaxed to prevent symptoms such as wheezing, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.9 These symptoms can happen when the muscles around the airways tighten. This makes it hard to breathe.
Who can use Breo Ellipta?
Breo Ellipta is approved for use in COPD patients who are experiencing symptoms and who have a history of flare-ups.1 Breo Ellipta is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won’t replace a rescue inhaler, such as Ventolin®.1
Can Breo Ellipta reduce your risk of flare-ups?
If you have a history of flare-ups, Breo Ellipta can help reduce your risk of future flare-ups.1 These flare-ups are when COPD symptoms are worse than usual for several days, and require steroids (oral or injectable), antibiotics and/or a hospital stay.20
Should anyone not use Breo Ellipta?
Do not use Breo Ellipta if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins. Ask your doctor if you are not sure. Do not use Breo Ellipta if you are allergic to fluticasone furoate, vilanterol, or any of the ingredients in Breo Ellipta.1
Where can you find instructions for how to use Breo Ellipta?
Watch the demonstration video here or refer to the instructions in the Breo Ellipta pack.
Will you be able to still taste it or be aware of it after inhalation?
You may not taste the medicine, or feel its presence, even when you are using the inhaler correctly. It’s worth knowing this, as it’s important not to take another dose from the inhaler if you suspect it hasn’t worked.1
Why does the dose counter start on 30?
The dose counter starts on 30 because it’s measuring the number of doses left in the inhaler. Each Breo Ellipta inhaler contains 30 doses, which, because it’s used once each day, gives you a 30-day supply.
What time of the day should you take Breo Ellipta?
You can take it at any time but make sure it’s always at the same time every day. This will help you keep free of symptoms for 24 hours at a time.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember but take no more than one inhalation per day. After that, revert back to taking your dose at your usual time.1
Why only once a day?
Because the ingredients in Breo Ellipta are effective for 24 hours, for it to work properly you only need to take it once a day, at the same time every day.1,2
How do you store Breo Ellipta?
Like all medication, there are dos and don’ts. You can store Breo Ellipta at room temperature or in the fridge. But if you prefer the fridge, you must take it out at least an hour before use. It’s important to keep it in a dry place away from heat, moisture and sunlight. Only open your Breo Ellipta when you’re ready to use it. Until then, keep it in the unopened foil tray. As soon as you open it, write the date you opened the tray on the label on the inhaler. Avoid storing it in the bathroom due to moisture. Safely throw away Breo Ellipta in the rubbish six weeks after you open the foil tray or when the counter reads "0", whichever comes first. Keep Breo Ellipta and all medicines out of the reach of children.22
Do you still take Breo Ellipta after you start feeling better?
Yes. One of the ways Breo Ellipta works is as a preventative medicine – so it will only be effective for as long as you are using it. Unless you are told to stop using Breo Ellipta by your doctor, continue its use or your symptoms might return. Your doctor will change your medicines as needed.1
What if you miss a dose?
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you do forget to take your dose of Breo Ellipta, take your next dose at the usual time.1
Can you skip a dose?
No. Breo Ellipta is to be taken once daily because it works as a preventative medicine to help stop you becoming breathless or wheezy. You should always take Breo Ellipta even on the days you are feeling well. That’s how your asthma stays in control.1
How can you remember to take your medicine?
Try to build Breo Ellipta into your daily routine. Some people find that taking it before brushing their teeth in the morning can help jog their memory. If you’re not a morning person, you could set a reminder on your mobile phone, stick a post-it note inside your front door, or ask a family member to remind you.
What are the side effects?
Click here to see an information sheet on the side effects of Breo Ellipta.1
Can you still drive and operate machinery?
Sure you can. Breo Ellipta is unlikely to impact on your ability to drive or use machines.1
Can you take Breo Ellipta when pregnant?
Breo Ellipta should only be considered for pregnant women if the expected benefits outweigh the risks. If you are pregnant, if you think you may be pregnant, or if you are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine.1
Can you take Breo Ellipta if breast-feeding?
It is not known whether this medicine can pass into breast milk. Therefore, a risk to breast fed infants cannot be ruled out. If you are breast-feeding, check with your doctor before you take Breo Ellipta.1
Does Breo Ellipta contain lactose?
Yes it does. If you have been diagnosed with intolerance to some sugars, or to milk protein, talk to your doctor before you use this medicine.1