Trelegy Ellipta (fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol) is used to control wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways, that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema). Fluticasone is in a class of medications called steroids. Umeclidinium is in a class of medication called anticholinergics. Vilanterol is in a class of medications called long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs). The combination of fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol works by relaxing and opening air passages in the lungs, making it easier to breathe.
The combination of fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol comes as a powder to inhale by mouth using a special inhaler. It is usually inhaled once a day. Inhale fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part that you do not understand. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not use fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol inhalation during a sudden COPD attack. Your doctor will prescribe a short acting (rescue) inhaler to use during COPD attacks. Fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol inhalation controls COPD but does not cure it. Continue to use fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol even if you feel well. Do not stop using fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol without talking to your doctor. If you stop using fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol inhalation, your symptoms may return. Before you use fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol inhalation for the first time, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist to show you how to use the inhaler. Practice using your inhaler while he or she watches.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer's information for the patient.
Fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol may cause side effects including:
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away. Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following side effects, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:
Fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol may increase the risk that you will develop glaucoma, cataracts, or osteoporosis. You will probably need to have regular eye exams and bone tests during your treatment with fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol. Fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medication.
Q: Why is Trelegy Ellipta prescribed?
A: Trelegy Ellipta is used to improve symptoms and prevent bronchospasm in adults with COPD.
Q: What is Trelegy Ellipta made of?
A: It is a combination of fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol
Q: Does Trelegy Ellipta have a generic alternative?
A: Currently, there is no generic available for this medication
Q: What if I miss a dose of Trelegy Ellipta?
A: Inhale the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not use more than one dose in a day and do not inhale a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: Trelegy Ellipta should be kept in the foil tray it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from sunlight, excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).