Arnuity Ellipta (Fluticasone Furoate)

Arnuity Ellipta
Fluticasone Furoate

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Arnuity Ellipta?

    Arnuity Ellipta medicine helps to prevent and control asthma symptoms. It is an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) medication.

  2. Can Arnuity Ellipta be used as a rescue inhaler?

    No, it can not be used as a rescue inhaler. You should always keep a rescue inhaler with you for sudden asthma attacks.

  3. Can children use Arnuity Ellipta?

    The safety and effectiveness of Arnuity Ellipta has not been confirmed for children below 12 years of age.

  4. What are the conditions in which the Arnuity Ellipta should not be used?

    Don’t use Arnuity Ellipta if you have an allergy to milk proteins. If you have a severe allergy to fluticasone furoate or any of the ingredients present in this medicine, do not use it. If you are not sure about this, please consult your healthcare provider.

  5. What information should I provide my healthcare provider before starting Arnuity Ellipta?

    It is important to tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

    • Liver problems
    • Weak bones (Osteoporosis)
    • Immune system problem
    • Eye problems like glaucoma or cataracts
    • Allergy to any ingredient present in Arnuity Ellipta
    • Any type of viral, bacterial, or fungal infection
    • Chicken Pox or measles
    • Pregnancy or breastfeeding

    You should inform your doctor about all your health conditions. Also make sure to provide the list of all medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.

  6. How many inhalations should I take in a day?

    Usually, one inhalation of Arnuity Ellipta is recommended once a day. But, please ask your doctor about the dosage, they can advise you better considering your health conditions.

  7. What if I miss a dose of Arnuity Ellipta?

    If you miss a dose, take it immediately when you recall. If it is close to your next dose, just skip the missed one and continue with your next dose. Don’t take an extra dose to compensate for the missed one.

  8. What if I overdose on Arnuity Ellipta?

    If you overdose on Arnuity Ellipta, immediately contact your doctor or seek emergency medical help. Arnuity Ellipta may have some adverse effects on your health.

  9. Can I discontinue Arnuity Ellipta if my asthma symptoms improve?

    No, you should not discontinue using Arnuity Ellipta unless your healthcare provider asks you to do so. Always follow your doctor’s instructions, if your asthma symptoms improve, they may make some changes in the Arnuity Ellipta dosage.

  10. How to use Arnuity Ellipta?
    • Always follow your doctor’s instructions while using Arnuity Ellipta. Use Arnuity Ellipta only after the doctor guides you on how to use it.
    • Adults should help adolescents to use Arnuity Ellipta.
    • Take Arnuity Ellipta at the same time of the day. Don’t take it more often than prescribed.
    • This medication is available in two different strengths, your doctor will recommend the best one for you.
    • Always carry a rescue inhaler with you to prevent sudden asthma attacks. Arnuity Ellipta can not be used as a rescue inhaler.
  11. What are the side effects of Arnuity Ellipta?

    Arnuity Ellipta can cause the following serious and common side effects:
    Serious Side Effects

    • Mouth or throat fungal infection: To reduce the chances of mouth and throat fungal infection, always rinse your mouth with water after using Arnuity Ellipta. Do not swallow the water.
    • Adults should help adolescents to use Arnuity Ellipta.
    • Immunosuppression (chances of infection increase if your immune system is weak)
    • Adrenal insufficiency: When you start taking inhaled corticosteroid medicines after stopping oral corticosteroid medications, it can cause Adrenal insufficiency. It can get worse if you are under stress from trauma, infection, surgery, or fever.
    • Adrenal insufficiency symptoms include weakness, low energy, low blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting.
    • Difficulty in breathing immediately after inhaling Arnuity Ellipta.
    • Osteoporosis (Bone thinning)
    • Slow growth in adolescents
    • eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts
    • Severe allergic reactions like rash, hives, swelling of your mouth and tongue

    Common Side Effects

    • Flu
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Runny nose

    This list of side effects does not include all possible side effects of Arnuity Ellipta. If you experience any adverse effects, immediately contact your doctor.

  12. Can I share Arnuity Ellipta with others who have similar symptoms?

    No, you should not share your medicine with anyone even if they have similar symptoms. It can be harmful to them.

  13. How to store Arnuity Ellipta?
    • Store Arnuity Ellipta in a dry place at room temperature (20°C and 25°C) preventing it from heat and sunlight.
    • Keep it unopened. Open only when you are going to use it.
    • Safely dispose of Arnuity Ellipta 6 weeks after you open it or when the counter reads “zero”, whichever comes first.

    List the ingredients of Arnuity Ellipta.
    Arnuity Ellipta contains fluticasone furoate as the active ingredient and lactose monohydrate is present as an inactive ingredient.

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References
Arnuity Ellipta [package insert].Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline; 2014

Dr. Conor Sheehy, PharmD, BCPS is a practicing clinical pharmacist that works in primary care. He supports other members of the healthcare team including physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, and other clinical staff. He also likes to use his drug knowledge to inform his patients and the public about the benefits and risks they can expect from their medications. His clinical specialties include: anticoagulation, diabetes management, and psychiatric care.
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