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What should I know about Breo Ellipta before taking it?

Breo Ellipta is a long-acting medication to control asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It’s meant to be used once a day, every day, to reduce symptoms and prevent flare-ups. It’s not a rescue inhaler that you use during a breathing attack.
 
Breo Ellipta contains two medications, a corticosteroid and a long-acting beta agonist (LABA) bronchodilator. LABA medications relax the muscles around the airways to prevent wheezing and other breathing problems, but in people with asthma, they can increase the risk of death. For that reason, Breo Ellipta is used for asthma only when symptoms are severe and other medications aren’t controlling the asthma well. Once you’ve been using Breo Ellipta for a while and your asthma is under better control, your doctor may switch you to a different medication. It isn’t known if LABA medications increase the risk of death in people with COPD.
 
Breo Ellipta is approved only for adults age 18 and up, not for children.
 
People who are allergic to milk proteins or any ingredients in Breo Ellipta should not use it.
 
Before taking Breo Ellipta, tell your doctor about any health problems you have, such as high blood pressure or heart problems, thyroid disease, diabetes or eye diseases like glaucoma or cataracts. Also tell your doctor if you’re pregnant (or planning to become pregnant) or breastfeeding. It isn’t known if Breo Ellipta can harm the baby.
 
Also tell your doctor about all other medications you take, including any over-the-counter drugs or supplements. Breo Ellipta can have dangerous interactions with certain medications, particularly antifungal or HIV medications.
 
Breo Ellipta can cause side effects, including:
  • fungal infections in the mouth or throat
  • an increased risk of pneumonia and other infections
  • reduced adrenal function, which can cause fatigue and low blood pressure
  • increased blood pressure and a fast or irregular heartbeat
  • tremor or nervousness
  • bone loss
  • eye problems
  • runny nose, sore throat or sinus problems

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