FAQ for Incruse Ellipta

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 COPD.

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How does Incruse Ellipta help you breathe better?

The medicine in Incruse Ellipta works to help open the airways and make it easier for air to get in and out of the lungs. This helps control the breathing difficulties and breathlessness caused by COPD and minimise the effects of the disease on your everyday life.2-4 Incruse Ellipta should not be used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won't replace a rescue inhaler, such as Ventolin®.3

What is the medicine in Incruse Ellipta and how does it work?

Incruse Ellipta contains umeclidinium, a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) which works to help open the airways and make it easier for air to get in and out of the lungs. This will help to relieve the symptoms of COPD, such as breathlessness.2-4

Who can use it?

If you are an adult with COPD and you're not already on daily long-term treatment, Incruse Ellipta is worth considering in consultation with your doctor. It's approved as a once daily long-term maintenance treatment to relieve symptoms in adults with COPD.3

Who shouldn't use Incruse Ellipta?

If you have a severe allergy to milk proteins, do not use Incruse Ellipta. If you're not sure, ask your doctor. Do not use Incruse Ellipta if you are allergic to umeclidinium, or any of the ingredients in Incruse Ellipta. Talk to your doctor if you have an intolerance to some sugars. Incruse Ellipta is not to be used by children or adolescents under the age of 18. Incruse Ellipta is not used for treating asthma.3

Where can you find instructions for how to use Incruse Ellipta?

Watch the demonstration video here or refer to the instructions in the Incruse Ellipta pack. Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to demonstrate how to use Incruse Ellipta at your next visit.

Will you be able to taste it or be aware of Incruse Ellipta 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.3

Why does the dose counter start at 30?

The dose counter starts at 30 because it measures the number of doses left in the inhaler. Each Incruse Ellipta inhaler contains 30 doses, giving you a 30-day supply. This is because you only need to take Incruse Ellipta once a day.3

What time of the day should you take Incruse 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.3

Why only once a day?

Because the medicine in Incruse Ellipta is effective for 24 hours, for it to work properly you only need to take it once a day.2-4

How do you store Incruse Ellipta?

Store Incruse Ellipta at room temperature, ideally between 20°C and 25°C. Keep in a dry place away from heat and sunlight. Only open your Incruse 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. Safely dispose of your Incruse Ellipta in the rubbish six weeks after you open the foil tray or when the counter reads "0", whichever comes first. Keep Incruse Ellipta out of reach of children.3

Do you still have to take Incruse Ellipta after you start feeling better?

Yes. One of the ways Incruse 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 Incruse Ellipta by your doctor, continue its use or your symptoms might return. Your doctor will reassess your symptoms and will change your medicine if needed.3

What if you miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember but do not take more than one inhalation per day. After that, go back to taking Incruse Ellipta at your usual time each day. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.3

Can you skip a dose?

No. Incruse Ellipta is to be taken once daily because it works as a preventative medicine to help control your COPD symptoms. You should always take Incruse Ellipta even on the days you are feeling well.3

What are the side effects?

Click here to see an information sheet on the side effects of Incruse Ellipta.

Can you still drive and operate machinery?

Although Incruse Ellipta is unlikely to impact on your ability to drive or use machines, be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Incruse Ellipta affects you.3

Can you take Incruse Ellipta when pregnant?

Incruse 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 Incruse Ellipta.3

Can you still take Incruse 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 taking Incruse Ellipta.3

Does Incruse 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.3