FAQs
Anoro Ellipta

What is the Approved Use for ANORO?

ANORO is a prescription medicine used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults. COPD is a chronic lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. ANORO is used long term as 1 inhalation, 1 time each day, to improve symptoms of COPD for better breathing. ANORO is not used to treat sudden symptoms of COPD and won't replace a rescue inhaler. ANORO is not for the treatment of asthma.

Does ANORO treat asthma?

ANORO is only approved for use in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ANORO is NOT approved for use in asthma.

ANORO is not for the treatment of asthma. It is not known if ANORO is safe and effective in people with asthma.

I thought the inhaler contained 60 doses of medicine. Why does the dose counter start at 30 rather than 60?
  • Each ANORO ELLIPTA inhaler contains 30 doses of two active ingredients, which provides a 30-day supply. The inhaler contains two strips of medicine. One strip contains 30 blisters of umeclidinium and the other strip contains 30 blisters of vilanterol.
  • One blister from each strip is used to create one dose. When the inhaler is opened, the contents of both blisters are combined for inhalation.
  • The dose counter starts at 30 because the dose counter shows the number of doses remaining in the inhaler and not the number of blisters of medicines remaining.
  • A smaller pack is also available, containing 7 doses (14 blisters total), which provides a 7-day supply.
What is COPD?

COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a chronic lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. COPD is a condition that worsens over time, making it hard to breathe. Learn more about COPD.

Does ANORO treat sudden symptoms of COPD?

No. ANORO is not used to treat sudden symptoms of COPD. Always have a rescue inhaler (an inhaled, short-acting bronchodilator) with you to treat sudden symptoms. If you do not have a rescue inhaler, contact your healthcare provider to have one prescribed for you.

When should I take ANORO?

Use ANORO exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it. Use 1 inhalation of ANORO 1 time each day. Use ANORO at the same time each day.

Do not use ANORO more often than prescribed. Do not use ANORO unless your healthcare provider has taught you how to use the inhaler and you understand how to use it correctly.

What if I miss a dose of ANORO?

If you miss a dose of ANORO, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take more than 1 inhalation per day. Take your next dose at your usual time. Do not take 2 doses at 1 time.

What if I take too much ANORO?

If you take too much ANORO, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you have any unusual symptoms, such as worsening shortness of breath, chest pain, increased heart rate, or shakiness.

Should I stop taking ANORO if my symptoms get better?

Do not stop using ANORO unless told to do so by your healthcare provider because your symptoms might get worse. Your healthcare provider will change your medicines as needed.

What are the common side effects of ANORO?

Common side effects of ANORO include:

  • sore throat
  • sinus infection
  • lower respiratory infection
  • common cold symptoms
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • pain in your arms or legs
  • muscle spasms
  • neck pain
  • chest pain

Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the side effects with ANORO. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How do I use the ANORO ELLIPTA inhaler?

For instructions on how to use the ANORO ELLIPTA inhaler, please watch the video or read the Instructions for Use.

How do I store ANORO?

Store ANORO at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C). Keep in a dry place away from heat and sunlight.

Store ANORO in the unopened foil tray and only open when ready for use.

Safely throw away ANORO in the trash 6 weeks after you open the foil tray or when the counter reads "0," whichever comes first. Write the date you open the tray on the label on the inhaler.

Keep ANORO and all medicines out of the reach of children.

Will I taste or feel my dose of ANORO after inhalation?

You may not taste or feel the medicine, even when you are using the inhaler correctly. Do not take another dose from the inhaler even if you do not feel or taste the medicine.

Are there savings programs for ANORO?

Yes. You may be eligible to get your first 30-day prescription for free and/or pay no more than $10 a month on your 30-day prescription for 12 months. To find out if you qualify, read the Eligibility Requirements.

Has ANORO been studied in clinical trials versus SPIRIVA® HANDIHALER® in patients with COPD?

Yes. ANORO has been studied in clinical trials versus SPIRIVA HANDIHALER in patients with COPD.

ANORO contains 2 long-acting bronchodilators in 1 inhaler and is used long term as 1 inhalation, 1 time each day, to improve symptoms of COPD for better breathing. ANORO is not used to treat sudden symptoms of COPD and won't replace a rescue inhaler. ANORO is not for the treatment of asthma.

In clinical trials, ANORO significantly improved lung function more than SPIRIVA HANDIHALER in people with COPD.*

*Results shown in 2 of 3 clinical trials. Individual results may vary. SPIRIVA contains 1 long-acting bronchodilator and is used to treat COPD and reduce COPD flare-ups. ANORO is not approved to reduce COPD flare-ups. Each product has its own risks and benefits. Please see full Important Safety Information for ANORO ELLIPTA below.

SPIRIVA and HANDIHALER are registered trademarks owned by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Has ANORO been studied in clinical trials versus ADVAIR DISKUS® 250/50 in patients with COPD?

Yes. ANORO has been studied in clinical trials versus ADVAIR DISKUS 250/50 in patients with COPD.

ANORO contains 2 long-acting bronchodilators in 1 inhaler and is used long term as 1 inhalation, 1 time each day, to improve symptoms of COPD for better breathing. ANORO is not used to treat sudden symptoms of COPD and won't replace a rescue inhaler. ANORO is not for the treatment of asthma.

In 2 clinical trials, ANORO significantly improved lung function more than ADVAIR DISKUS 250/50 in people with COPD.

Results shown in 2 clinical trials with ADVAIR DISKUS 250/50. Individual results may vary. ADVAIR contains an inhaled corticosteroid and a long-acting bronchodilator, and it is used to treat COPD and reduce COPD flare-ups. ANORO is not approved to reduce COPD flare-ups. Each product has its own risks and benefits.

APPROVED USES FOR ADVAIR DISKUS 250/50 (fluticasone propionate 250 mcg and salmeterol 50 mcg inhalation powder) FOR COPD

Twice-daily ADVAIR DISKUS 250/50 is a prescription medicine used long term to treat COPD for better breathing and fewer flare-ups. ADVAIR is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won't replace a rescue inhaler.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR ADVAIR DISKUS 250/50 FOR COPD

  • People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as salmeterol (one of the medicines in ADVAIR DISKUS), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known whether fluticasone propionate, the other medicine in ADVAIR DISKUS, reduces the risk of death from asthma problems seen with LABA medicines, such as salmeterol.
  • It is not known if LABA medicines, such as salmeterol, increase the risk of death in people with COPD.
  • Call your healthcare provider if breathing problems worsen over time while using ADVAIR DISKUS. You may need different treatment.
  • Get emergency medical care if:
    • your breathing problems worsen quickly
    • you use your rescue inhaler, but it does not relieve your breathing problems.
  • Do not use ADVAIR DISKUS to treat sudden breathing problems from asthma or COPD. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms.
  • Do not use ADVAIR DISKUS if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins or are allergic to any of the ingredients in ADVAIR DISKUS. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
  • Do not use ADVAIR DISKUS more often than prescribed.
  • Do not take ADVAIR DISKUS with other medicines that contain a LABA for any reason.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take and about all of your health conditions.
  • ADVAIR DISKUS can cause serious side effects, including:
    • fungal infection in your mouth or throat (thrush). Rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after using ADVAIR DISKUS to help reduce your chance of getting thrush.
    • pneumonia. People with COPD have a higher chance of getting pneumonia. ADVAIR DISKUS may increase the chance of getting pneumonia. Call your healthcare provider if you notice any of the following symptoms:
      • increase in mucus (sputum) production
      • change in mucus color
      • fever
      • chills
      • increased cough
      • increased breathing problems
    • weakened immune system and increased chance of getting infections (immunosuppression). You should avoid exposure to chickenpox and measles, and, if exposed, tell your healthcare provider right away. Worsening of existing tuberculosis, fungal, bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections, or herpes infection of the eye (ocular herpes simplex) may occur.
    • reduced adrenal function. This can happen when you stop taking an oral corticosteroid (such as prednisone) and start taking a medicine containing an inhaled corticosteroid (such as ADVAIR DISKUS). During this transition period, when your body is under stress, such as from fever, trauma (such as a car accident), infection, surgery, or worse COPD symptoms, adrenal insufficiency can get worse and may cause death. Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency include:
      • feeling tired
      • lack of energy
      • weakness
      • nausea and vomiting
      • low blood pressure
    • sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling your medicine. If you have sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling your medicine, stop using ADVAIR DISKUS and call your healthcare provider right away.
    • serious allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
      • rash
      • hives
      • swelling of your face, mouth, and tongue
      • breathing problems
    • effects on heart
      • increased blood pressure
      • a fast or irregular heartbeat
      • chest pain
    • effects on nervous system
      • tremor
      • nervousness
    • bone thinning or weakness (osteoporosis)
    • eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams while using ADVAIR DISKUS.
    • changes in laboratory blood values (sugar, potassium, certain types of white blood cells)
  • Common side effects of ADVAIR DISKUS 250/50 for COPD include:
    • thrush in your mouth or throat
    • throat irritation
    • hoarseness and voice changes
    • viral respiratory infections
    • headache
    • muscle and bone pain
  • Rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after using ADVAIR DISKUS to help reduce your chance of getting thrush.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR ANORO ELLIPTA

  • ANORO is only approved for use in COPD. ANORO is NOT approved for use in asthma.
  • People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as vilanterol (one of the medicines in ANORO), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known if LABA medicines increase the risk of death in people with COPD.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR ANORO ELLIPTA

  • ANORO is only approved for use in COPD. ANORO is NOT approved for use in asthma.
  • People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as vilanterol (one of the medicines in ANORO), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known if LABA medicines increase the risk of death in people with COPD.
  • Call your healthcare provider if breathing problems worsen over time while using ANORO.
  • Get emergency medical care if your breathing worsens quickly or if use of your rescue inhaler does not relieve your breathing problems.
  • Do not use ANORO to treat sudden breathing problems. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms.
  • It is not known if ANORO is safe and effective in people with asthma.
  • Do not use ANORO if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins or any of the ingredients in ANORO. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
  • Do not use ANORO more often than prescribed.
  • Do not take ANORO with other medicines that contain a LABA or an anticholinergic for any reason. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take and about all of your health conditions.
  • ANORO can cause serious side effects, including:
    • sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling your medicine. If you experience this, stop using ANORO and call your healthcare provider right away.
    • serious allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any of the following symptoms:
      • rash
      • hives
      • swelling of your face, mouth, and tongue
      • breathing problems
    • effects on heart
      • increased blood pressure
      • a fast or irregular heartbeat, awareness of heartbeat
      • chest pain
    • effects on nervous system
      • tremor
      • nervousness
    • new or worsened eye problems, including acute narrow-angle glaucoma that can cause permanent loss of vision if not treated. Symptoms may include:
      • eye pain or discomfort
      • nausea or vomiting
      • blurred vision
      • seeing halos or bright colors around lights
      • red eyes

      If you have these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away before taking another dose.
    • urinary retention. People who take ANORO may develop new or worse urinary retention. Symptoms may include:
      • difficulty urinating
      • painful urination
      • urinating frequently
      • urination in a weak stream or drips

      If you have these symptoms, stop taking ANORO and call your healthcare provider right away before taking another dose.
    • changes in laboratory blood levels, including high levels of blood sugar and low levels of potassium
  • Common side effects of ANORO include:
    • sore throat
    • sinus infection
    • lower respiratory infection
    • common cold symptoms
    • constipation
    • diarrhea
    • pain in your arms or legs
    • muscle spasms
    • neck pain
    • chest pain
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.