Trelegy Ellipta is a combination of fluticasone furoate, an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS); umeclidinium, an anticholinergic; and vilanterol, a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA), indicated for the maintenance treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
This inhaler contains three medications: fluticasone, umeclidinium, and vilanterol. Fluticasone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by reducing swelling of the airways in the lungs to make breathing easier. Umeclidinium belongs to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics, and vilanterol is a LABA medication. Both drugs work by relaxing the muscles around the airways so that they open up and you can breathe more easily. Both drugs are also known as bronchodilators.
When used alone, long-acting beta-agonists (such as vilanterol) may rarely increase the risk of serious (sometimes fatal) asthma-related breathing problems. However, combination products containing both an inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta-agonist, such as this product, do not increase the risk of serious asthma-related breathing problems. This product should be used for asthma treatment when breathing problems are not well controlled with two asthma-control medications (such as inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta-agonist) or if your symptoms need combination treatment. Ensure you mention to your doctor if you are taking any medications whatsoever. This includes weight-loss medication such as Saxenda and Trulicity.
This medication must be used regularly to be effective. It does not work right away and should not be used to relieve sudden shortness of breath. If sudden breathing problems occur, use your quick-relief inhaler as prescribed. Speak to your doctor about mixing Trelegy and insulin vials, pens or cartridges together.