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Your doctor may prescribe Incruse Ellipta if you are still having breathing difficulties caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Incruse Ellipta contains Umeclidinium, a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) and is usually used along with a corticosteroid inhaler as it’s important that you also take care of the inflammation in your airways that can cause irritation.
When inhaled as directed, Incruse Ellipta will work to inhibit a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine from binding to the muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. The result of this action will stop the contractions of the muscles that surround the airways in your lungs so they stay dilated and make breathing easier. Using Incruse Ellipta once-a-day as prescribed may also help to reduce the mucus produced by your airways.
COPD is a collective name for two chronic lung conditions that cause permanent damage and make breathing a struggle at times. The first is chronic bronchitis that involves inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes and the eventual scarring that can greatly reduce the amount of air that can flow to and from your lungs. The long-term irritation will result in an increase in the amount of mucus, which is the perfect spot for bacteria to grow and further impair your breathing.
Emphysema is the other lung condition that can take years to develop. Over time, the tiny air sacs are damaged and your lungs cannot transfer a proper amount of oxygen to your bloodstream and you may have difficulties exhaling as your lungs lose their elasticity. There is no cure for emphysema or chronic bronchitis, but using Incruse Ellipta with other prescribed meds as per your doctor can allow you to breathe easier and carry on with your day.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding as there could be risks to your unborn or nursing baby. Report other medical conditions or allergies to your doctor and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently use or take, including naturopathic therapies and alternative medicine, to determine if Incruse Ellipta is the right drug for your situation. An ingredient of Incruse Ellipta is lactose so tell your doctor if you have an intolerance to milk protein or some sugars.
Incruse Ellipta is long-acting and not fast-acting so you will need to use a rescue inhaler for any sudden breathing problems. Everyone reacts differently to medication so use caution working with or around tools or machinery and be certain you are able to drive before getting behind the wheel.
Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of your medications without discussing this with your doctor first as this could affect how Incruse Ellipta works for you. Keep all medications out of children’s reach and never share meds with anyone else.