Anoro Ellipta: A New Option for COPD Sufferers

FDA approves Anoro ElliptaThere is good news for COPD sufferers who may be wishing for a more effective medication:  the FDA has approved a new medication for treating COPD called Anoro Ellipta.

How does this new COPD medication work?

Anoro Ellipta works by letting the muscles around the lungs’ airways stay relaxed.  This increases airflow with patients who have COPD.  This medication is meant to be used one time daily for long-term maintenance of good airflow.

How does Anoro Ellipta work in comparison with other medications?

Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, says that the new medication is a “unique combination” of two drugs that are already being used to treat COPD. He says, “It combines a drug similar to Spiriva and a [long-acting beta agonist] as found in Advair.  There is no steroid in Anoro Ellipta.”

Dr. Charles Powell, a lung specialist, states that the FDA approval is a “promising development for patients with COPD” and notes that other countries in Europe already allow this type of bronchodilator.  “Combining two effective bronchodilators can result in improved lung function and medication compliance compared to traditional COPD inhaled medications,” Powell said.

What are possible side effects from using Anoro Ellipta?

The most common side effects reported included sore throat, sinus infection, lower respiratory tract infection, constipation, diarrhea, pain in extremities, muscle spasms, neck pain, and chest pain.  Other serious but less common side effects include narrowing and obstruction of the airway, cardiovascular effects, increased pressure in the eyes and worsening of urinary retention.

Can I use Anoro Ellipta for my asthma?

Absolutely not.  This medication is approved only for treating COPD, and is not to be used as a rescue treatment for sudden breathing problems.

If you are looking for a better solution for your COPD, Anoro Ellipta may be something worth considering with your physician.  We welcome any questions you may have about the medication.


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