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What are the approved uses for BREO 100/25 for COPD?

BREO ELLIPTA 100/25 is a prescription medicine used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. BREO ELLIPTA 100/25 is used long term as 1 inhalation 1 time each day to improve symptoms of COPD for better breathing and to reduce the number of flare-ups (the worsening of your COPD symptoms for several days). BREO is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won’t replace a rescue inhaler.

How does BREO help me breathe better?

Once-daily BREO helps improve lung function by opening up the airways in your lungs for a full 24 hours to help improve COPD symptoms so you can breathe better. Your results may vary.

Can BREO reduce my risk of flare-ups (also known as exacerbations)?

If you have a history of flare-ups (also known as exacerbations), BREO can help reduce your risk of future flare-ups. Flare-ups are when COPD symptoms are worse than usual for several days and require steroids (oral or injectable), antibiotics, and/or a hospital stay. Your results may vary.

What is BREO?

BREO ELLIPTA combines an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) medicine, fluticasone furoate, and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicine, vilanterol.

  • ICS medicines, such as fluticasone furoate, help to decrease inflammation in the lungs. Inflammation in the lungs can lead to breathing problems.
  • LABA medicines, such as vilanterol, help the muscles around the airways in your lungs stay relaxed to prevent symptoms such as wheezing, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can happen when the muscles around the airways tighten. This makes it hard to breathe.

I thought the inhaler contained 60 doses of medicine. Why does the dose counter start at 30 rather than 60?

  • Each inhaler of BREO contains 30 doses, which equals a 30-day supply. That's why your dose counter starts at 30.
  • You may see the quantity "60" mentioned in printouts about your prescription. The reason is that each dose is a combination of the two medicines in BREO.

What time should I take BREO during the day?

Use 1 inhalation of BREO ELLIPTA 1 time each day. Use BREO ELLIPTA at the same time each day. If you miss a dose of BREO ELLIPTA, 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 one time.

What are the common side effects of BREO 100/25 for COPD?

Common side effects of BREO 100/25 for COPD include:

  • runny nose and sore throat
  • upper respiratory tract infection
  • headache
  • thrush in your mouth or throat. Rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after use to help prevent this

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 BREO ELLIPTA. 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.

If my symptoms are better since taking BREO, can I stop taking it?

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

Can I save money on my prescription(s) for BREO?

Yes, you may be eligible to get your first 30-day prescription for free or save on your next prescription or refill of BREO. To find out if you qualify, read the Eligibility Requirements.

What is My BREO My Support?

My BREO My Support is a support program that offers information about BREO and COPD, helpful tips, and potential savings on BREO. Learn more and sign up here.

What is COPD?

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a condition that makes it hard to breathe, and worsens over time. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both.

  • Chronic bronchitis is increased cough and mucus production caused by inflammation of the airways. Bronchitis is considered chronic (or long term) if a person coughs and produces excess mucus most days during three months in a year, for two years in a row.
  • Emphysema is damage to the air sacs and/or the smallest airways in the lungs.

COPD could also include episodes called flare-ups, also known as exacerbations. Flare-ups are when your symptoms, like shortness of breath, coughing, mucus (sputum) production, and wheezing, are worse than usual. COPD flare-ups occur when symptoms become worse over several days.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as vilanterol (one of the medicines in BREO), 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

  • People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as vilanterol (one of the medicines in BREO), 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 BREO.
  • Get emergency medical care if your breathing problems worsen quickly, or if you use your rescue inhaler but it does not relieve your breathing problems.
  • Do not use BREO to relieve sudden breathing problems. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms.
  • Do not use BREO if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins or are allergic to any of the ingredients in BREO. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
  • Do not use BREO more often than prescribed.
  • Do not take BREO 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.
  • BREO can cause serious side effects, including:
    • fungal infection in your mouth or throat (thrush). Rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after using BREO to help reduce your chance of getting thrush.
    • pneumonia. People with COPD have a higher chance of getting pneumonia. BREO 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, consult your healthcare provider without delay. Worsening of existing tuberculosis, fungal, bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections, or herpes infection of the eye may occur.
    • reduced adrenal function (adrenal insufficiency). This can happen when you stop taking an oral corticosteroid (such as prednisone) and start taking a medicine containing an inhaled corticosteroid (such as BREO). 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 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 taking BREO 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, awareness of 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 BREO.
    • changes in laboratory blood values (sugar, potassium).
  • Common side effects of BREO 100/25 for COPD include:
    • runny nose and sore throat
    • upper respiratory tract infection
    • headache
    • thrush in your mouth or throat. Rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after use to help prevent this

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.