Like most medicines, Trelegy Ellipta can cause mild or severe side effects. The lists below describe some of its most common side effects. These lists do not include all possible side effects.
Keep in mind that the side effects of a medicine can depend on:
- your age
- other health problems you have
- other medicines you are taking
Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you more about the potential side effects of Trelegy Ellipta. They can also suggest ways to help reduce side effects.
Mild side effects
Here is a short list of some of the mild side effects that Trelegy Ellipta can cause. For more information about other mild side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or read the Package Leaflet for Trelegy Ellipta. prescribing information.
Mild side effects of Trelegy Ellipta that have been reported include:
Mild side effects may disappear within a few days to a few weeks. But if they become bothersome, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects
Serious side effects from Trelegy Ellipta can occur, but they are not common. If you have serious side effects from Trelegy Ellipta, call your doctor right away. If you think you have a medical emergency, you should call 911 or your local emergency number.
Serious side effects of Trelegy Ellipta that have been reported include:
*For more information on this side effect, see the “Side Effects Focus” section below.
Focus on side effects
Learn more about some of the side effects Trelegy Ellipta can cause.
Lily of the valley
It is possible that Trelegy Ellipta causes thrush. It is a fungal yeast infection that develops in the mouth or throat. Thrush was not common in studies by Trelegy Ellipta.
Symptoms of thrush can include:
- a bad taste in the mouth
- burning sensation or pain in the mouth
- dry mouth
- loss of taste
- difficulty swallowing
- white or yellow spots and bumps on the inside of your cheeks, gums, lips, tongue, or tonsils
Thrush is a known side effect of a group of medications called inhaled corticosteroids. One of the active medicines in Trelegy Ellipta*, fluticasone, is an inhaled corticosteroid.
* An active drug is an ingredient that makes a drug work. Trelegy Ellipta contains three active drugs.
What might help
To reduce your risk of thrush, rinse your mouth out with water and spit the water out (do not swallow it) after each dose of Trelegy Ellipta.
If you develop symptoms of thrush, contact your doctor. If they confirm you have an infection, they may prescribe an antifungal medication. Examples include nystatin (Nystop) and fluconazole.
Your doctor will recommend whether you should continue to use Trelegy Ellipta if you suffer from thrush. They may ask you to suspend treatment with Trelegy Ellipta until your infection is treated.
Increased blood pressure
High blood pressure is a possible side effect of Trelegy Ellipta. It is not known how often this has happened in people taking the drug in studies. This side effect is caused by vilanterol, one of the three active drugs* in Trelegy Ellipta.
High blood pressure caused by Trelegy Ellipta is usually not serious. Possible symptoms include headaches or shortness of breath. A slight increase in blood pressure may cause no noticeable symptoms.
If you already have a heart problem, high blood pressure could make your condition worse. It could also increase your risk of other heart problems, such as a heart attack. See section ‘What to consider before taking Trelegy Ellipta?’ » below for more details.
* An active drug is an ingredient that makes a drug work.
What might help
Before you start treatment with Trelegy Ellipta, your doctor will assess your risk of side effects, including high blood pressure.
Be sure to tell your doctor if you already have high blood pressure or an existing heart problem. This helps them determine if Trelegy Ellipta is safe for you.
While you are using Trelegy Ellipta your doctor may want you to monitor your blood pressure. They will provide you with details, such as the frequency of verification. They will also tell you what to do if your blood pressure increases.
If you develop high blood pressure while using Trelegy Ellipta, your doctor may prescribe medicine to manage this.
Sudden difficulty in breathing
In rare cases, you may experience sudden difficulty breathing after taking a dose of Trelegy Ellipta. This is called bronchospasm. This is a possible side effect of any inhaler.
Symptoms of bronchospasm may include any of the following immediately after using your inhaler:
What might help
If you have difficulty breathing after using Trelegy Ellipta, take a dose from your reliever inhaler immediately. Albuterol (ProAir HFAProventil-HFA) is a common example of a rescue inhaler.
If your symptoms are life-threatening, call 911 (or your local emergency number) or get immediate medical help.
If you have sudden breathing difficulties with Trelegy Ellipta, your doctor will probably ask you to stop using this medicine permanently. They can recommend other treatment options for your condition.
Some people may have an allergic reaction to Trelegy Ellipta. This was not reported in studies of Trelegy Ellipta, but has occurred since the drug was approved.
Symptoms of a mild allergic reaction may include:
- itchy skin
- rinsing (temporary warmth, redness or deepening of skin color)
A more serious allergic reaction is rare but possible. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction can include swelling under the skin, usually on the eyelids, lips, hands or feet. They can also include swelling of the tongue, mouth, or throat, which can lead to difficulty breathing.
Call your doctor right away if you have an allergic reaction to Trelegy Ellipta. But if you think you have a medical emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number.