Trade Name(s)

  • Anoro Ellipta

Ther. Class.

Pharm. Class.
long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonists (LABAs)


Maintenance management of airflow obstruction in patients with COPD.


 Umeclidinium–  acts as an anticholinergic by inhibiting M3 muscarinic receptors in bronchial smooth muscle resulting in bronchodilation vilanterol–  a beta2 -adrergic agonist stimulates adenyl cyclase, resulting in accumulation of cyclic adenosine monophosphate at beta2 –adrenergic receptors resulting in bronchodilation.

Therapeutic Effect(s):

Bronchodilation with decreased airflow obstruction.


Absorption:  Umeclidinium– minimal oral absorption; remainder of absorption occurs in lungs;  vilanterol– minimal oral absorption; remainder of absorption occurs in lungs. Total amount of systemic absorption of both drugs is small.

Distribution: Unknown.

Metabolism and Excretion:  Umeclidinium– primarily metabolized by CYP2D6, metabolites do not contribute to bronchodilation;  vilanterol– primarily metabolized by CYP3A4, metabolites do not contribute to bronchodilation.

Half-life:  Umeclidinium– 11 hr;  vilanterol– 11 hr.

TIME/ACTION PROFILE (bronchodilation)

umeclidinium –Inhaln unknown2–4 hr24 hr
vilanterol–Inhalnunknown2–4 hr24 hr


Contraindicated in:

  • Severe/acute symptoms of airflow obstruction
  • Severe hypersensitivity to milk proteins or other ingredients;
  • Concurrent use with other anticholinergics;
  • Lactation: Discontinue drug or discontinue breastfeeding.

Use Cautiously in:

  • Concurrent use with strong inhibitors of CYP3A4 (↑ risk of cardiovascular adverse reactions)
  • Narrow-angle glaucoma (may cause acute angle closure);
  • History of seizures;
  • Thyrotoxicosis;
  • History of cardiovascular disorders (coronary insufficiency, arrhythmias, hypertension;
  • Urinary retention, prostatic hyperplasia, bladder-neck obstruction);
  • Severe hepatic impairment
  • Geri:  Elderly patients may be more sensitive to drug effects;
  • OB:  Use during pregnancy only if potential benefit justifies potential fetal risk;
  • Pedi:  Safe and effective use in children has not been established.

Exercise Extreme Caution in:

Concurrent use with MAOIs or tricyclic antidepressants (↑ risk of adverse cardiovascular reactions from vilanterol).

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects


CNS: headache, vertigo

Resp: cough, pharyngitis, sinusitis

CV: chest pain, pleuritic pain

GI: abdominal pain, nausea

MS: arthralgia, back pain, extremity pain, muscle spasms, neck pain

Misc: hypersensitivity reactions, tooth pain


EENT: acute narrow-angle glaucoma


CV: chest pain

GU: urinary retention


CV: arrhythmias, ECG changes, hypertension

Endo: hyperglycemia

F and E: hypokalemia


* CAPITALS indicate life-threatening.
Underline indicate most frequent.



  • ↑ risk of adverse anticholinergic adverse reactions when used concurrently with other  anticholinergics  (avoid concurrent use).
  • Concurrent use with  MAOIs  or  tricyclic antidepressants  ↑ risk of adverse cardiovascular reactions from vilanterol (use with extreme caution).
  • Concurrent use with  strong CYP3A4 inhibitors  including  ketoconazole  may ↑ risk of adverse cardiovascular effects (use cautiously).
  • Concurrent use with  non-potassium sparing diuretics  may ↑ risk of hypokalemia and adverse cardiovascular reactions (use cautiously).
  • Concurrent use with beta blockers  may ↓ effectiveness and cause severe bronchospasm (use cautiously).
  • Should not be used concurrently with any other  long-acting beta2 -adrenergic blockers.


Inhaln (Adults): One inhalation (umeclidinium 62.5 mcg/vilanterol 25 mcg) once daily.


Inhalation powder (contains lactose): umeclidinium 62.5 mcg/vilanterol 25 mcg in a two-strip blister per dose


  • Assess lung sounds, pulse, and BP before administration and periodically during therapy.
  • Observe for paradoxical bronchospasm (wheezing, dyspnea, tightness in chest) and hypersensitivity reaction (rash; urticaria; swelling of the face, lips, or eyelids). If condition occurs, discontinue medication, notify health care professional immediately, and treat symptomatically.
  • Assess for signs and symptoms of acute narrow-angle glaucoma (eye pain or discomfort, blurred vision, visual halos or colored images in association with red eyes from conjunctival congestion and corneal edema). Notify health care professional immediately if symptoms occur.

Lab Test Considerations:

May cause hypokelamia and hyperglycemia.

Potential Diagnoses


  • See medication administration techniques for administration of inhalation medications. Once removed from foil tray, discard inhaler when counter reads 0 or 6 wk have passed, whichever comes first. Inhaler is not reusable; do not attempt to take inhaler apart.
    • When umeclidinium/vilanterol is administered concurrently with other inhalation medications, administer short-acting adrenergic bronchodilators first, followed by umeclidinium/vilanterol, then corticosteroids. Wait 5 min between medications.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Instruct patient in proper use of inhaler and to take medication at the same time each day as directed. Do not stop without consulting health care professional. Take missed doses as soon as remembered during day. Do not double doses or take 2 doses in 1 day. Advise patient to read  Medication Guide and Instructions for Use  before starting therapy and with each Rx refill in case of changes.
  • Instruct patient using never to exhale into inhaler device and always to hold device in a level horizontal position. Mouthpiece should be kept dry; never wash.
  • Caution patient not to use umeclidinium/vilanterol to treat asthma or acute symptoms. A rapid-acting inhaled beta-adrenergic bronchodilator should be used for relief of acute attacks.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional immediately if difficulty in breathing persists after use of umeclidinium/vilanterol, if condition worsens, or if more inhalations of rapid-acting bronchodilator than usual are needed to relieve an acute attack.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional if signs and symptoms of urinary retention (difficulty urinating, painful urination, urinating frequently, urination in a weak stream or drips) or palpitations, chest pain, rapid heart rate, tremor, or nervousness occur
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to consult with health care professional before taking other medications.
  • Advise female patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding.
  • Emphasize the importance of regular follow-up exams to determine progress during therapy.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

Decreased dyspnea
  • Improved breath sounds in patients with COPD.
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