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Relvar Ellipta frequently asked questions

This page is specifically for patients who have been prescribed Relvar Ellipta. If you are not a patient please return to the public website.

If your question is not listed then please talk to your doctor for more advice.

Do I still take Relvar Ellipta even when I am feeling better?

Yes, as Relvar Ellipta is a preventative medicine, it will only be effective for as long as you are using it. Therefore, Relvar Ellipta should be used every day and not only when you have breathing problems or other symptoms of COPD and asthma. Do not stop using Relvar Ellipta unless your doctor advises you to, even when you are symptom-free.1

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Why do I only need to take it once a day?

Relvar’s ingredients have effect for 24 hours, so for Relvar to work properly, you need to take it once a day, at the same time every day.1

When should I take Relvar Ellipta?

It is very important that you use this medicine every day, as instructed by your doctor. You can take Relvar Ellipta at any time but make sure you take it at the same time every day. This will help to keep you free of symptoms throughout the day and night.1

What do I do if I miss a dose?

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you do forget to take your dose of Relvar Ellipta, take your next dose at the usual time.1

How can I remember to take my medicine?

Try to build Relvar Ellipta into your daily routine. Some people find that taking it before brushing their teeth in the morning can help jog their memory. In the mean-time, you could set a reminder on your mobile phone, stick a post-it note inside your front door, or ask a family member to remind you.1

What are the side effects?

Please see the side effects section of the site to find out more.

Can I share my medicine with another asthmatic or person with COPD?

No. Relvar Ellipta has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass Relvar Ellipta on to others as it may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours. You will need to take every daily dose of Relvar Ellipta for your own treatment. If you are taking Relvar Ellipta everyday as you ought to, you should use 12 Relvar Ellipta inhalers per year.1

Can I still drive and operate machinery?

Relvar Ellipta is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or use machines.1

Can I take Relvar Ellipta if I’m pregnant?

Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant unless your Doctor tells you that you can. Relvar Ellipta should only be considered for pregnant women if the expected benefits outweigh the risks. If you are pregnant, if you think you may be pregnant, or if you are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine.1

Can I take Relvar Ellipta if I’m breast-feeding?

It is not known whether this medicine can pass into breast milk. Therefore a risk to breast fed infants cannot be ruled out. If you are breast-feeding, check with your doctor before you take Relvar Ellipta.1

Does Relvar Ellipta contain lactose?

Yes. If you have been diagnosed with an intolerance to some sugars, or to milk protein, talk to your doctor before you use this medicine.1


  1. Relvar Ellipta Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) available at
    Last accessed: January 2024

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