Using an Ellipta inhaler

  1. Check dose counter window. If the window is red, it is time to get a new Ellipta inhaler.
  2. Slide the cover down to expose the mouthpiece until you hear a ‘click’.
  3. Hold the inhaler away from your mouth and breathe out fully.
  4. Put the mouthpiece firmly between your lips.
  5. Take one long steady breath in through your mouth. Hold your breath for about five seconds or as long as you are comfortable.
  6. While holding your breath, remove the inhaler from your mouth.
  7. Breathe out slowly and gently, away from the inhaler.
  8. Slide the cover up and over the mouthpiece as far as it will go, to close inhaler.
  9. Rinse your mouth with water and spit out if you are using a corticosteroid-containing Ellipta inhaler. This reduces side effects such as a husky voice, sore throat, or fungal growth inside the mouth (oral thrush).

Note: Do not open or close the mouthpiece cover unless you are about to use your inhaler; if the mouthpiece is closed, the dose is lost.

Caring for your Ellipta inhaler

  • Wipe the mouthpiece with a clean, dry tissue.
  • Do not wash the mouthpiece or allow it to get wet when cleaning.
  • Close the cover when not in use.

When to get a new Ellipta inhaler

There is a dose counter window on the front of the Ellipta inhaler. When the window turns red, it is time to get a new Ellipta inhaler.

For a useful ‘How to’ video visit the National Asthma Council Australia.