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How to use Ellipta

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Using your inhaler properly is important when you have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

This short clip shows you how to use an Ellipta.


An Ellipta is used with a number of different medications. These include:

Checklist of steps

  1. Check dose counter. (Do not shake at any time.) 
  2. Slide cover down until a click is heard. 
  3. Breathe out gently (away from inhaler).
  4. Put mouthpiece in mouth and close lips to form a good seal. (Do not block air vent with fingers.) 
  5. Breathe in steadily and deeply. 
  6. Hold breath for 5 seconds or as long as comfortable. 
  7. While holding breath, remove inhaler from mouth. 
  8. Breathe out gently (away from inhaler).
  9. Slide the cover upwards as far as it will go, to cover the mouthpiece. 

Potential errors


Getting the most out of your inhaler

Ask your doctor, pharmacist or asthma & respiratory educator to:

Different brands of inhalers sometimes have slightly different instructions to each other for similar steps. The checklists in our How-to video library have been simplified and standardised where possible to reduce confusion.

Your inhaler will come with instructions in the package. Always check the package insert for any specific instructions.

Other inhaler types

See our complete How-to video library for other inhaler types and how to use them.


Thanks to Ms Judi Wicking, asthma and respiratory educator, and the patient who participated in this film clip.

Development of this How-to video was supported by an untied educational grant from GSK Australia. The National Asthma Council Australia retained editorial control.


Although all care has been taken, this video is a general guide only, which is not a substitute for assessment of appropriate courses of treatment on a case-by-case basis. The National Asthma Council Australia expressly disclaims all responsibility (including for negligence) for any loss, damage or personal injury resulting from reliance on the information contained herein.