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Expand Entecavir APO CMI 21 May 2019
 
The name of your medicine is Entecavir APO tablets. It contains the active ingredient entecavir and belongs to a group of medicines called antiviral medicines.
It is used to treat chronic hepatitis B virus infection in adults 16 years or older.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.

How it works

Infection by the hepatitis B virus can lead to damage to the liver. Entecavir reduces the amount of virus in your body and has been shown to improve the condition of the liver.
It is not known how safe entecavir is when taken for long periods.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children under 16 years as safety and effectiveness have not been established.
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Expand Pantoprazole APOTEX CMI 17 May 2019
 
Pantoprazole belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs work by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach makes, to give relief from symptoms and allow healing to take place.
Ulcers
Pantoprazole is used to treat and help heal duodenal and gastric ulcers.
Depending on the position of the ulcer, it is called a gastric or duodenal ulcer. A gastric ulcer occurs in the stomach. A duodenal ulcer occurs in the duodenum which is the tube leading out of the stomach. These can be caused in part by too much acid being made in the stomach.
Pantoprazole may also be used to prevent ulcers associated with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These are medicines used to relieve pain, swelling and other symptoms of inflammation, including arthritis (inflammation of the joints).
Reflux disease
Pantoprazole is used to treat reflux oesophagitis or reflux disease. This can be caused by "washing back" (reflux) of food and acid from the stomach into the food pipe, also known as the oesophagus.
Reflux can cause a burning sensation in the chest rising up to the throat, also known as heartburn.
Pantoprazole is also used to prevent reflux oesophagitis from coming back.
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
Pantoprazole is used to treat a rare condition called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, where the stomach produces very large amounts of acid, much more than in ulcers and reflux disease.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
This medicine is not addictive.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children.
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Expand APOHEALTH Pantoprazole Heartburn Relief CMI 15 May 2019
 
Pantoprazole is used for symptomatic relief of frequent heartburn and stomach acid complaints due to gastro-oesophageal reflux.
Reflux can be caused by "washing back" (reflux) of food and acid from the stomach into the food pipe, also known as the oesophagus.
Reflux can cause a burning sensation in the chest rising up to the throat, also known as heartburn.
Frequent heartburn is when you have heartburn for two or more days a week. Heartburn that occurs frequently is a typical symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

How it works

Pantoprazole belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach makes to give relief from the symptoms of reflux and heartburn.
This medicine will start to suppress acid within a few hours, however it will not give instant symptom relief. You may need to take it for a few days before experiencing the full effect.
This medicine is recommended for adults suffering from heartburn at least two times a week. It is not the right medicine for you if you suffer heartburn only occasionally (one episode of heartburn a week or less), or if you want immediate relief of heartburn.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about why this medicine has been recommended for you.
This medicine is a "Pharmacist Only Medicine". It is available without a doctor's prescription, but your pharmacist's advice is required.
This medicine is not addictive.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children under 18 years of age.
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Expand Anagrelide APOTEX CMI 02 May 2019
 
ANAGRELIDE APOTEX Capsules contain a medicine called anagrelide hydrochloride which acts upon the bone marrow and prevents it from producing too many of the blood cells known as "platelets".
In a disease such as "thrombocythaemia", the bone marrow produces too many of these cells, and the very large numbers of platelets in the blood can cause serious problems with blood circulation. By preventing too many platelets from being made, ANAGRELIDE APOTEX can help prevent these problems.
Your doctor may have prescribed ANAGRELIDE APOTEX for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why
ANAGRELIDE APOTEX have been prescribed for you.
ANAGRELIDE APOTEX are not addictive.
ANAGRELIDE APOTEX are only available on a doctor's prescription.
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Expand Humira PFS CMI 29 Apr 2019
 
Humira is used for the treatment of:
Rheumatoid arthritis
Humira is used to reduce the signs and symptoms of moderate to severely active rheumatoid arthritis, a painful disease of the joints, as well as slow down and protect against damage to joints. Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include joint pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness.
Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Humira is used for reducing the signs and symptoms of moderately to severely active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, which is an inflammatory disease involving multiple joints, in patients 2 years of age and older.
Enthesitis-related arthritis
Humira is used to treat enthesitis-related arthritis, an inflammatory disease of the joints in children.
Psoriatic arthritis
Humira is used to reduce the signs and symptoms, as well as inhibit the progression of joint damage of moderate to severely active psoriatic arthritis, a disease of the joints and skin, with some similarities to rheumatoid arthritis, as well as psoriasis and other factors.
Ankylosing spondylitis
Humira is used to reduce the signs and symptoms in patients with active ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory disease of the spine. Signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis include back pain and morning stiffness.
Crohn's Disease
Humira is used for the treatment of moderate to severe Crohn's disease, an inflammatory disease of the digestive tract, in adults and children aged 6 years and above to reduce the signs and symptoms of the disease and to induce and maintain periods where the symptoms are no longer present. Humira can be given to patients who have not responded well enough to conventional therapies, or who have lost response to or are intolerant to infliximab (another medicine used to treat Crohn's disease).
Ulcerative Colitis
Humira is used for the treatment of moderate to severe ulcerative colitis an inflammatory bowel disease, in patients who have not responded well enough to conventional therapy or who are intolerant to or have medical contraindications for such therapies. Patients should show a response within 8 weeks to continue treatment.
Psoriasis
Humira is used to treat chronic plaque psoriasis, an inflammatory disease of the skin. Plaque psoriasis can also affect nails, causing them to crumble, thicken and lift away from the nail bed which can be painful. Humira is used for moderate to severe forms of the disease in adults and severe forms in children and adolescents from 4 years of age who have not responded well enough to topical therapy and phototherapy, or who cannot be given those treatments.
Hidradenitis suppurativa
Humira is used for the treatment of adult and adolescents from 12 years of age with active moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa (acne inversa), a chronic and often painful inflammatory skin disease. Symptoms may include tender nodules (lumps) and abscesses (boils) that may leak pus. It most commonly affects specific areas of the skin, such as under the breasts, the armpits, inner thighs, groin and buttocks. Scarring may also occur in affected areas. Your doctor will schedule follow-up appointments to check on your progress to continue treatment.
Uveitis
Humira is used to treat non-infectious intermediate, posterior and pan-uveitis, an inflammatory disease of the uveal tract of the eye. Humira is used in adults who have not responded well to corticosteroids or whose disease flares when they taper off corticosteroids. Signs and symptoms include inflammation, vision impairment and pain.
The active ingredient in this medicine is adalimumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody. Monoclonal antibodies are proteins made by a type of blood cell to fight a foreign protein in the body. Adalimumab recognises and binds to a specific protein (tumour necrosis factor or TNF-alpha), which is present at increased levels in inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, enthesitis-related arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, psoriasis and uveitis.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is not addictive.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
The long term effects of Humira on the growth and development of children is not known.
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Expand Orfadin Oral Suspension CMI 16 Apr 2019
 
ORFADIN contains a medicine called nitisinone which is used for the treatment of a disease called hereditary tyrosinaemia type 1 (HT-1). In this disease the body is unable to completely break down the amino acid tyrosine. Harmful substances will be formed and accumulated in the body.
ORFADIN blocks the breakdown of tyrosine and by doing so the harmful substances are not formed. However, tyrosine will remain in the body and therefore a special diet (with low tyrosine and phenylalanine content) must be followed when taking ORFADIN.
Nitisinone belongs to a group of medicines called 'other alimentary and metabolism products'.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
ORFADIN is not addictive.
ORFADIN is available only with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand BTC Amlodipine CMI 11 Apr 2019
 
Amlodipine is used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension) or treat angina. It belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers.

How it works

Amlodipine works by widening your blood vessels, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around the body and help increase the supply of blood and oxygen to your heart.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is not enough information to recommend using amlodipine in children.
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Expand Amlodipine APOTEX CMI 11 Apr 2019
 
Amlodipine is used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension) or treat angina. It belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers.

How it works

Amlodipine works by widening your blood vessels, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around the body and help increase the supply of blood and oxygen to your heart.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is not enough information to recommend using amlodipine in children.
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Expand Rasagiline-Teva CMI 11 Apr 2019
 
Rasagiline-Teva is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. It can be taken with or without dopamine agonist or levodopa therapy.
Parkinson's disease is a condition of the brain that mainly affects body movement. The three main symptoms of Parkinson's disease are:
Shaking (tremor)
Muscle stiffness
Slow and unsteady movement
In Parkinson's disease, there is a loss of cells producing dopamine in certain areas in the brain.
Rasagiline-Teva works by increasing and maintaining the level of dopamine in your brain which will decrease symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription. It is not addictive.
Rasagiline-Teva should not be given to children under 18 years of age as there is no specific information about such use. Always ask your doctor before giving medicines to children.
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Expand Testavan CMI 09 Apr 2019
 
TESTAVAN is used to replace the body's natural hormone, testosterone, when not enough is made by the body.
Testosterone is a natural male hormone, known as an androgen, which controls normal sexual development and function in men.
Testosterone is essential for the development and maintenance of the male reproductive organs as well as other male characteristics, such as facial and body hair growth, deep voice, sexual drive, muscle mass and body fat distribution.
TESTAVAN is a testosterone-containing gel that is applied daily by the patient to the skin of the upper arm and shoulder. The testosterone passes from the gel through the skin and into the bloodstream at a steady rate.
The testosterone in TESTAVAN is identical to the naturally-occurring testosterone present in the body.
A doctor's prescription is required to obtain the medicine.
This medicine is not addictive. This medicine is not expected to affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
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Expand Dexmedetomidine-Teva CMI 03 Apr 2019
 

Intensive Care Sedation

Dexmedetomidine can be used as a sedative (calming agent) if adults need to be calm or sleepy in the Intensive Care Unit whilst they are being ventilated (on a breathing machine). It may be given as an infusion up to 24 hours.

Procedural Sedation

Dexmedetomidine can be given to adults prior to an operation if they are not on a ventilator (breathing machine) if it is required for the procedure or surgery that they be sleepy and calm.
This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called alpha-2-receptor agonists. This medicine works by its actions on brain chemicals.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
Dexmedetomidine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand APO-Clomipramine CMI 29 Mar 2019
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Clomipramine. It contains the active ingredient, clomipramine (as clomipramine hydrochloride).
It is used to treat:
depression
obsessive compulsive disorders and phobias in adults
cataplexy associated with narcolepsy (sudden muscle weakness associated with an uncontrollable desire to sleep).
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.

How it works

Clomipramine belongs to a group of medicines called tricyclic antidepressants.
These medicines are thought to work by their action on brain chemicals called amines which are involved in controlling mood.

Use in children

There is not enough information to recommend using this medicine in children and adolescents younger than 18 years.
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Expand APO-Clomipramine PI 29 Mar 2019