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Expand APO-Azathioprine 23 Apr 2015
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Azathioprine tablets. It contains the active ingredient azathioprine.
It is used to:
help prevent the body from rejecting transplanted organs (e.g. a heart or kidney)
treat other diseases called autoimmune diseases where your immune system is reacting against your own body. These include:
severe rheumatoid arthritis
systemic lupus erythematosus
chronic active hepatitis
certain skin, muscle, and blood diseases.
Azathioprine is usually taken in combination with other medicines such as corticosteroids or other immunosuppressant's.
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

Azathioprine belongs to a group of medicines called immunosuppressant's. It works by suppressing the body's immune defence system.
Azathioprine helps prevent the rejection of a transplanted organ such as a kidney, liver or heart.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
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Expand APO-Azelastine/Fluticasone 10 Nov 2017
 
The name of your medicine is APO-AZELASTINE/FLUTICASONE 125/50 Nasal Spray. It contains the active ingredients azelastine hydrochloride and fluticasone propionate.
It is used to treat:
Allergic rhinitis (hayfever and other allergies.
Rhinoconjunctivitis (allergy-induced symptoms in the nose and eyes.
In adults and children 12 years and older where use of a combination (intranasal antihistamine and glucocorticoid) is appropriate.
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

Azelastine/Fluticasone 125/50 Nasal Spray relieves the symptoms of allergies, for example:
symptoms relating to the nose - runny nose, post nasal drip, sneezing, itchy or blocked nose
symptoms relating to the eyes - itchy, watery and red eyes.
Hayfever is an inflammation or swelling of the nose lining (which may cause blockage, runny nose, itching and/ or sneezing).
You may have symptoms only during spring or summer. This type of allergy is generally due to various pollens. Some people may experience symptoms all year round. This is usually caused by house dust mites, pets or moulds.

How it works

This medicine contains two active ingredients: azelastine hydrochloride and fluticasone propionate.
Azelastine hydrochloride belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines. Antihistamines work by preventing the effects of substances such as histamine that the body produces as part of an allergic reaction. This reduces symptoms of an allergic rhinitis.
Fluticasone propionate belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids which are used to help reduce inflammation.
Due to the fast relief and the anti-inflammatory effect, Azelastine/Fluticasone 125/50 Nasal Spray is more effective on symptoms relating to the nose and eyes than either antihistamine or corticosteroid therapy alone.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children under the age of 12 years.
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Expand APO-Azithromycin 03 May 2016
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Azithromycin. It contains the active ingredient azithromycin (as azithromycin dihydrate).
It is used to treat infections in different parts of the body caused by bacteria. It is commonly used to treat chlamydia.
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

Azithromycin is an antibiotic, which belongs to a group of medicines called azalides.
The azalides are a sub-class of a group of antibiotics called macrolides.
Azithromycin works by killing or stopping the growth of bacteria causing your infection.
Azithromycin will not work against viral infections such as colds or flu.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

There is not enough information to recommend the use of azithromycin tablets in children.
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Expand APO-Baclofen 26 Oct 2017
 
The name of your medicine is APO- Baclofen Tablets. It contains the active ingredient baclofen.
It is used to treat:
multiple sclerosis
spinal cord damage resulting from disease or physical injury.
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

Baclofen belongs to a group of medicines called muscle relaxants.
It is used to reduce excess tension in your muscles which causes spasms. Because this medicine reduces spasms and the pain that goes with them, it helps to make you more mobile. This helps you to manage your daily activities more easily.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

Baclofen should be used with extreme caution in children under 16 years of age as only limited information is available. Baclofen should not be used in children who weigh less than 33 kg.
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Expand APO-Betahistine 03 Dec 2014
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Betahistine Tablet. It contains the active ingredient betahistine dihydrochloride.
It is used to treat Meniere's Syndrome, a disorder of the inner ear.
Meniere's Syndrome may include one or more of the following symptoms, in one or both ears:
ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Loss of clear hearing
Problems with balance (vertigo)
These symptoms may also be associated with nausea and vomiting.
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.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may want to read it again.

How it works

Betahistine works by improving the blood flow of the inner ear and restoring it to normal. It also acts on the nerve endings in the inner ear to normalise the way in which the nerves respond to outside influences.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children less than 18 years of age.
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Expand APO-Bicalutamide 18 Apr 2016
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Bicalutamide. It contains the active ingredient bicalutamide.
It is used in combination with other medicines called LHRH agonists to treat advanced prostate cancer and to prevent a side effect of LHRH agonists.
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

Bicalutamide is an anti-androgen medicine. Androgens such as testosterone are natural male sex hormones. In some types of prostate cancer, androgens may help the
cancer cells to grow.
Bicalutamide interferes with some of the actions of these hormones.
Bicalutamide should only be taken by men.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine must not be used in children.
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Expand APO-Bisoprolol 20 May 2014
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Bisoprolol.
It contains the active ingredient bisoprolol fumarate.
It is used to treat heart failure. It is usually used in combination with other medicines.
Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is weak and unable to pump enough blood to supply the body's needs. Heart failure may start off with no symptoms, but as the condition progresses patients may feel short of breath and notice swelling of the feet and ankles due to fluid build up.
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 no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

How it works

Bisoprolol belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers.
These medicines work by affecting the body's response to some nerve impulses, especially in the heart. As a result, it decreases the heart's need for blood and oxygen and therefore reduces the amount of work the heart has to do.
Bisoprolol also slows your heart rate, which in turn increases the efficiency of your heart.
Bisoprolol can help to reduce the number of heart failure episodes needing hospital admission and also the risk of sudden death.

Use in children

Bisoprolol is not recommended for use in children, as the safety and efficacy in children have not been established.
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Expand APO-Cabergoline 28 Jan 2016
 
The name of your medicine is APO- Cabergoline tablets. It contains the active ingredient cabergoline.
It is used to:
treat abnormally high levels of prolactin (hyperprolactinaemia).
prevent the production of milk in women after birth, if breast feeding is to be prevented for medical reasons.
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

Cabergoline works by stimulating the receptors which inhibit the secretion of hormone known as prolactin, thus reducing your body's level of prolactin
Abnormally high prolactin may cause menstrual changes in women, impotence in men and breast changes in both sexes
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children under the age of 16 years.
The safety and effectiveness in children less than 16 years of age has not been established.
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Expand APO-Calcitriol 08 Jul 2016
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Calcitriol. It contains the active ingredient, calcitriol.
It is used to treat people with osteoporosis and to prevent osteoporosis in people taking oral corticosteroids.
It is also prescribed by doctors for the treatment of low blood calcium in patients with osteodystrophy (a form of bone disease), hypoparathyroidism (reduced function of the parathyroid glands) and rickets.

How it works

It works by improving absorption of calcium from the intestine and by stimulating growth of healthy bones.
There are many different types of medicines used to treat bone conditions.
Calcitriol occurs naturally in humans and is a biologically active form of vitamin D.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
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Expand APO-Candesartan 16 Aug 2018
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Candesartan. It contains the active ingredient candesartan cilexetil.
It is used to treat:
high blood pressure, also called hypertension.
heart failure - increase survival, reduce hospitalisation and improve symptoms. It is used in combination with other medicines to treat your condition.
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 no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

How it works

Candesartan is a type of medicine called an angiotensin II receptor inhibitor (or antagonist).
Hypertension:
All people have blood pressure. This pressure helps to push blood all around your body. Your blood pressure changes during the day, depending on how busy you are or how you are feeling.
You have hypertension (high blood pressure) when your blood pressure stays higher than is needed, even when you are calm and relaxed.
Regular blood pressure checks are the only way of knowing that you have hypertension. There are usually no symptoms of hypertension and you may feel fine. If hypertension is not treated, serious health problems such as stroke or heart attack and heart or kidney failure may occur.
Candesartan lowers blood pressure by dilating (expanding) small blood vessels from the heart, letting the blood be pumped around the body more easily.
Heart Failure:
Heart failure means that the heart muscle cannot pump blood strongly enough to supply all the blood needed throughout the body. Heart failure is not the same as heart attack and does not mean that the heart stops working.
Heart failure may start off with no symptoms, but as the condition progresses, patients may feel short of breath or may get tired easily after light physical activity such as walking. Some patients may wake up short of breath at night. Fluid may collect in different parts of the body, often first noticed as swollen ankles and feet.
Candesartan helps to treat heart failure and may improve your symptoms.
One of the ways candesartan helps heart failure is that it widens the blood vessels, so that the heart does not have to pump as hard to move the blood around the body. This also means that when you place extra demands on your heart, such as during exercise, the heart may cope better so you may not get short of breath as easily.
When used to treat heart failure, candesartan is almost always used with other medicines called diuretics or fluid tablets. These medicines help the kidney to get rid of excess fluid from the body.

Use in children

There is no information about its use in children, so candesartan is not recommended for children
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