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Product name Date released
Expand APO-Azathioprine 27 Feb 2019
 
Azathioprine is used to help prevent the body from rejecting transplanted organs, such as a heart or kidney.
It is also used to treat 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.

How it works

Azathioprine belongs to a group of medicines called immunosuppressants. It works by supressing the body's immune defence system. Azathioprine is usually taken in combination with other medicines such as corticosteroids or other immunosuppressants.
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.
This medicine is not addictive.
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Expand APO-Azithromycin 04 Feb 2019
 
Azithromycin is used to treat infections in different parts of the body caused by bacteria, such as chlamydia. Azithromycin belongs to a group of medicines called macrolide antibiotics.

How it works

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.
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.
This medicine is not addictive.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of azithromycin tablets in children.
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Expand APO-Baclofen 23 Jul 2019
 
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
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.
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.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.

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 27 Sep 2018
 
Betahistine 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, vomiting and headache.

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.
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.
This medicine is not addictive.
There is not enough information to recommend using this medicine in children less than 18 years of age.
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Expand APO-Bicalutamide 28 May 2019
 
Bicalutamide is used in combination with other medicines called LHRH agonists to treat advanced prostate cancer and to prevent a side effect of LHRH agonists.

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.
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.
This medicine is not addictive.
This medicine must not be used in children.
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Expand APO-Bimatoprost 09 Jul 2019
 
Bimatoprost is used to lower raised pressure in the eye and to treat glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a condition in which the pressure of fluid in the eye may be higher than normal. It is usually caused by a build-up of the fluid which flows through the eye. This build up occurs because the fluid drains out of your eye more slowly than it is being pumped in, causing the pressure to rise. This raised pressure may damage the back of the eye resulting in gradual loss of sight. Damage can progress so slowly that the person is not aware of this gradual loss of sight.
There are usually no symptoms of glaucoma. The only way of knowing that you have glaucoma is to have your eye pressure, optic nerve and visual field checked by an eye specialist or optometrist. If glaucoma is not treated it can lead to serious problems, including total blindness.

How it works

Bimatoprost belongs to a group of medicines called prostaglandin analogues. It lowers the pressure in the eye by helping the flow of fluid out of the eye chamber.
Bimatoprost eye drops can be used alone or together with other medicines to lower the pressure within your eyes.
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.
This medicine is not addictive.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children.
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Expand APO-Bisoprolol 02 May 2019
 
APO-Bisoprolol contains the active ingredient bisoprolol fumarate.
Bisoprolol 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.
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.
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.
Bisoprolol is not recommended for use in children, as the safety and efficacy in children have not been established.
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-Calcitriol 24 Jul 2019
 
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.
Calcitriol occurs naturally in humans and is a biologically active form of vitamin D.
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 purpose.
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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Expand APO-Candesartan HCTZ 18 Nov 2016
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Candesartan HCTZ tablets. It contains the active ingredients candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide.
It is used to treat:
high blood pressure, also called hypertension.
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

Candesartan cilexetil is a type of medicine called an angiotensin II receptor inhibitor (or antagonist). It mainly works by causing relaxation of blood vessels.
Hydrochlorothiazide is a type of medicine called a diuretic. It works by reducing the amount of excess fluid in the body.
Using these two medicines together will lower your blood pressure more effectively than using either one on its own.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children. The safety and effectiveness of this medicine in children under 18 years of age have not been established.
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