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Product name Date released
Expand APO-Chloramphenicol 05 Sep 2014
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Chloramphenicol Eye Drops. It contains the active ingredient chloramphenicol.
It is a topical antibiotic eye drop used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about why this medicine has been recommended for you. Your doctor or pharmacist may have recommended this medicine for another reason.

How it works

Bacterial conjunctivitis is a highly contagious bacterial infection involving the mucous membrane of the surface of the eye.
The common symptoms are the presence of a sticky yellow-white discharge with mucous and pus, a gritty sensation in the eye, irritation and redness of the eye and watery eyes. The infection usually starts in one eye and then spreads to the other.
Chloramphenicol belongs to a group of medicines called antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of the bacteria causing your infection.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children under 2 years of age unless on medical advice.
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Expand APO-Ciprofloxacin 05 Jan 2017
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Ciprofloxacin. It contains the active ingredient, ciprofloxacin.
It is used to treat:
urinary tract infections
kidney and bladder infections
bowel infections
lung infections
skin infections
bone and joint infections
prostate infections.
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

This medicine works by killing the bacteria which cause these infections.
It will not work against viral infections such as colds or flu.
Ciprofloxacin belongs to a group of antibiotic medicines called quinolones.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in children or pre-pubertal teenagers.
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Expand APO-Citalopram 15 Dec 2015
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Citalopram. It contains the active ingredient citalopram (as citalopram hydrobromide).
It is used to treat depression.
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

Citalopram belongs to a group of antidepressant medicines called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Citalopram and other SSRIs are thought to help by increasing the amount of serotonin in your brain.
Depression is longer lasting and/or more severe than the 'low moods' everyone has from time to time due to the stress of everyday life. It is thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in parts of the brain. This imbalance affects your whole body and can cause emotional and physical symptoms such as feeling low in spirit, loss of interest in activities, being unable to enjoy life, poor appetite or overeating, disturbed sleep, often waking up early, loss of sex drive, lack of energy and feeling guilty over nothing.
Citalopram corrects this chemical imbalance and may help relieve the symptoms of depression.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
However if you suddenly stop taking it, you may get side effects.

Use in children

Do not give this medicine to a child or adolescent.
The benefit and safety of citalopram use in children and adolescents below 18 years of age has not been proven.
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Expand APO-Clarithromycin 23 Apr 2015
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Clarithromycin. It contains the active ingredient, clarithromycin.
It is used to treat certain bacterial infections, including the following:
infections of the respiratory tract
skin infections
peptic ulcer
Clarithromycin is also used to prevent a specific bacterial infection associated with HIV infection.
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

This medicine is an antibiotic that belongs to the group of medicines macrolides. These medicines work by killing or stopping the growth of bacteria which causes infections.
This medicine will not work against infection caused by viruses, such as cold or flu.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

These tablets are not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
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Expand APO-Clindamycin 09 May 2016
 
Clindamycin is an antibiotic. It is used to treat infections in different parts of the body caused by bacteria.
Clindamycin works by killing or stopping the growth of the bacteria causing your infection.
Clindamycin will not work against viral infections such as colds or flu.
Clindamycin is recommended for patients who are allergic to penicillin or patients for whom penicillin is not suitable.
Your doctor may have prescribed Clindamycin for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Clindamycin has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Clindamycin is not addictive.
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Expand APO-Clonidine 19 Apr 2017
 
APO-CLONIDINE lowers high blood pressure, also called hypertension.
Everyone has blood pressure. This pressure helps your blood move around your body. Your blood pressure may be different at different times of the day. You have hypertension when your blood pressure stays higher than normal, even when you are calm or relaxed.
There are usually no signs of hypertension. The only way of knowing that you have hypertension is to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. You may feel fine and have no symptoms, but if high blood pressure is not treated, it can lead to serious health problems (such as heart disease).
APO-CLONIDINE works by relaxing and widening blood vessels and so helps to lower your blood pressure.
APO-CLONIDINE is also used to prevent migraine headache and to relieve symptoms of menopausal flushing.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why APO-CLONIDINE has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed APO-CLONIDINE for another reason.
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Expand APO-Clopidogrel 12 May 2017
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Clopidogrel. It contains the active ingredient clopidogrel.
It is used to prevent blood clots forming in hardened blood vessels (a process known as atherothrombosis) which can lead to events such as stroke, heart attack or death.
You may have been prescribed clopidogrel because you have
previously suffered a heart attack or stroke, or have a condition known as peripheral arterial disease (leg pain on walking or at rest).
suffered acute coronary syndrome (either a severe type of chest pain called unstable angina, or a heart attack). In this case you may also be prescribed aspirin.
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

Clopidogrel belongs to a group of medicines called anti-platelet medicines.
Platelets are very small blood cells which clump together during blood clotting. By preventing this clumping, anti-platelet medicines reduce the chances of blood clots forming (a process called thrombosis).
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children.
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Expand APO-Clopidogrel Aspirin 08 Apr 2015
 
The name of your medicine is APO- Clopidogrel/Aspirin 75/75 or APO-Clopidogrel/Aspirin 75/100. It contains the active ingredients clopidogrel (as clopidogrel hydrogen sulfate) and aspirin.
It is used to prevent blood clots forming in hardened blood vessels (a process known as atherothrombosis) which can lead to events such as stroke, heart attack or death.
You may have been prescribed Clopidogrel/Aspirin to help prevent blood clots forming and to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke or death, because you have suffered a severe type of chest pain called unstable angina, or had a heart attack.
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

This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called anti-platelet medicines.
Platelets are very small blood cells which clump together during blood clotting. By preventing this clumping, anti-platelet medicines reduce the chances of blood clots forming (a process called thrombosis).
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children as its safety and effectiveness in children have not been established.
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Expand APO-Clotrimazole 06 Mar 2012
 
The name of your medicine is Apo-Clotrimazole Cream. It contains the active ingredient, clotrimazole.
Clotrimazole is used to treat the vaginal yeast infection known as Candida. Candida infections of the vagina are commonly referred to as "thrush".
Symptoms of thrush include vaginal discomfort, itchiness and discharge.

How it works

Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines called anti-fungals. It works by killing the fungi that cause the Candida infection.
Candida infections result from an imbalance of the natural micro-organisms that are present in the vagina. This then causes an overgrowth of yeast fungus.
Certain conditions may increase the chance of infection:
diabetes
obesity
fatigue
hormonal changes during pregnancy or during certain times of the menstrual cycle or due to the oral contraceptive pill
certain medicines, such as antibiotics and steroids.
This medicine may be recommended by a pharmacist without a prescription.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children.
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Expand APO-Desvenlafaxine MR Tablets 03 May 2017
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Desvenlafaxine MR Tablets. It contains the active ingredient desvenlafaxine (as benzoate).
It is used in the treatment and prevention of relapse of depression. Depression can affect your whole body and may cause emotional and physical symptoms such as feeling low in spirit, being unable to enjoy life, poor appetite or overeating, disturbed sleep, loss of sex drive, lack of energy and feeling guilty over nothing.
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

This medicine contains the active ingredient called desvenlafaxine benzoate. It belongs to a class of medications called Serotonin-Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs).
Serotonin and noradrenaline are chemical messengers that allow certain nerves in the brain to work.
This medicine increases the level of these two messengers. Experts think this is how it helps to restore your feeling of wellness.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
It is available only with a doctor's prescription.

Use in children

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