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Product name Date released
Expand APO-Topiramate 15 Nov 2018
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Topiramate Topiramate. It contains the active ingredient topiramate.
It is used to:
treat various types of epilepsy in adults and children over 2 years of age
prevent migraines in adults.
Topiramate is not used to treat severe migraines that come on suddenly (acute).
Your doctor may prescribe topiramate on its own, or in addition to another medicine for controlling your seizures or migraines.
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

Topiramate prevents seizures and migraines by acting on the nerves and chemicals in the brain.

Use in children

This medicine may be used to treat epilepsy only in children aged 2 years or older.
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Expand APO-Tramadol 13 Aug 2012
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Tramadol. It contains the active ingredient tramadol hydrochloride.
It is used to treat:
moderate to severe pain
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.
Tramadol is not normally addictive, although some cases have been reported.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children. The safety and effectiveness of this medicine in children have not been established.
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Expand APO-Tramadol SR 24 Jan 2011
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Tramadol SR. It contains the active ingredient, tramadol (as tramadol hydrochloride).
It is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.
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

It belongs to the group of medicines called analgesics (pain relievers). The tablets are designed to release the active ingredient for pain relief gradually over several hours.

Use in children

There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children under 12 years of age.

Use in the elderly

Patients over 75 years may need a reduced daily dose of this medicine compared to younger adults.
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Expand APO-Tranexamic Acid 06 Apr 2017
 
APO-TRANEXAMIC ACID is used to prevent bleeding in patients with:
Traumatic hyphaema (bleeding into the front part of the eye)
Blood clotting disorders, who are having minor surgery
Heavy periods
Hereditary angioneurotic oedema (periodic swelling of the throat)
APO-TRANEXAMIC ACID contains tranexamic acid. Tranexamic acid is an antifibrinolytic that works by slowing the processes that cause bleeding.
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Expand APO-Ursodeoxycholic Acid 26 Sep 2017
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Ursodeoxycholic Acid Capsules. It contains the active ingredient ursodeoxycholic acid.
It is used to treat liver diseases such as:
primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC)
primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC)
cystic fibrosis (CF)-related cholestasis
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you or your child. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.

How it works

Ursodeoxycholic acid is a bile acid, which may have a protective effect on the liver by reducing the absorption of other potentially toxic bile salts.
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-Valaciclovir (cytomegalovirus) 02 Aug 2018
 
Valaciclovir belongs to a group of medicines called antivirals.
Valaciclovir is used to prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and disease, following solid organ transplantation.
CMV is another type of herpes virus. It can cause symptoms similar to glandular fever (high temperature, sore throat and swollen glands).
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-Valaciclovir (genital herpes) 02 Aug 2018
 
Valaciclovir is used to treat genital herpes simplex infection.
It belongs to a group of medicines called antivirals.

How it works

Valaciclovir works by stopping the multiplication of the virus which causes herpes. It can reduce the length and severity of an outbreak of herpes, the duration of pain and shorten the time to healing of crusts associated with herpes. It does not eliminate the herpes virus from the body. The herpes virus is also known as the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).
Valaciclovir helps the blisters to heal more quickly. If you start taking them as soon as you feel an outbreak starting, you may prevent the blisters from developing.
In immunocompromised patients, valaciclovir can also be taken long term to help prevent the HSV infection from coming back.
Valaciclovir is not a cure for genital herpes. Because genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease, you should minimise having intercourse and always use condoms when you have an outbreak of herpes or show any symptoms. This will avoid the risk of spreading herpes to your partner.
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.
Valaciclovir is more effective in patients 50 years of age and older.
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-Valaciclovir (herpes zoster) 02 Aug 2018
 
Valaciclovir is used to treat:
shingles (herpes zoster)
shingles affecting the eye region (ophthalmic zoster)
cold sores (herpes labialis)
It belongs to a group of medicines called antivirals.

How it works

Valaciclovir works by stopping the multiplication of the virus which causes shingles and cold sores. It can reduce the length and severity of an outbreak, as well as reduce the duration of pain associated with shingles and cold sores.
It is important that treatment for shingles is started within the first three days of the shingles attack.
For the treatment of cold sores, the tablets should be taken at the earliest symptom of a cold sore (e.g. tingling, itching, or burning).
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.
Valaciclovir is more effective in patients 50 years of age and older.
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-Valsartan 21 Aug 2014
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Valsartan. It contains the active ingredient valsartan.
This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin II receptor antagonists (AIIRAs).
It is used to treat:
Hypertension
This medicine is used to control high blood pressure, also called hypertension. Everyone has blood pressure. This pressure helps get your blood around your body. Your blood pressure may be different at different times of the day, depending on how busy or worried you are. You have hypertension when your blood pressure stays higher than is needed, even when you are calm and relaxed.
There are usually no symptoms of hypertension. The only way of knowing that you have it is to have your blood pressure checked regularly.
High blood pressure increases the workload of the heart and blood vessels. If it continues for a long time, it can damage the blood vessels in the brain, heart and kidneys. This can lead to stroke, heart failure or kidney failure. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks. Lowering your blood pressure reduces the chance of these disorders happening.
Heart Failure
This medicine is used to treat 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. This medicine helps the heart to function better and relieves some of the symptoms of heart failure.
Heart Attack
This medicine is also used to treat people after they have had a heart attack (myocardial infarction), to reduce the risk of further heart damage and reduce further heart problems.
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 medicine that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children (below 18 years of age).
This medicine should not be used in children.
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Expand APO-Valsartan HCTZ 18 May 2016
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Valsartan HCTZ. It contains the active ingredients valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide.
It is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).
High blood pressure increases the workload of the heart and blood vessels. If it continues for a long time, it can damage the blood vessels in the brain, heart and kidneys. This can lead to stroke, heart failure or kidney failure. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks.
Lowering your blood pressure reduces the chance of these disorders happening.
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

Valsartan HCTZ reduces blood pressure in two different ways.

1.Valsartan blocks the effect of angiotensin II, which is a substance in the body that tightens blood vessels and makes your blood pressure rise. When the effect of angiotensin II is blocked, your blood vessels relax and your blood pressure goes down.

2.Hydrochlorothiazide helps reduce the amount of excess fluid in the body by increasing the amount of urine produced. This helps lower your blood pressure.

There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children. Safety and effectiveness in children have not been established.
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