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Product name Product type Date released
Expand Celecoxib BTC PI 13 Nov 2019
 
Expand Celecoxib BTC CMI 13 Nov 2019
 
The name of your medicine is Celecoxib BTC. It contains the active ingredient celecoxib.
It is used to treat:
osteoarthritis,
rheumatoid arthritis
ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disorder that primarily affects, but is not limited to, the spine.
Celecoxib also provides short term
pain relief in conditions such as:
menstrual cramps or period pain
after surgery
muscle and joint injuries.
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

Celecoxib belongs to a group of medicines called Coxibs which are used to relieve pain and inflammation in a number of conditions.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children or adolescents under 18 years of age.
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Expand Bupivacaine spinal heavy BNM PI 11 Nov 2019
 
Expand Bupivacaine spinal heavy BNM CMI 11 Nov 2019
 
Bupivacaine spinal heavy BNM contains bupivacaine hydrochloride monohydrate.
Bupivacaine spinal heavy BNM is used to prevent or relieve pain before surgery of the lower abdomen and lower limbs. They will not put you to sleep.
Bupivacaine spinal heavy BNM can also be used to make childbirth less painful.
Bupivacaine spinal heavy BNM belongs to a group of medicines called spinal local anaesthetics. They are injected into the spinal fluid where they make the nerves unable to pass messages to the brain.
Depending on the amount used, Bupivacaine spinal heavy BNM will either totally stop pain or will cause a partial loss of feeling.
Your doctor will have explained why you are being treated with Bupivacaine spinal heavy BNM and told you what dose you will be given.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you.
Bupivacaine spinal heavy BNM is only available with a doctor's prescription.
Bupivacaine spinal heavy BNM is not addictive.
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Expand Novistig CMI 11 Nov 2019
 
Novistig contains glycopyrronium bromide (glycopyrrolate) and neostigmine methylsulfate.
Neostigmine belongs to a group of medicines called cholinesterase inhibitors. It has the effect of reversing the action of certain muscle-relaxing medicines.
Novistig is used at the end of an operation to reverse the effects of some of the medicines used during surgery such as anaesthetics and muscle relaxants.
Glycopyrronium bromide belongs to a group of medicines called anticholinergic medicines. Its purpose is to block some of the unwanted effects that may occur with neostigmine such as slowing the heart rate or excess production of saliva.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you.
Novistig is only available with a doctor's prescription.
Novistig is not addictive.
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Expand Novistig PI 11 Nov 2019
 
Expand Tobi & Tobi Podhaler PI 11 Nov 2019
 
Expand Quetiapine APOTEX CMI 06 Nov 2019
 
Quetiapine is used to treat conditions such as:
schizophrenia, an illness with disturbances in thinking, feelings and behaviour
bipolar disorder, an illness in which there are sustained mood swings either up (mania) or down (depression) – during mania, patients experience episodes of overactivity, elation or irritability whilst during depression, patients may feel depressed or guilty, lack energy, lose their appetite and have trouble sleeping
Quetiapine belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics. It helps to correct chemical imbalances in the brain.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
You may find it helpful to tell a friend or relative that you are suffering from these symptoms and ask them to read this leaflet. You might ask them to tell you if they think your symptoms are getting worse, or if they are worried about any other changes in your behaviour.
This medicine is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription
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Expand Quetiapine APOTEX PI 06 Nov 2019
 
Expand Veletri CMI 04 Nov 2019
 
VELETRI is used to treat some types of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). PAH is characterised by high blood pressure in the blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs, and increased resistance in the blood vessels of the lung. The cause of PAH is not known however there are a number of diseases such as scleroderma that are associated with PAH. VELETRI belongs to a group of medicines called prostaglandins.
VELETRI works by widening the blood vessels in the lungs and so lowering the blood pressure in your lungs (known as a vasodilator action).
Your doctor however, may prescribe VELETRI for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you.
VELETRI is not addictive.
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Expand Polivy CMI 04 Nov 2019
 
Polivy contains the active ingredient called polatuzumab vedotin.
Polivy belongs to a group known as anti-neoplastic (or anti-cancer) agents.
Polivy is used to treat a type of cancer called diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.
It is used when the cancer has come back or has never responded to one or more previous treatments for this type of cancer and when you cannot receive a stem cell transplant
Polivy is made up of two substances:
polatuzumab - a monoclonal antibody which recognises the large B-cell cancer cells
vedotin - an anti-cancer substance
Polivy is designed to target and deliver the anti-cancer substance vedotin to the cancer cells to stop the growth and spread of the cancer cells.
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.
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Expand Zavesca CMI 04 Nov 2019
 
ZAVESCA is a medicine that is used to treat mild to moderate Type 1 Gaucher disease in adults and it is also used to treat Niemann-Pick type C disease in children, adolescents and adults.
Type 1 Gaucher disease is an inherited disease that you get from both of your parents. People with Type 1 Gaucher disease are partially missing an enzyme that breaks down a chemical in the body called glucosylceramide. Too much glucosylceramide causes an increase in the size of the liver and spleen. It also causes bone disease and changes in the blood.
ZAVESCA reduces the formation of glucosylceramide to a level the partially missing enzyme can cope with.
You may be prescribed ZAVESCA if your doctor decides other treatments for this disease are not right for you.
Niemann-Pick disease is an inherited disease that you get from both parents. If you have NP-C, fats (glycosphingolipids) build up in the cells of your brain. This can result in disturbances in neurological functions such as eye movements, balance, swallowing, and memory, and in seizures.
ZAVESCA works by inhibiting the enzyme called 'glucosylceramide synthase' which is responsible for the first step in the synthesis of most glycosphingolipids.
Your doctor may have prescribed ZAVESCA for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why ZAVESCA has been prescribed for you.
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Expand Tracleer CMI 04 Nov 2019
 
Tracleer (TRAK-leer) is used for the treatment of high blood pressure in the blood vessels between the heart and the lungs. This condition is called pulmonary arterial hypertension.
This medicine acts to reduce abnormally high blood pressure by widening these blood vessels. It belongs to the class of medicines known as endothelin receptor antagonists.
Your doctor however, may prescribe Tracleer for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions why it has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand Opsumit CMI 04 Nov 2019
 
OPSUMIT tablets contain macitentan which belongs to the class of medicines called "endothelin receptor antagonists".
OPSUMIT is used for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), it can be used on its own or with other drugs to treat PAH. PAH is high blood pressure in the blood vessels (the pulmonary arteries) that carry blood from the heart to the lungs. In people with PAH, these arteries get narrower, so the heart has to work harder to pump blood through them. This causes people to feel tired, dizzy, and short of breath.
OPSUMIT widens the pulmonary arteries, making it easier for the heart to pump blood through them. This lowers the blood pressure and relieves the symptoms and improves the course of the disease.
Your doctor however, may prescribe OPSUMIT for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you.
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Expand Nesina Met PI 01 Nov 2019
 
Expand Nesina Met CMI 01 Nov 2019
 
Nesina Met is used to lower blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Nesina Met is used when your blood sugar cannot be adequately controlled by diet, exercise and other anti-diabetic medicines such as metformin; metformin and insulin or metformin and medicines known as thiazolidinediones (e.g. pioglitazone).
If you are already taking both alogliptin and metformin as separate tablets, Nesina Met can replace them in one tablet.
Nesina Met is not for patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus or diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in blood or urine).
It is important that you continue to follow the advice on diet and exercise that your doctor or diabetes educator has given you.

Type 2 Diabetes mellitus

Type 2 diabetes is also called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM).
Type 2 diabetes develops if the body does not make enough insulin, or if the insulin that your body makes does not work as well as it should. It can also develop if the body produces too much glucagon.
Insulin is a hormone which helps to lower the level of sugar in your blood, especially after meals. Glucagon is another hormone which triggers the production of sugar by the liver, causing the blood sugar to rise. The pancreas makes both of these hormones.
If your blood glucose is not properly controlled, you may experience hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) or hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose). High blood glucose can lead to serious problems with your heart, eyes, circulation and/or kidneys.
The main goal of treating diabetes is to lower your blood sugar to a level deemed appropriate by your doctor. Lowering and controlling blood sugar may help prevent or delay complications of diabetes.

How Nesina Met works

Nesina Met contain two different medicines called alogliptin and metformin in one tablet:
alogliptin belongs to a group of medicines called DPP-4 inhibitors (dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors). Alogliptin works to increase the levels of insulin in the body after a meal and decrease the amount of sugar in the body.
metformin belongs to a group of medicines called biguanides which also help to lower blood sugar by lowering the amount of sugar made in the liver and helping insulin to work more effectively.
Both of these groups of medicines are known as "oral antidiabetics". Alogliptin and metformin work together to control blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
This medicine is not addictive.
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Expand Nesina PI 01 Nov 2019
 
Expand Nesina CMI 01 Nov 2019
 
Nesina is used to lower blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
It must be taken together with other antidiabetic medicines, which your doctor will have prescribed for you, such as sulfonylureas (e.g. glipizide, glimepiride, glibenclamide), metformin and/or thiazolidinediones (e.g. pioglitazone) or insulin with or without metformin.
Nesina is used when your blood sugar cannot be adequately controlled by diet, exercise and one or more of these other antidiabetic medicines.
It is important that you continue to take your other antidiabetic medication, and continue to follow the advice on diet and exercise that your doctor or diabetes educator has given you.
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Expand Tramadol Mylan SR (formerly Tramedo SR) PI 01 Nov 2019
 
Expand Montelukast APOTEX CMI 31 Oct 2019
 
Montelukast is used to prevent asthma symptoms, including those that occur during the day and at night-time. It also prevents the narrowing of airways triggered by exercise.
If you have seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever), montelukast also treats your allergic rhinitis symptoms.
Montelukast is not used to treat an acute attack of asthma. If an acute attack occurs, follow your doctor's instructions for your reliever medicine, and keep taking your montelukast each night or as prescribed.
As a preventive medicine for asthma, montelukast can be used alone or in combination with other preventive medicines, such as inhaled corticosteroids.
Asthma is a lung disease and has the following characteristics:
narrowed airways causing breathing to become difficult
inflamed airways, which means the lining of airways become swollen
sensitive airways that react to many things, such as cigarette smoke, pollen, or cold air
Symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. Not all people with asthma wheeze. For some, coughing may be the only symptom of asthma. Symptoms often occur during the night or after exercise.
Seasonal allergic rhinitis (also known as hay fever) is an allergic response often caused by airborne pollens from trees, grasses, and weeds. The daytime and night-time symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis typically include: stuffy, runny, itchy nose, sneezing, and watery, swollen, red, itchy eyes.
Montelukast belongs to a group of medicines called leukotriene receptor antagonists. It works by blocking substances in your lungs called leukotrienes that cause narrowing and swelling of airways. Blocking leukotrienes improves asthma symptoms and helps prevent asthma attacks. Leukotrienes also cause allergic rhinitis symptoms. By blocking leukotrienes, montelukast improves seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why montelukast has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed montelukast for another reason.
Montelukast can be used in children 2 years of age and older, teenagers and adults.
This medicine is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
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