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Product name Product type Date released
Expand Methoblastin PFS CMI 07 Apr 2020
 
This medicine is used to treat:
severe psoriasis (a skin condition)
severe rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic inflammatory condition)
when these conditions do not improve with other medicines.
The medicine contains methotrexate, which belongs to a family of medicines called antimetabolites. It may also be called a chemotherapy medicine.
The medicine works by blocking an enzyme needed by the body cells to live. This interferes with the growth of some cells that are growing rapidly in psoriasis. In rheumatoid arthritis, this medicine reduces the overactivity of the immune system leading to less pain, swelling and damage to the joints.
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/is not addictive.
It is only available with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand DBL Oxaliplatin CMI 07 Apr 2020
 
Oxaliplatin belongs to a group of medicines called antineoplastic or cytotoxic medicines. You may also hear of these being called chemotherapy medicines.
This medicine is used to treat cancers of the colon and rectum (colorectal cancer or bowel cancer).
It is often used in combination with other medicines (such as fluorouracil and folinic acid) to treat cancer.
Oxaliplatin works by killing cancer cells and/or stopping cancer cells from growing and multiplying.
Because cancer cells are similar to normal cells, anti cancer drugs often have side effects on normal cells.
Many side effects from anti cancer drugs are predictable and can be prevented or lessened. Your doctor will take all the precautions need to reduce the side effects of treatment.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why DBL Oxaliplatin has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
Oxaliplatin is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine for children.
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Expand DBL Oxaliplatin PI 06 Apr 2020
 
Expand Fulphila CMI 03 Apr 2020
 
FULPHILA is used following chemotherapy to help fight infection.
Some chemotherapy will reduce the number of neutrophils in your body. Although FULPHILA is not a treatment for cancer, it does help the body to make new neutrophils. This will reduce your chance of developing infections that might require antibiotics and/or hospital stays. It may even increase your chance of receiving your chemotherapy on time and at the right dose.

How it works

Fulphila is a long acting form of Recombinant Human Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor or G-CSF. Using gene technology, Fulphila is produced in a specific type of bacteria, called E. coli.
G-CSF is produced in the bone marrow and assists in the production of neutrophils, which are a type of white blood cell. Neutrophils help the body fight infections by surrounding and destroying the bacteria that cause the infections.
G-CSF also helps neutrophils to do this work better.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand APO-Latanoprost CMI 02 Apr 2020
 
APO-LATANOPROST 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 high. However, some people with glaucoma may have normal eye pressure.
Glaucoma 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. Since new fluid continues to enter the eye, joining the fluid already there, the pressure continues 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. Sometimes even normal eye pressure is associated with damage to the back of the eye.
There are usually no symptoms of glaucoma. If glaucoma is not treated it can lead to serious problems, including total blindness. In fact, untreated glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness.

How APO-LATANOPROST works

APO-LATANOPROST belongs to a family of medicines called prostaglandin agonists.
It lowers the pressure in the eye by allowing more fluid to flow out from within your eye.
Although APO-LATANOPROST helps control your glaucoma it does not cure it. So, you must keep using it until your doctor tells you to stop.
APO-LATANOPROST is used, either alone or in combination with other eye medicines, to lower raised pressure within your eye.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why APO-LATANOPROST has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
APO-LATANOPROST is not addictive.

Use in Children

APO-LATANOPROST is not recommended for use in children. The safety and effectiveness of APO-LATANOPROST in children have not been established.
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Expand Axotide Accuhaler & MDI CMI 01 Apr 2020
 
You may know your Inhaler better as a 'puffer'. Axotide puffers contain a medicine called fluticasone propionate. This medicine belongs to a group of medicines known as corticosteroids, frequently called 'steroids'. They are not 'anabolic steroids' which are the steroids sometimes misused by athletes.
Your Axotide puffer provides a measured amount of steroid for you to breathe into your lungs. By using your Axotide puffer regularly every day, the medicine reduces the swelling and irritation in the walls of the small air passages in your lungs. Your Axotide puffer contains the type of asthma medicine known as a 'preventer'. It does not give immediate relief from an asthma attack and may take up to a week to start to work. If your shortness of breath or wheeze does not get better after 7 days, tell your doctor. When used every day, your Axotide puffer helps to ease breathing problems and prevent asthma attacks.
 
This medicine is only one part of a general plan to help you manage your asthma. You should discuss this plan with your doctor. You may also be using a 'reliever puffer'. Keep using it according to your doctor's advice. Ask your doctor to check your treatment regularly.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why an Axotide puffer has been prescribed for you.
The medicine in Axotide puffers is not addictive.
Axotide puffers generally do not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.
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Expand Gantin PI 01 Apr 2020
 
Expand Gantin CMI 01 Apr 2020
 

What Gantin does

Gantin is used to control epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition where you have repeated seizures (fits). There are many different types of seizures, ranging from mild to severe.
Gantin is also used to treat neuropathic pain, a type of pain caused by damage to the nerves.
This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called anticonvulsants.

How Gantin works

This medicine is thought to work by controlling brain chemicals which send signals to nerves to help control seizures or neuropathic pain.
Gantin also has pain relieving effects.
Your doctor may have prescribed Gantin in addition to other medicines that you may be taking. This may be necessary if your current treatment is no longer working as well.
Your doctor may have prescribed Gantin for another reason.
Gantin may lead to dependence on this medicine.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.

Use in children

There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children:
under the age of 3 years to control epilepsy, or
under the age of 18 years to treat neuropathic pain.
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Expand Zeldox IM PI 01 Apr 2020
 
Expand Zeldox IM CMI 01 Apr 2020
 

What Zeldox IM is for

Zeldox IM is used to treat severe agitation or aggression in people with schizophrenia or similar illnesses.
Your doctor may have prescribed Zeldox IM for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Zeldox IM has been prescribed for you.
After you have been given Zeldox IM, your symptoms should get better. Your doctor may then switch you to Zeldox capsules or another oral medicine to help manage your symptoms in the long term.

How Zeldox IM works

Zeldox IM belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics. It contains the ingredient ziprasidone.
Ziprasidone is thought to work by correcting the imbalance of some chemicals in the brain. This, in turn, reduces the agitation or aggression caused by the illness.

Using Zeldox IM

Zeldox IM is an injection. It is available only in a hospital with a doctor's prescription.
Only a doctor or nurse can give the injection.
Zeldox IM is not recommended for the treatment of elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis.
Zeldox IM is not recommended for use in children under 18 years of age. There is not enough information on its effects in this age group.
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Expand Zeldox PI 01 Apr 2020
 
Expand Zeldox CMI 01 Apr 2020
 

What Zeldox is for

Zeldox is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Your doctor may have prescribed Zeldox for another reason.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about Zeldox or why Zeldox has been prescribed for you.
Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a mental illness. It varies from person to person, but can involve:
hallucinations: the person sees, hears, feels, smells or tastes something that is not actually there; most commonly a person may hear voices
delusions: a delusion is a false belief held by a person which is not held by others of the same cultural background
disturbed or disorganised thinking
poor memory and concentration
loss of emotion and expression
loss of motivation and energy
difficulty interacting with others, leading to social isolation.
Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness where a person cycles through:
'manic' phases - with symptoms such as over-activity, irritability/elation and limited need for sleep
'depressive' phases - with symptoms such as depressed mood, anxiety, difficulty making decisions, concentrating and hopelessness.

How Zeldox works

Zeldox belongs to a group of medicines called atypical antipsychotics/neuroleptics. It contains the ingredient ziprasidone.
Schizophrenia
Researchers do not know exactly what causes schizophrenia, but they do know that many people with it have high levels of some brain chemicals - including dopamine and serotonin.
Zeldox is thought to work by helping to correct the imbalance of these chemicals, in turn, reducing the symptoms of schizophrenia. Research has found Zeldox can help reduce:
hallucinations
delusions
confused thoughts
social withdrawal
lack of motivation.
Zeldox does not cure schizophrenia, but it can help manage the symptoms and help prevent further episodes.
Taking antipsychotic/neuroleptic medicines like Zeldox can also allow you to try psychological therapies when recommended by your doctor. These may further help you manage your schizophrenia.
Bipolar disorder
Research has shown that there is a chemical imbalance in the brain in patients with bipolar disorder.
Zeldox does not cure bipolar disorder. It is used as a short-term treatment for the manic phases. Zeldox is not used to treat the depressive phases of bipolar disorder.
Controlling the manic phase of bipolar disorder with medicine can also allow you to try psychological therapies when recommended by your doctor.

Taking Zeldox

Zeldox is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Zeldox is not recommended for the treatment of elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis.
Zeldox should be used with caution in elderly patients with risk factors for stroke.
Zeldox is also not recommended for children under 18 years of age as there is not enough information on the effects of Zeldox in this group.
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Expand Xalatan PI 01 Apr 2020
 
Expand Xalatan CMI 01 Apr 2020
 
Xalatan 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 high. However, some people with glaucoma may have normal eye pressure.
Glaucoma 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. Since new fluid continues to enter the eye, joining the fluid already there, the pressure continues 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. Sometimes even normal eye pressure is associated with damage to the back of the eye.
There are usually no symptoms of glaucoma. If glaucoma is not treated it can lead to serious problems, including total blindness. In fact, untreated glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness.

How Xalatan works

Xalatan belongs to a family of medicines called prostaglandin agonists.
It lowers the pressure in the eye by allowing more fluid to flow out from within your eye.
Although Xalatan helps control your glaucoma it does not cure it. So you must keep using it until your doctor tells you to stop.
Xalatan is used, either alone or in combination with other eye medicines, to lower raised pressure within your eye.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Xalatan has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
Xalatan is not addictive.

Use in Children

Xalatan is not recommended for use in children. The safety and effectiveness of Xalatan in children have not been established.
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Expand Xalacom PI 01 Apr 2020
 
Expand Xalacom CMI 01 Apr 2020
 
Xalacom 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 high. However, some people with glaucoma may have normal eye pressure.
Glaucoma 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. Since new fluid continues to enter the eye, joining the fluid already there, the pressure continues 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. Sometimes even normal eye pressure is associated with damage to the back of the eye.
There are usually no symptoms of glaucoma. If glaucoma is not treated it can lead to serious problems, including total blindness. In fact, untreated glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness.
Xalacom is made up of 2 active ingredients, latanoprost and timolol maleate. Latanoprost works by allowing more fluid to flow out from within your eye(s). Timolol maleate lowers the pressure in the eye by reducing the production of fluid.
Latanoprost belongs to a family of medicines called prostaglandin agonists. Timolol maleate belongs to a family of medicines called beta-blockers.
Although Xalacom helps control your glaucoma it does not cure it. So you must keep using it until your doctor tells you to stop.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Xalacom has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
Xalacom is not recommended for use in children. The safety and effectiveness of Xalacom in children have not been established.
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Expand Methoblastin PFS PI 30 Mar 2020
 
Expand Metronidazole PI 30 Mar 2020
 
Expand Lipitor PI 30 Mar 2020
 
Expand Celebrex PI 30 Mar 2020