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Product name Product type Date released
Expand APOHEALTH Budesonide Hayfever PI 20 Feb 2017
 
Expand APOHEALTH Budesonide Hayfever CMI 20 Feb 2017
 
The name of your medicine is APOHEALTH Budesonide Hayfever. It contains the active ingredient Budesonide.
It is used for the prevention or treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis (eg due to pollen) for up to six months in adults and children 12 years of age and over and perennial (non-seasonal) allergic rhinitis (eg due to cats, dust mites) in adults 18 years and over.
Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis can include:
stuffiness (congestion) in the nose
discharge, itching and sneezing
This medicine is available only from a pharmacy.

How it works

Budesonide belongs to a family of medicines called corticosteroids.
These medicines work by helping to reduce inflammation.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
It may take a few days of use before you feel the full effects of the medicine. In rare cases it may take up to 2 weeks
If you suffer moderate to severe symptoms, you may wish to start treatment before the beginning of the ‘pollen’ season.

Use in children

Do not use in children under 12 years of age.
Do not use in children under 18 years of age for non-seasonal hayfever
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Expand PiperTaz Sandoz CMI 20 Feb 2017
 
This medicine is used to treat serious bacterial infections such as:
chest infections
urine infections
stomach infections
skin infections
gynaecological infections
septicaemia (blood poisoning).
It is also used to treat many other infections.
In hospitalised children aged 2 to 12 years, PiperTaz Sandoz is used to treat serious infections in the abdomen. It is not recommended to treat abdominal infections in children under 2 years.
It contains the active ingredients piperacillin and tazobactam.
Piperacillin and tazobactam belong to a group of medicines called penicillins.
Piperacillin works by killing many types of bacteria. Tazobactam does not have activity against bacteria, but helps piperacillin to overcome bacteria which have become resistant to piperacillin.
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 not addictive.
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Expand Medroxyprogesterone PI 17 Feb 2017
 
Expand Belkyra PI 15 Feb 2017
 
Expand Aczone PI 15 Feb 2017
 
Expand Belkyra CMI 15 Feb 2017
 
Expand Aczone CMI 15 Feb 2017
 
Expand Voriconazole Apotex Powder for injection CMI 15 Feb 2017
 
The name of your medicine is Voriconazole APOTEX powder for injection. It contains the active ingredient voriconazole.
It is used to treat fungal and yeast infections such as:
invasive aspergillosis (as-pur-ji-lo-sis), a fungal infection caused by a fungus called Aspergillus (as-pur-ji-lus), which usually begins in the respiratory tract (in the nose, sinuses or lungs). Aspergillus is harmless in most healthy people; however, in people with poor immune systems (such as people who have had organ transplants and people with cancer or HIV/AIDS), invasive aspergillosis can be serious and spread to other tissues and organs.
serious Candida (can-di-da) infections, including those that have spread into the blood stream or to other parts of the body.
serious fungal infections caused by Scedosporium (ski-doe-spore-ri-um) species and Fusarium (few-saa-ri-um) species.
other serious fungal infections in patients who do not respond to, or cannot tolerate, other antifungal medicines.
Voriconazole is also used to prevent invasive fungal infections in patients who are at risk of developing such infections.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been chosen for you. Your doctor may have given you this medicine for another reason.

How it works

This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called triazole antifungals.
This medicine works by preventing the growth of fungal and yeast organisms causing your infection.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand Voriconazole Apotex Powder for injection PI 15 Feb 2017
 
Expand Vita-B12 Injection PI 14 Feb 2017
 
Expand Metaraminol Sandoz CMI 13 Feb 2017
 
The name of your medicine is Metaraminol Sandoz injection. It contains the active ingredient Metaraminol tartrate.
Metaraminol Sandoz injection is used to increase your blood pressure which can drop during spinal anaesthesia or can drop as a reaction to medications or surgical complications.

How Metaraminol Sandoz injection works

Metaraminol Sandoz injection belongs to a group of medicines known as sympathomimetic amines.
It strengthens the contraction of the heart muscle and constricts blood vessels to help increase the blood pressure.
There is no evidence that Metaraminol Sandoz injection is addictive.
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.
Metaraminol Sandoz injection is not recommended for use in children.
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Expand Blooms The Chemist Fluoxetine PI 10 Feb 2017
 
Expand Blooms The Chemist Fluoxetine CMI 10 Feb 2017
 
The name of your medicine is Blooms the Chemist Fluoxetine. It contains the active ingredient fluoxetine (as fluoxetine hydrochloride).
It is used to treat:
depression
obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
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

Fluoxetine belongs to a group of medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin is one of the chemicals in your brain which helps control your mood. Fluoxetine 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. Fluoxetine corrects this chemical imbalance and may help relieve the symptoms of depression.
Check with your doctor if you need more information about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
The symptoms of OCD vary from patient to patient.
This medicine is not expected to affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, but make sure you know how it affects you beforehand, as it can make some people dizzy or drowsy, and affect judgement, thinking and motor skills.

Use in children

Fluoxetine is not recommended for use in children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
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Expand APOC-5FU CMI 09 Feb 2017
 
The name of your medicine is APOC-5FU Cream. It contains the active ingredient fluorouracil.
It is used to treat:
Solar keratosis
Bowen's disease (type of skin cancer)
APOC-5FU belongs to a group of medicines called topical anti-cancer (also called anti-neoplastic or cytotoxic) drugs.
Topical anti-cancer drugs are used on the skin to treat conditions caused by ageing or exposure to sunlight (solar keratoses). If left untreated, these conditions may develop into skin cancer.
APOC-5FU is also used to treat Bowen's disease, which is a type of skin cancer.
You should be aware that you may look worse while treatment is in progress before you see any improvement in your condition.
When APOC-5FU is applied to the skin, the following usually happens: a redness of the affected area (generally within 3 to 5 days) followed by blistering, peeling, and cracking (within 11 to 14 days) with occasional open sores and some discomfort. Although the skin seems to be worse, it is a sign that the medication is working. The treated skin will flake away. Some redness of the skin will continue for some time after the drug is stopped. Scarring would not be expected.
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.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children.
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Expand Atomoxetine Sandoz CMI 08 Feb 2017
 
ATOMOXETINE SANDOZ is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children 6 years and older, adolescents and adults.
ADHD is a behavioural disorder that causes lack of focus and/or hyperactivity that is much more frequent or severe than others who are close in age or development.
ATOMOXETINE SANDOZ works by acting on brain chemicals called amines which are involved in controlling behaviour.
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.
Available evidence suggests that ATOMOXETINE SANDOZ does not have a significant potential for abuse.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand Osteovan CMI 08 Feb 2017
 
The active ingredient in Osteovan is zoledronic acid, which belongs to a group of medicines called bisphosphonates.
Osteovan is used to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and in men, to prevent additional fractures in men or women who have recently had a hip fracture, or to treat or prevent osteoporosis in men and women caused by treatment with steroid medicines such as prednisone. Osteovan is also used to treat Paget's disease of bone.
Osteoporosis is a disease which causes bones to become less dense, gradually making them weaker, more brittle and likely to break. This is common in women after menopause, when a woman's ovaries stop producing the female hormone, oestrogen, which keeps bones healthy. It also occurs in men and women with increasing age. Broken bones may result from injury or simple falls. Breaks may occur during normal everyday activity, such as lifting, or from minor injury that would not ordinarily fracture normal bone. Fractures in people with osteoporosis usually occur at the hip, spine or wrist. These can lead not only to pain, but also to considerable deformity and disability, such as stooped posture from curvature of the spine, and loss of mobility.
Paget's disease is a chronic disorder which may affect various bones of the skeleton. Bone is a living tissue and, just like other parts of the body, it is constantly being renewed. This process is called bone remodelling. In Paget's disease, the bone material breaks down more quickly than usual, and new bone material grows more quickly than usual and in a disordered way. The new bone that is formed may be thicker but weaker than normal, which can cause pain and may lead to fractures (broken bones).

How does it work

Osteovan works by slowing down bone resorption, which allows the bone-forming cells time to rebuild normal bone. This allows bone remodelling to go back to normal and protects the bones from being weakened.
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.
Osteovan is only available with a doctor's prescription. It is not addictive.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine for children or adolescents.
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Expand Terry White Chemists Metformin XR 1000 CMI 03 Feb 2017
 
The name of your medicine is Terry White Chemists Metformin XR 500 or Metformin XR 1000. It contains the active ingredient metformin hydrochloride.
Metformin is used control blood glucose (sugar) in people with Type 2 diabetes mellitus, especially in those who are overweight. It is used when diet and exercise are not enough to control high levels of blood glucose.
Metformin XR can be used alone, or in combination with other medicines for treating diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is also called Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM) or Maturity Onset Diabetes.
Insulin is a hormone that enables body tissues to take up glucose from the blood and to use it for energy or fat storage for future use.
People with Type 2 diabetes are unable to make enough insulin or their body does not respond properly to the insulin it does make. This causes a build-up of glucose in the blood (hyperglycaemia), which can lead to serious medical problems.
Long-term hyperglycaemia can lead to heart disease, blindness, kidney damage, poor blood circulation and gangrene.
Signs of hyperglycaemia may include:
tiredness or lack of energy
headache
thirst
passing large amounts of urine
blurred vision.
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

Metformin belongs to a group of medicines called biguanides. It lowers high blood glucose levels by:
improving your body's sensitivity to insulin and restoring the way it normally uses glucose
reducing the amount of glucose your liver makes
delaying the amount of glucose your intestine absorbs.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children since safety and effectiveness in this age group has not been established.
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Expand Terry White Chemists Metformin XR 1000 PI 03 Feb 2017