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Product name Product type Date released
Expand Feldene & Feldene-D CMI 28 Jun 2017
 
FELDENE treats the symptoms of
rheumatoid arthritis
osteoarthritis
ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disorder that primarily affects, but is not limited to, the spine.
Although FELDENE can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation, it will not cure your condition.
FELDENE belongs to a group of medicines called Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). These medicines work by relieving pain and inflammation (heat, throbbing, swelling, redness).
Your doctor may have prescribed FELDENE for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why FELDENE has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand APO-Quinapril CMI 28 Jun 2017
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Quinapril. It contains the active ingredient quinapril (as quinapril hydrochloride).
It is used to:
lower high blood pressure (hypertension).
treat heart failure.
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.
Hypertension (high blood pressure):
Blood pressure helps get your blood all around your body. Your blood pressure may be different at different times of the day and may be affected by 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 hypertension is to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. If high blood pressure is not treated it can lead to serious health problems, including stroke, heart disease and kidney failure.
Heart Failure:
Heart failure means that the heart muscle is weak and 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. Heart failure may start off with no symptoms, but as the condition progresses, patients may feel short of breath or may get tired easily after light physical activity such as walking. Some patients may wake up short of breath at night. Fluid may collect in different parts of the body, often first noticed as swollen ankles and feet.

How it works

Quinapril works by widening your blood vessels, which reduces pressure in the vessels, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body. This helps increase the supply of oxygen to your heart, so that when you place extra demands on your heart, such as during exercise, your heart may cope better and you may not get short of breath as easily.
Quinapril belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
Your doctor may have prescribed quinapril for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why quinapril has been prescribed for you.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

The safety and effectiveness of quinapril in children has not been established.
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Expand Arthrotec 50 CMI 28 Jun 2017
 

What Arthrotec 50 does

This medicine is used to relieve joint pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness that may occur in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, whilst protecting your stomach.
Although this medicine can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation, it will not cure your condition.

How Arthrotec 50 works

This medicine contains two active ingredients: diclofenac sodium and misoprostol.
Diclofenac sodium belongs to a family of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medicines work by relieving pain and inflammation. However, this kind of arthritis medicine can sometimes irritate the stomach or cause ulcers because it reduces the amount of natural protective substances (called prostaglandins) in the stomach lining.
Misoprostol is very similar to these natural prostaglandins and can help protect the stomach. Arthrotec 50 therefore helps protect your stomach while you continue to receive the benefit from the anti-arthritis medicine.

Taking Arthrotec 50

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.

Use in children

There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children under the age of 18 years.
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Expand Synagis CMI 28 Jun 2017
 
SYNAGIS is used to help prevent a serious illness caused by a virus called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
RSV illness usually occurs during the months of winter and early spring. It can cause a serious infection in the lungs of your child resulting in him/her being hospitalised. Your child is at high risk of getting this illness.
SYNAGIS belongs to a group of medicines called antibodies (or disease fighting substances).
The active substance in SYNAGIS is called palivizumab and is made from humanized genetic material. It works only against RSV.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for your child.
Your doctor may have prescribed SYNAGIS for another reason.
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Expand Terry White Chemists Olanzapine CMI 27 Jun 2017
 
The name of your medicine is Terry White Chemists Olanzapine. It contains the active ingredient olanzapine.
It is used:
to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and related psychoses
alone, or in combination with lithium or valproate, for the short-term treatment of acute manic episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder.
as a also a mood stabiliser that prevents further occurrences of the disabling high and low (depressed) extremes of mood associated Bipolar I Disorder.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness with disturbances in thinking, feelings and behaviour. Bipolar I Disorder is a mental illness with symptoms such as feeling "high", having excessive amounts of energy, needing much less sleep than usual, talking very quickly with racing ideas and sometimes severe irritability.
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

Olanzapine belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics. It helps to correct chemical imbalances in the brain, which may cause mental illness.
Olanzapine may be used together with other medicines such as lithium or valproate.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

Olanzapine is not recommended for use in children under the age of 18 years.
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Expand Chemmart Olanzapine CMI 27 Jun 2017
 
The name of your medicine is Chemmart Olanzapine. It contains the active ingredient olanzapine.
It is used:
to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and related psychoses
alone, or in combination with lithium or valproate, for the short-term treatment of acute manic episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder.
as a also a mood stabiliser that prevents further occurrences of the disabling high and low (depressed) extremes of mood associated Bipolar I Disorder.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness with disturbances in thinking, feelings and behaviour. Bipolar I Disorder is a mental illness with symptoms such as feeling "high", having excessive amounts of energy, needing much less sleep than usual, talking very quickly with racing ideas and sometimes severe irritability.
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

Olanzapine belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics. It helps to correct chemical imbalances in the brain, which may cause mental illness.
Olanzapine may be used together with other medicines such as lithium or valproate.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

Olanzapine is not recommended for use in children under the age of 18 years.
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Expand APO-Olanzapine ODT CMI 27 Jun 2017
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Olanzapine. It contains the active ingredient olanzapine.
It is used:
to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and related psychoses
alone, or in combination with lithium or valproate, for the short-term treatment of acute manic episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder.
as a also a mood stabiliser that prevents further occurrences of the disabling high and low (depressed) extremes of mood associated Bipolar I Disorder.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness with disturbances in thinking, feelings and behaviour. Bipolar I Disorder is a mental illness with symptoms such as feeling "high", having excessive amounts of energy, needing much less sleep than usual, talking very quickly with racing ideas and sometimes severe irritability.
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

Olanzapine belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics. It helps to correct chemical imbalances in the brain, which may cause mental illness.
Olanzapine may be used together with other medicines such as lithium or valproate.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

Olanzapine is not recommended for use in children under the age of 18 years.
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Expand APO-Olanzapine CMI 27 Jun 2017
 
The name of your medicine is APO-Olanzapine. It contains the active ingredient olanzapine.
It is used:
to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and related psychoses
alone, or in combination with lithium or valproate, for the short-term treatment of acute manic episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder.
as a also a mood stabiliser that prevents further occurrences of the disabling high and low (depressed) extremes of mood associated Bipolar I Disorder.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness with disturbances in thinking, feelings and behaviour. Bipolar I Disorder is a mental illness with symptoms such as feeling "high", having excessive amounts of energy, needing much less sleep than usual, talking very quickly with racing ideas and sometimes severe irritability.
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

Olanzapine belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics. It helps to correct chemical imbalances in the brain, which may cause mental illness.
Olanzapine may be used together with other medicines such as lithium or valproate.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

Olanzapine is not recommended for use in children under the age of 18 years.
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Expand Fentanyl Injection BP PI 27 Jun 2017
 
Expand Ventolin CFC-Free Inhaler PI 26 Jun 2017
 
Expand Gilenya CMI 26 Jun 2017
 
Gilenya contains the active substance fingolimod, which belongs to a group of medicines known as sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1-P) receptor modulators. Gilenya can alter the way the body's immune system works and is used to treat relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) and relapses in patients with secondary progressive MS. MS is a long-term condition that affects the central nervous system (CNS), particularly how the brain and spinal cord work. In MS, inflammation destroys the protective cover around the nerves (called myelin) and stops the nerves from working properly.
The cause of MS is unknown but it is thought that an abnormal response by the body's immune system plays an important part in the process which damages the CNS.
This medicine slows down the progression of physical disability and decreases the number of flare-ups (relapses) in patients with relapsing MS.
Gilenya helps to fight against attacks on myelin by the immune system by affecting the ability of some white blood cells to move freely within the body and by stopping the cells that cause inflammation from reaching the brain. This reduces nerve damage caused by MS.
Gilenya may also have a direct and beneficial effect on certain brain cells (neural cells) involved in repairing or slowing down the damage of MS.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about how Gilenya works or why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription. It is not addictive.
There is not enough information to recommend this medicine for children or adolescents under 18 years of age.
Experience with Gilenya in older people (more than 65 years old) is limited.
Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
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Expand Abisart HCT CMI 26 Jun 2017
 
ABISART HCT is used to treat hypertension (i.e. high blood pressure). ABISART HCT is a trade name (manufacturer's name). ABISART HCT tablets contain two medicines, irbesartan and hydrochlorothiazide.
Your doctor measured your blood pressure and found it to be too high. Everyone has blood pressure. This pressure helps get your blood all 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 (high blood pressure) which means your blood pressure stays high even when you are calm and relaxed.
There are usually no symptoms of high blood pressure. The only way of knowing that you have hypertension is to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. High blood pressure, if not treated, can damage blood vessels in several organs such as the heart, the kidneys, the brain and the eyes. This may lead to heart attacks, heart or kidney failure, strokes or blindness. There are usually no symptoms of high blood pressure before damage occurs, so your doctor needs to measure your blood pressure to see if it is too high.
High blood pressure can be treated and controlled with medicines such as ABISART HCT.
One of the active ingredients in ABISART HCT is irbesartan which belongs to a class of medicines called angiotensin-II receptor antagonists. Angiotensin II is a substance produced in the body which causes blood vessels to tighten.
Irbesartan blocks angiotensin-II and therefore relaxes your blood vessels. This helps to lower your blood pressure.
The other active ingredient in ABISART HCT is hydrochlorothiazide which belongs to a class of medicines known as diuretics. Diuretics cause an increase in the volume of urine. They also help with lowering blood pressure particularly when combined with other blood pressure reducing medicines.
Your doctor may also have recommended that you adjust your life style to help to lower your high blood pressure (losing weight, avoiding smoking, reducing alcohol consumption and restricting the amount of salt in the diet). Your doctor may also have encouraged the practice of regular, mild (not strenuous) exercise such as walking, swimming, etc.
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.
This medicine may affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.
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