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Brand name: Puri-Nethol

Puri-Nethol is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) mercaptopurine. On this page you will find out more about Puri-Nethol, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: mercaptopurine

Information for medicine and pack size:
Puri-Nethol 50 mg uncoated tablet, 25

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

INDICATIONS AS AT 5 March 2004: Treatment of leukemia. It is of value in remission induction and is particularly indicated for maintenance therapy in acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute myelogenous leukemia. PURI-NETHOL is also used in the treatment of chronic granulocytic leukaemia.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance pale yellow, round tablets, biconvex, scored on one side, engraved GX above the score and EX2 below the score and plain on the other side

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Dosage Form Tablet, uncoated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
25 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light
Life time 30 Months
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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