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Brand name: Puri-Nethol TM

Active ingredients: mercaptopurine

What it is used 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.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 30 Months.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

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

Images are the copyright of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Food interactions

For the active ingredient mercaptopurine

  • Preferably on an empty stomach, drink plenty of liquids, avoid alcohol.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on November 1, 2018. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient mercaptopurine

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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