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Brand name: Gemhexal

Gemhexal is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) gemfibrozil. On this page you will find out more about Gemhexal, 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: gemfibrozil

Information for medicine and pack size:
Gemhexal 600 mg film-coated tablet, 60

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

Gemhexal is indicated as an adjunct to diet and other therapeutic measures for the following: Severe hypertriglyceridaemia (Type IV and V) in persons who present a risk of pancreatitis and who do not respond adequately to a determined dietary effort to control them. Dyslipidaemia associated with diabetes. Reduction of risk of coronary heart disease in patients with Type IIa and Type IIb hypercholesterolaemia. Because of potential toxicity, such as malignancy, gall bladder disease, abdominal pain leading to appendicectomy and other abdominal surgeries, an increased incidence in non-coronary mortality, and the 29% increase in all-cause mortality seen with the chemically and pharmacologically related drug, clofibrate, the potential benefits of gemfibrozil in treating Type IIa patients with elevations of LDL cholesterol only is not likely to outweigh the risks. In a subgroup analysis of patients in the Helsinki Heart Study with above median HDL cholesterol values at baseline (greater than 1.2mmol/L), the incidence of serious coronary events was similar for gemfibrozil and placebo subgroups. NOTE: GEMHEXAL IS INDICATED WHEN EXERCISE, WEIGHT LOSS AND SPECIFIC DIETARY OR OTHER NONDRUG MEASURES SUCH AS LIMITING ALCOHOL INTAKE HAVE FAILED. OTHER MEDICAL DISORDERS SUCH AS HYPOTHYROIDISM AND DIABETES SHOULD BE CONTROLLED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. PERIODIC DETERMINATIONS OF SERUM LIPIDS SHOULD BE OBTAINED DURING TREATMENT WITH GEMHEXAL. THE DRUG SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN OR ADDITIONAL THERAPY INSTITUTED IF THE LIPID RESPONSE IS DEEMED INADEQUATE AFTER THREE MONTHS.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White, oblong, film-coated tablets

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Dosage Form Tablet, film coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
60 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 2 Years
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

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