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Brand name: Vesanoid TM

Active ingredients: tretinoin

What it is used for

VESANOID should be used for induction of remission in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL; FAB classification AML-M3). Previously untreated patients as well as patients who relapse after or are refractory to standard chemotherapy (daunorubicin and cytosine arabinoside (ARA-C)or equivalent therapies) may be treated with VESANOID. Following complete remission, consolidation full dose chemotherapy should be employed. A loss of responsiveness to VESANOID has been reported among patients maintained on VESANOID. The median time to relapse for patients maintained on VESANOID is 4 to 6 months.

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 30 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Heat
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

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

Visual appearance

Soft gelatin oval capsule, one half orange-yellow opaque, other half reddish-brown opaque.

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Do I need a prescription?

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

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient tretinoin

This medicine is not considered safe during pregnancy. You should discuss this medicine with your doctor or pharmacist. 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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