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Brand name: Lanvis

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

Information for medicine and pack size:
Lanvis 40 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 10 OCTOBER 2005: Acute myeloblastic leukaemia. Less commonly, chronic granulocytic (myelocytic, myeloid, myelogenous) leukaemia. Although superior results are generally obtained with busulphan (Myleran) in the treatment of chronic granulocytic leukaemia. LANVIS may be useful during blast crises or periods of thrombocytopenia induced by busulphan or other therapy. A degree of cross resistance exists between LANVIS (thioguanine) and Puri-Nethol (mercaptopurine) and generally it is not to be expected that patients who no longer respond to mercaptopurine will respond to thioguanine or vice versa. Unlike mercaptopurine the detoxification of LANVIS is not dependent on xanthine oxidase, hence therapy with LANVIS is not affected by the xanthine oxidase inhibitor, allopurinol (Zyloprim). Recent evidence suggests that LANVIS is particularly useful in concurrent or sequelist combination with other antineoplastic drugs, e.g., cytosine arabinoside. Not effective for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia or solid tumours. The aim of therapy is to achieve normal appearance of the bone marrow and pheripheral blood. It is recognised, however, that in treating acute leukaemia, one may not always be able to achieve complete remissions and must be satisfied with partial improvement.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White to off-white tablet, round, biconvex scored and marked "T40" on one side and plain on the other

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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 Store in a Dry Place,Protect from Light
Life time 4 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

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