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Brand name: Galvus

Galvus is a brand of tablets containing the active ingredient vildagliptin. It is only available with a doctor’s prescription.

Galvus belongs to a group of diabetes medicines called DPP-4 inhibitors, or dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors. Galvus is used to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Galvus is taken along with certain other diabetes medicines if you are unable to take a diabetes medicine called metformin. It is used to control your blood sugar level. You should continue to follow your healthcare professional’s recommendations on diet and physical activity to manage your diabetes.

Galvus tablets are to be swallowed whole with a glass of water.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: vildagliptin

Information for medicine and pack size:
Galvus 50 mg uncoated 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

Treatment of diabetes mellitus type 2 in persons 18 years of age and older, as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes: - As monotherapy, in patients inadequately controlled by diet and exercise alone and for whom metformin is inappropriate due to contraindications or intolerance. - In dual combination with one of metformin, a sulfonylurea or pioglitazone when diet, exercise and the single agent do not result in adequate glycaemic control. - In triple combination with a sulfonylurea and metformin when diet and exercise plus dual therapy with these agents do not provide adequate glycaemic control. - In combination with insulin (with or without metformin) when diet, exercise and a stable dose of insulin do not result in adequate glycaemic control.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White to light yellowish, round, flat faced, bevelled edge tablet. One side debossed with 'NVR' and the other side with 'FB'.

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Dosage Form Tablet, uncoated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
112 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
14 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
28 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
56 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
7 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 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Moisture
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 May 2018

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