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Brand name: Extavia

Extavia is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) interferon beta-1b. On this page you will find out more about Extavia, 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: interferon beta-1b

Information for medicine and pack size:
Extavia (15 x 8 million units (250 microgram) vials, 15 x 1.2 mL inert diluent syringes), 1 pack

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

Extavia is indicated for the treatment of: - Ambulatory patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) characterised by at least two attacks of neurologic dysfunction over a two year period followed by complete or incomplete recovery. - Extavia is also indicated for the reduction of frequency and severity of clinical relapses, and for the slowing of progression of disease in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. - The treatment of patients with a single clinical event suggestive of multiple sclerosis and at least two clinically silent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lesions characteristic of multiple sclerosis, if alternative diagnoses have been excluded.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Medicine schedule
15 x 0.25mg powder for injection vials with 1.2mL diluent syringes: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
Part 1
Part 1
Visual appearance Pre filled syringe containing clear colourless solution
Dosage Form Diluent, not applicable
Route of administration Subcutaneous
Part 2
Part 2
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Subcutaneous

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
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

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

Check if you can use your medicine whilst playing sport. Search the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) database that provides information about the prohibited status of specific medications and/or the active ingredient based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

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