Lanvis 40mg Tablets 25


Drug Name: thioguanine
Private Price $240.39
PBS $37.30
Concession $5.20
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

Note: Private, PBS and our prices are available to the general public. Concession and Safety Net prices are only available to people with the appropriate concession or Safety Net cards. See Prescriptions for more details.


This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Lanvis 40mg Tablets 25

Lanvis 40mg Tablets 25

Product ID: 61878

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information


Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about LANVIS. It does not contain all of the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of giving you this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What LANVIS is used for
LANVIS contains thioguanine as the active ingredient. It belongs to a group of medicines called cytotoxics.

LANVIS is used solely or in combination with other medicines to treat certain types of blood disorders (leukaemia).

LANVIS acts by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why LANVIS has been prescribed for you.

Your doctor may have prescribed it for another purpose.

This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.

There is no evidence that it is addictive.

Before you take it
When you must not take it
Do not take LANVIS if you have ever had an allergic reaction to:

any of the tablet ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty in breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or any other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin.

Do not take it if:

you have severe liver or kidney disease
you have leucopenia, a lack of white blood cells
you have anaemia, a lack of red blood cells
you have fever and chills caused by a virus (viraemia)
the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed
the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines or any other foods, dyes or preservatives.

Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following conditions:

you have recently been vaccinated or are planning to be vaccinated
kidney or liver disease
blood disorders
Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome
a condition where your body produces too little of a natural chemical called thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT).
Tell your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or intending to father a child.

As with all cytotoxic drugs, LANVIS may harm eggs and sperm. You or your partner should take adequate contraceptive precautions while you are taking this medicine.

Do not take LANVIS if you are pregnant or breast feeding unless you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking LANVIS.

Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your supermarket, pharmacy or health food shop.

Some medicines may be affected by LANVIS or may affect how well it works. You may need to take different amounts of your medicine or you may need to take different medicines. These include:

aminosalicylate derivatives e.g. olsalazine,mesalazine or sulphasalazine
vaccinations with 'live' organism vaccines.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking this medicine.

How to take it
How much to take
Take LANVIS exactly as directed by your doctor.

Your doctor will decide what dose and for how long you will be taking LANVIS. This depends on factors such as your weight, any pre-existing conditions and your response to the treatment. Your doctor may change the dose and frequency of your medicine as your condition changes.

Your doctor may order regular blood cell count and liver function tests while you are taking LANVIS in order to monitor your condition and to change your dose if necessary.

How long to take it for
Your doctor will tell you how long to take LANVIS for.

Do not stop taking LANVIS or change the dose without first checking with your doctor.

If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much LANVIS, even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

You may need urgent medical attention.

While you are taking it
Things you must do
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken your medicine exactly as directed.

Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not working as it should and change your treatment unnecessarily.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the one you have missed.

Visit your doctor regularly so they can check your progress and make sure your medicine is working.

Tell any other specialist, doctor, dentist or pharmacist that you are on LANVIS, especially if you are about to be started on any new medicines, immunisations, vaccinations or radiotherapy.

Tell your doctor if you become pregnant, are trying to become pregnant or trying to father a child.

Things you must not do
Do not give this medicine to anyone else even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.

Do not use LANVIS to treat any other complaints unless your doctor says to.

Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how LANVIS affects you.

Do not have any vaccinations without your doctor's approval.

LANVIS can lower the number of white blood cells and platelets in your blood. This means that you have an increased chance of getting an infection or bleeding.

Side effects
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking LANVIS.

All medicines can cause some side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following:

nausea and vomiting
jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin)
weight gain due to fluid retention
swelling due to build-up of fluid around the stomach
frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
blood in the urine
lowered resistance to disease (immunosuppression)
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following allergic-type symptoms:

wheezing, swelling of the lips or mouth, difficulty in breathing, hayfever, lumpy rash (hives) or fainting.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell, even if you think the problems are not connected with this medicine and are not referred to in this leaflet.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects.

You may not experience any of them.

After taking it
Keep your tablets in the bottle until it is time to take them. If you take the medicine out of the bottle it may not keep as well.

Keep it in a cool, dry place, protected from light, where the temperature stays below 25°C.

Do not leave it in a car, on window sills, near a sink or in the bathroom. Heat and dampness can affect some medicines.

Keep it where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.

Product description
What it looks like
LANVIS tablets are round and cream coloured with a break-bar and "WELLCOME U3B" on one side. The other side is plain.

Available in bottles of 25 tablets.

Active ingredient:
Each tablet contains 40 mg of thioguanine.

Inactive ingredients:

magnesium stearate
stearic acid.
LANVIS tablets do not contain sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.

Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd
34-36 Chandos Street
St Leonards NSW 2065

Australian Registration Number: AUST R 11110

This leaflet was revised in September 2010.

Published by MIMS/myDr November 2010

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