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Updating medicine ingredient names - list of affected ingredients

1 May 2020

We updated some medicine ingredient names used in Australia to align with names used internationally.

About the list

The list below shows the medicine ingredient names that are changing. This list is split into:

Adrenaline and noradrenaline

Adrenaline and noradrenaline remain as the approved names in Australia. There is no intent to move to using epinephrine and norepinephrine as the new ingredient names.

Instead, medicines containing adrenaline and noradrenaline will include the international names epinephrine and norepinephrine on labels and information leaflets. By including this information on labels indefinitely, we hope to reduce confusion for health professionals and consumers.

Changes to the list

This tab lists changes to the list of affected ingredient names made after April 2016 from most to least recent. These changes are also reflected in the searchable list.

  • November 2016: The ingredient name diatrizoate meglumine has been further updated to amidotrizoate meglumine to ensure consistent naming of diatrizoate derivatives in Australia.
  • November 2016: The ingredient name thyroxine sodium has been updated to the International Nonproprietary Name levothyroxine sodium.

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Old name New name
Adrenaline and noradrenaline
Adrenaline adrenaline (epinephrine)
Adrenaline acid tartrate adrenaline (epinephrine) acid tartrate
Adrenaline acid tartrate (epinephrine acid tartrate) adrenaline (epinephrine) acid tartrate
Adrenaline hydrochloride adrenaline (epinephrine) hydrochloride
Noradrenaline acid tartrate noradrenaline (norepinephrine) acid tartrate monohydrate
Dual labelling (these ingredients will need to show both the old and new name as displayed below on the product label until 2023)
Actinomycin D dactinomycin (actinomycin D)
Amethocaine hydrochloride tetracaine (amethocaine) hydrochloride
Amphotericin amphotericin B (amphotericin)
Amylobarbitone sodium amobarbital (amylobarbitone) sodium
Bacillus Calmette and Guerin Mycobacterium bovis (Bacillus Calmette and Guerin (BCG) strain)
Benzhexol hydrochloride trihexyphenidyl (benzhexol) hydrochloride
Colaspase asparaginase (colaspase)
Co-methylcobalamin mecobalamin (co-methylcobalamin)
Crystal violet CI42555 methylrosanilinium chloride (Crystal violet CI42555)
Cysteamine bitartrate mercaptamine (cysteamine) bitartrate
Dothiepin hydrochloride dosulepin (dothiepin) hydrochloride
Doxycycline hydrochloride doxycycline hyclate (hydrochloride)
Eformoterol formoterol (eformoterol)
Eformoterol fumarate formoterol (eformoterol) fumarate
Eformoterol fumarate dihydrate formoterol (eformoterol) fumarate dihydrate
Frusemide furosemide (frusemide)
Frusemide sodium furosemide (frusemide) sodium
Glycopyrrolate glycopyrronium bromide (glycopyrrolate)
Hydroxyurea hydroxycarbamide (hydroxyurea)
Lignocaine lidocaine (lignocaine)
Lignocaine hydrochloride lidocaine (lignocaine) hydrochloride monohydrate
Lignocaine hydrochloride anhydrous lidocaine (lignocaine) hydrochloride
Oxpentifylline pentoxifylline (oxpentifylline)
Phenobarbitone phenobarbital (phenobarbitone)
Phenobarbitone sodium phenobarbital (phenobarbitone) sodium
Piperazine oestrone sulfate estropipate (piperazine oestrone sulfate)
Procaine penicillin procaine benzylpenicillin (procaine penicillin)
Salcatonin calcitonin salmon (salcatonin)
Tetracosactrin tetracosactide (tetracosactrin)
Trimeprazine tartrate alimemazine (trimeprazine) tartrate
Other significant changes
Acriflavine acriflavinium chloride
Berberine hydrochloride berberine chloride
Butoxyethyl nicotinate nicoboxil
Chitosan poliglusam
Chlorbutol chlorobutanol hemihydrate
Chlorphenamine maleate (Chlorpheniramine maleate) chlorphenamine maleate
Chlorpheniramine maleate chlorphenamine maleate
Diclofenac diethylammonium diclofenac diethylamine
Glutaraldehyde glutaral
Glycol salicylate hydroxyethyl salicylate
Hexamine hippurate methenamine hippurate
Hydroxyethylrutosides oxerutins
Hydroxyquinoline sulfate oxyquinoline sulfate
Insulin - human insulin
Iodobenzylguanidine(131I) sulfate iobenguane (131I) sulfate
Laureth-9 lauromacrogol 400
Maldison malathion
Meglumine diatrizoate amidotrizoate meglumine
Octyl triazone ethylhexyl triazone
Oxethazaine oxetacaine
Rutin rutoside
Sodium diatrizoate sodium amidotrizoate
Tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride tetryzoline hydrochloride
Thiamine phosphate acid ester chloride dihydrate monophosphothiamine dihydrate
Thiamine phosphoric acid ester chloride monophosphothiamine
thyroxine sodium levothyroxine sodium
Triethanolamine lauryl sulfate trolamine lauril sulfate
Triethanolamine salicylate trolamine salicylate
Minor spelling changes
Alpha tocopherol dl-alpha-tocopherol
Alpha tocopherol acetate dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate
Aminacrine hydrochloride aminoacridine hydrochloride
Amlodipine besylate amlodipine besilate
Amoxycillin amoxicillin
Amoxycillin sodium amoxicillin sodium
Amoxycillin trihydrate amoxicillin trihydrate
Atracurium besylate atracurium besilate
Beclomethasone Dipropionate beclometasone dipropionate
Benztropine mesylate benzatropine mesilate
Bromocriptine mesylate bromocriptine mesilate
Cephalexin cefalexin monohydrate
Cephalexin anhydrous cefalexin
Cephalothin sodium cefalotin sodium
Cephamandole cefamandole
Cephazolin cefazolin
Cephazolin sodium cefazolin sodium
Chlorthalidone chlortalidone
Cholecalciferol colecalciferol
Cholestyramine colestyramine
Cisatracurium besylate cisatracurium besilate
Clomiphene citrate clomifene citrate
Cyclosporin ciclosporin
Desferrioxamine mesylate desferrioxamine mesilate
Dexamphetamine sulfate dexamfetamine sulfate
Dextropropoxyphene napsylate dextropropoxyphene napsilate monohydrate
Di-iodohydroxyquinoline diiodohydroxyquinoline
Diphemanil methylsulfate diphemanil metilsulfate
Dimethicone 350 dimeticone 350
dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate
Dolasetron mesylate dolasetron mesilate monohydrate
Doxazosin mesylate doxazosin mesilate
Eprosartan mesylate eprosartan mesilate
Ethacrynic acid etacrynic acid
Ethinyloestradiol ethinylestradiol
Ethynodiol diacetate etynodiol diacetate
Flumethasone pivalate flumetasone pivalate
Flupenthixol decanoate flupentixol decanoate
Guaiphenesin guaifenesin
Haematoporphyrin hematoporphyrin
Haematoporphyrin dihydrochloride hematoporphyrin dihydrochloride
Heparinoid heparinoids
Hexachlorophane hexachlorophene
Hexamidine isethionate hexamidine isetionate
Indomethacin indometacin
Imatinib mesylate imatinib mesilate
Indomethacin sodium indometacin sodium trihydrate
Lactobacillus kefir Lactobacillus kefiri
Lapatinib ditosylate monohydrate lapatinib ditosilate monohydrate
Oestradiol estradiol
Oestradiol hemihydrate estradiol hemihydrate
Oestradiol valerate estradiol valerate
Oestrogens - conjugated conjugated estrogens
Oestriol estriol
Pentamidine isethionate pentamidine isetionate
Pericyazine periciazine
Phytic acid fytic acid
Prochlorperazine mesylate prochlorperazine mesilate
Retinyl acetate retinol acetate
Retinyl palmitate retinol palmitate
Saquinavir mesylate saquinavir mesilate
Sorafenib tosylate sorafenib tosilate
Testosterone enanthate testosterone enantate
Thioguanine tioguanine
Hydration change only
Alum alum dodecahydrate
Aluminium hydroxide aluminium hydroxide hydrate
Aluminium hydroxide - dried aluminium hydroxide
Aluminium nitrate aluminium nitrate nonahydrate
Aluminium sulfate aluminium sulfate hydrate
Amiloride hydrochloride amiloride hydrochloride dihydrate
Antimony potassium tartrate antimony potassium tartrate trihydrate
Apomorphine hydrochloride apomorphine hydrochloride hemihydrate
Atropine sulfate atropine sulfate monohydrate
Bupivacaine hydrochloride bupivacaine hydrochloride monohydrate
Bupivacaine hydrochloride anhydrous bupivacaine hydrochloride
Calcium chloride calcium chloride dihydrate
Calcium citrate hydrate calcium citrate tetrahydrate
Calcium gluconate calcium gluconate monohydrate
Calcium hydrogen phosphate calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate
Calcium hydrogen phosphate anhydrous calcium hydrogen phosphate
Calcium lactate anhydrous calcium lactate
Carbidopa carbidopa monohydrate
Carbidopa anhydrous carbidopa
Citric acid - anhydrous citric acid
Chromic chloride chromic chloride hexahydrate
Codeine phosphate codeine phosphate hemihydrate
Cupric sulfate anhydrous cupric sulfate
Cyclophosphamide cyclophosphamide monohydrate
Cyproheptadine hydrochloride cyproheptadine hydrochloride sesquihydrate
Dantrolene sodium dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate
Dextromethorphan hydrobromide dextromethorphan hydrobromide monohydrate
Ethylmorphine hydrochloride ethylmorphine hydrochloride dihydrate
Ferrous lactate ferrous lactate trihydrate
Ferrous phosphate ferrous phosphate octahydrate
Ferrous sulfate ferrous sulfate heptahydrate
Ferrous sulfate - dried ferrous sulfate
Flucloxacillin sodium flucloxacillin sodium monohydrate
Flurbiprofen sodium flurbiprofen sodium dihydrate
Fusidic acid fusidic acid hemihydrate
Glucose glucose monohydrate
Glucose - anhydrous glucose
Hyoscyamine sulfate hyoscyamine sulfate dihydrate
Ipratropium bromide ipratropium bromide monohydrate
Ipratropium bromide anhydrous ipratropium bromide
Irinotecan hydrochloride irinotecan hydrochloride trihydrate
Lincomycin hydrochloride lincomycin hydrochloride monohydrate
Magnesium acetate magnesium acetate tetrahydrate
Magnesium aspartate magnesium aspartate tetrahydrate
Magnesium aspartate anhydrous magnesium aspartate
Magnesium carbonate magnesium carbonate hydrate
Magnesium carbonate - heavy magnesium carbonate hydrate
Magnesium carbonate - light magnesium carbonate hydrate
Magnesium chloride magnesium chloride hexahydrate
Magnesium lactate magnesium lactate dihydrate
Magnesium phosphate magnesium phosphate pentahydrate
Magnesium phosphate - tribasic anhydrous magnesium phosphate tribasic
Magnesium sulfate magnesium sulfate heptahydrate
Manganese chloride manganese chloride tetrahydrate
Manganese sulfate manganese sulfate tetrahydrate
Methyldopa methyldopa sesquihydrate
Methyldopa anhydrous methyldopa
Metoclopramide hydrochloride metoclopramide hydrochloride monohydrate
Metoclopramide hydrochloride anhydrous metoclopramide hydrochloride
Mercaptopurine mercaptopurine monohydrate
Minocycline hydrochloride minocycline hydrochloride dihydrate
Morphine hydrochloride morphine hydrochloride trihydrate
Morphine sulfate morphine sulfate pentahydrate
Naloxone hydrochloride naloxone hydrochloride dihydrate
Naloxone hydrochloride anhydrous naloxone hydrochloride
Quinine bisulfate quinine bisulfate heptahydrate
Quinine sulfate quinine sulfate dihydrate
Sodium carbonate anhydrous sodium carbonate
Sodium citrate anhydrous sodium citrate
sodium phosphate - dibasic dibasic sodium phosphate heptahydrate
Sodium phosphate - dibasic anhydrous dibasic sodium phosphate
Sodium sulfate sodium sulfate decahydrate
Sodium sulfate anhydrous sodium sulfate
Sodium thiosulfate sodium thiosulfate pentahydrate
Other minor changes
Bee honey bee
Bee venom honey bee venom
Cyanocobalamin(57Co) cyanocobalamin (57Co)
Dimeglumine gadobenate gadobenate dimeglumine
Dimeglumine gadopentetate gadopentetate dimeglumine
Disodium etidronate etidronate disodium
Disodium pamidronate pamidronate disodium
Gallium(67Ga) citrate gallium (67Ga) citrate
Glucosamine sulfate-potassium chloride complex glucosamine sulfate potassium chloride
Glucosamine sulfate-sodium chloride complex glucosamine sulfate sodium chloride
Indium(111In) chloride indium (111In) chloride
Indium(111In) hydroxyquinoline indium (111In) hydroxyquinoline
Indium(111In) pentetate indium (111In) pentetate
Iobenguane(123I) sulfate iobenguane (123I) sulfate
Manganese aspartate manganese diaspartate
Meglumine iothalamate iotalamate meglumine
Meglumine iotroxate iotroxate meglumine
Meglumine ioxaglate ioxaglate meglumine
meta-Cresol metacresol
Mussel - green lipped green lipped mussel
Paraffin - soft white white soft paraffin
Pramipexole hydrochloride pramipexole dihydrochloride
Pramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate pramipexole dihydrochloride monohydrate
R,S-alpha Lipoic acid alpha lipoic acid
Samarium samarium (153Sm)
sodium phosphate - monobasic monobasic sodium phosphate

Excipient ingredient changes

Old name New name
2-hydroxymethylfuran furfuryl alcohol
3-phenyl propyl alcohol phenylpropanol
6-acetyl-1,1,3,4,4,6-hexamethyl tetrahydronaphthalene 7-acetyl-1,1,3,4,4,6-hexamethyl tetrahydronaphthalene
8-hydroxyquinoline oxyquinoline
Alizarin cyanine green F acid green 25
Allylamyl glycollate allyl amyl glycolate
Aluminium oxide anhydrous aluminium oxide
Benzodihydropyrone dihydrocoumarin
C12-15 alkyl benzoate alkyl (C12-15) benzoate
Calcium sulfate calcium sulfate dihydrate
Calcium sulfate anhydrous calcium sulfate
Caldiamide sodium caldiamide sodium hydrate
Caprylic/capric triglyceride medium chain triglycerides
Cellacephate cellacefate
Cetyl dimethicone cetyl dimeticone
cis-3-Hexenyl caproate cis-3-hexenyl hexanoate
Coco-caprylate/caprate coco-octanoate/decanoate
DEA-C8-18 perfluoroalkylethyl phosphate diolamine C8-18 perfluoroalkylethyl phosphate
DEA-cetyl phosphate diolamine cetyl phosphate
Decan-1-ol decyl alcohol
Diazolidinylurea diazolidinyl urea
Diethyl toluamide diethyltoluamide
Di-isopropanolamine diisopropanolamine
Dimethicone 10 dimeticone 10
Dimethicone 100 dimeticone 100
Dimethicone 1000 dimeticone 1000
Dimethicone 1510 dimeticone 1510
Dimethicone 20 dimeticone 20
Dimethicone 200 dimeticone 200
Dimethicone 30 dimeticone 30
Dimethicone 450 dimeticone 450
Dimethicone 5 dimeticone 5
Dimethicone 50 dimeticone 50
Dimethicone copolyol dimeticone copolyol
Dimethiconol dimeticonol
Dimethiconol stearate dimeticonol stearate
Di-N propyl isocinchomeronate di-n-propyl isocinchomeronate
Diphenyl ether diphenyl oxide
dl-alpha tocopherol phosphate disodium dl-alpha-tocopheryl phosphate disodium
DMDM Hydantoin dimethylol dimethyl hydantoin
Edetate dipotassium edetate dipotassium dihydrate
Eosine acid red 87
Ethanolamine monoethanolamine
Ether - solvent ether
Ethyl oenantate ethyl enantate
Ethyl oenanthate ethyl enantate
Ethylene glycol monostearate ethylene glycol monopalmitostearate
Ethylene/VA copolymer ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer
Ferric chloride anhydrous ferric chloride
Ferric nitrate ferric nitrate nonahydrate
Glycerol triacetate triacetin
Glyceryl mono-oleate glyceryl monooleate
Glycol stearate ethylene glycol monopalmitostearate
Glycollic acid glycolic acid
Glycyrrhetinic acid enoxolone
Hercolyn methyl hydrogenated rosinate
Hydroxyethylcellulose hyetellose
Hydroxyethylmethylcellulose hymetellose
Hydroxypropyl beta cyclodextrin hydroxypropylbetadex
Hydroxypropylcellulose hyprolose
Isoascorbic acid erythorbic acid
iso-Cyclocitral isocyclocitral
Isopropyl adipate diisopropyl adipate
Isopropyl hydroxybenzoate isopropyl 4-hydroxybenzoate
Lactose lactose monohydrate
Lactose anhydrous lactose
Lauryl diethanolamide lauramide DEA
Laurylmethicone copolyol laurylmeticone copolyol
Lime calcium oxide
Meglumine pentetate pentetate meglumine
Menthyl acetate l-menthyl acetate
Methyl sulfide dimethyl sulfide
Monosodium glutamate monosodium glutamate monohydrate
Neopentyl glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate neopentyl glycol dioctanoate/didecanoate
Paraffin - soft yellow yellow soft paraffin
Pentaerythrityl tetraoctanoate pentaerythrityl tetralaurate
Polystyrene sulfonate polystyrene sulfonate hydrogen
polystyrene sulfonate - hydrogen polystyrene sulfonate hydrogen
Potassium acid tartrate potassium hydrogen tartrate
Propylene glycol dicaprate propylene glycol didecanoate
Propylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate propylene glycol dioctanoate/didecanoate
PVP/VA Copolymer copovidone
Sodium calciumedetate sodium calcium edetate
Sodium citrate sodium citrate dihydrate
Sodium phosphate - monobasic anhydrous monobasic sodium phosphate
Sodium stearyl 2-lactylate sodium stearoyl lactylate
Sodium sulfite anhydrous sodium sulfite
TEA-lauryl sulfate trolamine lauril sulfate
Triethanolamine trolamine

Version history

Version Description of change Author Effective date
V1.0 Original publication Medicines Regulation Division 23/11/2015
V1.1 Added two changes: diatrizoate meglumine to amidotrizoate meglumine and thyroxine sodium to levothyroxine sodium Medicines Regulation Division 28/11/2016