Propylthiouracil

Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland in the body makes and releases too much thyroid hormone. People who have high thyroid levels may suffer from fast heart rates, weight loss, feel warm all the time and feel irritable. Propylthiouracil works by reducing the amount of thyroid hormone made.

What is ​​this medication used for?

Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland in the body makes and releases too much thyroid hormone. People who have high thyroid levels may suffer from fast heart rates, weight loss, feel warm all the time and feel irritable. Propylthiouracil works by reducing the amount of thyroid hormone made.

Dosage and How to Use

  • Do not stop taking your medicines without checking with your doctors.

  • If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

  • This medicine can be taken with or without food.

Side Effects, Precautions, Contraindication

What are the possible side effects of the medicine?

Some side effects include nausea, stomach upset, changes in taste, feeling tired or a headache.

In some cases, this medicine may affect your liver and blood counts.

If you experience any of the following serious side-effects, stop taking propylthiouracil and seek medical attention immediately:

  • Yellowing of your skin or eye

  • Dark coloured urine

  • Loss of appetite

  • Right upper abdominal pain

  • Muscle pain

  • Fever

  • Unusual bruising or bleeding

  • Any signs of infection such as a sore throat or mouth ulcers

  • Feeling unusually tired

How do I know if I am allergic to this medicine?

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips

  • Difficulty in breathing

  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medicine immediately and see your doctor.

What precautions should I follow when taking the medicine?

Before starting on this medicine, inform your doctor and pharmacist if you:

  • have liver problems.

  • have kidney problems.

  • are taking medications that thin the blood such as warfarin.

Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or likely to become pregnant while you are taking this medicine.

There are some medicines that may affect the level of propylthiouracil in your body. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist before taking other medicines, vitamins, herbal products and other traditional medicines.

Handling and Storage

  • Keep your medicines in the original container or packaging, tightly closed or sealed in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight.

  • Keep the medicine out of reach of children.

  • Throw away all expired medicines.

This article answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

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