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What are some side effects when you stop taking your methimazole medication for thyroid problems?

What are some side effects when you stop taking your methimazole medication for thyroid problems?

Return of symptoms: If you stop methimazole, you might have return of the original symptoms prior to starting methimazole, that is, hyperthyroid symptoms such as: feeling nervous, fast heartbeat, weight loss, feeling hot, trouble sleeping, feeling anxious, sweating heavily, muscle weakness, increased appetite, frequent bowel movement... ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Methimazole (Definition)

Methimazole is a thyroid agent. ...Read more


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I have a hyperthyroid and I am taking methimazole - will this medication make you depressed? If so what else can you do?

Hyperthyroidism: It is unlikely that your med to treat your overactive thyroid is making you depressed. It is very common as your body is going through hyper to normal and then perhaps hypothyroid state to have many mood swings. Stay active, exercise and talk to your doctor if it continues. I would not stop the med without asking your doctor. ...Read more

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I have to take medication for hyperthyroidism. Which is better to take, pt or methimazole?

I have to take medication for hyperthyroidism. Which is better to take, pt or methimazole?

Hyperthyroid meds: For most patients, the two medications are roughly equal, with maybe a slight edge for methimazole due to once daily dosing for many patients. In children, PTU (propylthiouracil) is avoided due to an increased risk for liver toxicity. In pregnant women, methimazole is preferred due to the rare occurrence of a birth defect involving the skin. Talk with your doctor to find out if which med is best for you. ...Read more

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My husband is 32 years old with left sided exopthalmos, he is on medication of tapazole (methimazole) 5mg a day? Does he need to take again prednisone and how long?

My husband is 32 years old with left sided exopthalmos, he is on medication of tapazole (methimazole) 5mg a day? Does he need to take again prednisone and how long?

Possibly: It sounds like your husband has graves disease. Taking tapazole (methimazole) controls the thyroid level but does not affect his eyes if the exophthalmos is due to graves disease. Prednisone can be helpful if there is a lot of inflammation associated with his eyes. This needs to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist with expertise in graves eye disease, typically a neuro-ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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My endo prescribe me 5 mg tapazole (methimazole) should I stop taking omega 3, vit? Is there any natural treatment for grave desease? I am scared with medication

My endo prescribe me 5 mg tapazole (methimazole) should I stop taking omega 3, vit? Is there any natural treatment for grave desease? I am scared with medication

Grave's Disease: You should not have any fears of taking tapazole (methimazole). The medication has been around for over 30 years and works well for the treatment of grave's disease. There are no proven natural treatments for grave's disease. You should not stop omega 3s or vitamins, however, during your treatments. The disorder should resolve in 1-2 years and you should no longer need the tapazole (methimazole). Do not fear taking this. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the drugs Synthroid (thyroxine) and methimazole?

What is the difference between the drugs Synthroid (thyroxine) and methimazole?

Different: They treat different spectrum of thyroid disease. Synthroid (thyroxine) is thyroid hormone so we use it to treat people with low thyroid hormone. Methimazole slows down thyroid hormone production so we use it to treat patients with high thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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I am taking methimazole and metoprolol to treat hyperthyroidism. Are there any OTC drugs I should not take at the same time?

I am taking methimazole and metoprolol to treat hyperthyroidism. Are there any OTC drugs I should not take at the same time?

Hyperthyroidism: Hi. As long as your hyperthyroidism is treated, any OTC drugs should be OK. Once the methimazole dose is effectively adjusted to attain normal thyroid function, you'll be able to stop the metoprolol, and that will be even better. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take fertility drugs when you have graves disease (I take 10 mg of methimazole once daily)?

Is it safe to take fertility drugs when you have graves disease (I take 10 mg of methimazole once daily)?

Yes: Yes the medicines are safe. Your thyroid tests need to be monitored to make sure they are stable over time. A rise in your hormones can alter your thyroid hormones but this is easily monitored. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with severe graves 2 years ago and treated with methimazole and atenolol. Doing well now, but is it safe to continue with this drug treatmen?

Diagnosed with severe graves 2 years ago and treated with methimazole and atenolol. Doing well now, but is it safe to continue with this drug treatmen?

Hyperthyroid Rx: There are risks associated with chronic Methimazole treatment--notably drops in your blood counts or severe hepatitis, which fortunately are not very common. The question to ask your doctor is whether your disease is likely to subside over time or continue indefinitely. You might want to consider either surgery or treatment with radioactive iodine for disease that is expected to last a long time. ...Read more

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Does the drug methimazole increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer?

Does the drug methimazole increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer?

No: I am not aware of any such problem with methimazole. Only drugs that have estrogenic hormone like properties have some small risk. ...Read more

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I have hashimotos and graves. Rare? On methimazole almost 2yrs. Regarding thyroidectomy or radiation, is drug therapy just putting off the inevitable?

I have hashimotos and graves. Rare? On methimazole almost 2yrs. Regarding thyroidectomy or radiation, is drug therapy just putting off the inevitable?

Likely: Wow its very rare to have both together. Yes ultimately will likely need surgery, but should discuss with endocrinologist first. ...Read more

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What is methimazole used for?

What is methimazole used for?

Hyperthyroidism: Methimazole also known as tapazole (methimazole) is used to treat hyperthyroidism. This would include grave's disease, toxic multinodular goiter or toxic nodule. It is an alternative to radioactive iodine therapy or surgery. ...Read more

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Is methimazole a safe medicine?

Is methimazole a safe medicine?

Usually: Most people have no problem with Methimazole but, like any medication, there can be side effects. The most serious is a suppression of the bone marrow which will impair the body's ability to fight infections. If a person takes Methimazole and gets fever, infection, sore throat or anything worse than a runny nose, they need to stop the med and call their doctor immediately for a blood test. ...Read more

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What are the common uses of methimazole?

What are the common uses of methimazole?

Hyperthyroidism: Methimazole is used only for hyperthyroidism or over active thyroid. This can be due to graves disease (autoimmune hyperthyroidism or for nodules that overproduce thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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Can methimazole (tapazole) effect vision?

Can methimazole (tapazole) effect vision?

No: According to pubmed, ahfs consumer medication information,
methimazole does not have side effects to the eyes. Its side effects include:skin rash, upset stomach, , dizziness etc.
Methimazole is normally used to treat hyperthyrodism. Thyroid diseases can however affect the eyes and cause dry eyes and other eye diseases. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0000686/
http://emedicine. Medsca. ...Read more

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How long before tapazole (methimazole) kicks in?

How long before tapazole (methimazole) kicks in?

About 4-6 weeks: Tapazole (methimazole) has a slow onset of action. With initiation/change of dose, it may take ~4-6 weeks before symptomatic improvement is noticed (thus other therapies are used with tapazole for initial symptomatic relief). Depending on patient variables complete response could be achieved in 2- 4 months. Keep scheduled visits with your doctor for monitoring. Report any unresolved skin rashes. ...Read more

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Is there any way to not gain weight on methimazole?

Is there any way to not gain weight on methimazole?

Diet and exercise: Methimazole is given to correct hyperthyroidism. If you are losing weight because your thyroid is overactive, you may start to gain it back when the thyroid is regulated properly. However, if you burn more calories than you take in - you will not gain excessive weight. ...Read more

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What would happen if I suddenly stopped taking my methimazole tapazole meds?

What would happen if I suddenly stopped taking my methimazole tapazole meds?

Symptoms recur: It is likely that if you stopped your medication the underlying hyperthyroidism that it was treating would recur. ...Read more

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I just switched over from tablets e 205 5mg methimazole to b p 655 tablet 5mg tablet methimazole. What is the difference between the two tablets.

Same: E205 is made by sandoz pharmaceutical. Bp655 is made by bopca pharmacal, inc. Both are the same Methimazole concentration of 5 mg. ...Read more

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What are the signs of going from hyperthyrodism to hypothyrodism by taking methimazole?

What are the signs of going from hyperthyrodism to hypothyrodism by taking methimazole?

Reverse symptoms: Hi. You know the symptoms you had from untreated hyperthyroidism. Most (not all) of the symptoms of hypo are just the opposite. Instead of hotter, you feel cooler. Instead of weight loss, you have weight gain. Instead of increased BMs, you have constipation. Instead of skin moist & smooth, it's rough & dry. Generally, you feel fatigued with both, and you can lose hair with both. Check TSH, free T4 ...Read more

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Side effects from methimazole?

Side effects from methimazole?

Tapazole (methimazole): Some common side effects of Methimazole are" rash, nausea, vomiting, joint pain, loss of taste, hair loss, muscle pain, itchiness, drowsiness, dizziness, swelling, liver problems, bone marrow suppression... ...Read more

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Can I drink while taking methimazole?

Can I drink while taking methimazole?

Hyperthyroidism: Do you mean alcohol? Both have the potential for liver toxicity. In moderation, there should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Side effects from methimazole unpleasant?

Side effects from methimazole unpleasant?

Usually not: Most common side effects are rash, nausea, vomiting, headache, headache, swelling. It's used to treat hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism are more unpleasant in my opinion compared to methimazole. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight instead of gaining while on methimazole?

How can I lose weight instead of gaining while on methimazole?

Check thyroid level: Make sure you're on the right dose of Methimazole and your thyroid level is normal. When your thyroid was overactive, it taught you to eat more, and that mechanism doesn't turn off by itself. You have to lower your intake mentally since you're not burning off as many calories as you used to. ...Read more

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What are the side effects when you stop taking your methimazole?

What are the side effects when you stop taking your methimazole?

Return of symptoms: If you stop methimazole, you might have return of the original symptoms prior to starting methimazole, that is, hyperthyroid symptoms such as: feeling nervous, fast heartbeat, weight loss, feeling hot, trouble sleeping, feeling anxious, sweating heavily, muscle weakness, increased appetite, frequent bowel movement... ...Read more

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How long is Methimazole prescribed for? 1 year or 2 years? In Europe, it's prescribed indefinitely. Why is the US different?

There are: As many opinions about this as there are Endocrinologists and it is a BOARD CERTIFIED Endocrinologist whom you should consult for the treatment of Hyperthyroidsim!
Mild cases which remit promptly may result is treatment times as short as 6 months...long standing cases one-two years. Generally in the US treatmenent with Radioactive Iodine may be suggested after one year! ...Read more

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Travelled to america and left my carbimazole tablets back home, I heard methimazole is similar to carbimazole, should I take it in the meantime?

Travelled to america and left my carbimazole tablets back home, I heard methimazole is similar to carbimazole, should I take it in the meantime?

The two drugs: Are similar and the doses are relatively equal. Check with a local doctor as some sort of therapy is indicated if you're going to be in america for a period of more than 1-2 days. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Tapazole (Definition)

Tapazole is a thyroid agent. ...Read more