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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Methimazole (Definition)

Methimazole is a thyroid ...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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Synthroid (thyroxine) or Armour Thyroid for hypothyriodism?

Synthroid (thyroxine) or Armour Thyroid for  hypothyriodism?

Levothyroxine.: Levothyroxine, generic form of synthroid, has many advantages over armour thyroid. The armour product has significant batch to batch variation and has T3 (liothyronine) in it. Since the T3 (liothyronine) portion of armour has a very quick onset and short duration, it can wreak havoc with the ability to effectively treat hypothyroidism. Until there is a long-acting form of T3 (liothyronine) available, stick to levothyroxine. ...Read more

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Is everyone using ptu (propylthiouracil) for graves disease?

Is everyone using ptu (propylthiouracil) for graves disease?

No: There are essentially three approaches to managing hyperthyroidism: surgical removal of gland, radiation therapy to the gland, medication (tapazole, propylthiouracil) to block the gland from taking up iodine and forming too much hormone. The symptoms must be treated often first with beta-blocker. Treatment options need by discussed and tailored for each person, depending on age, other probs, etc. ...Read more

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Armour vs thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) for thyriod medicine?

Armour vs thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine)  for thyriod medicine?

Not the best: All of the major professional societies for thyroid specialists, the endocrine society, the american thyroid association, and the american association of clinical endocrinologists have issued formal statements indicating that levothyroxine is the best choice for most patients. Both armour and thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) provide too much T3 relative to t4, making it very difficult to keep tsh, free T4 & T3 normal. ...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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Which is more effective ptu (propylthiouracil) or methimazole?

PTU (propylthiouracil): May be more effective as it blocks peripheral conversion of T4 to t3 (liothyronine) in body, but it has somewhat greater risk side effects. ...Read more

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Anyone taken armour, thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine)?

Anyone taken armour, thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine)?

Not the best: All of the major professional societies for thyroid specialists, the endocrine society, the american thyroid association, and the american association of clinical endocrinologists have issued formal statements indicating that levothyroxine is the best choice for most patients. Both armour and thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) provide too much T3 relative to t4, making it very difficult to keep tsh, free T4 & T3 normal. ...Read more

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Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?

Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?

Eye disease: Smoking will greatly increase your risk for developing grave's exophthalmopathy. Essentially, the eyes are pushed out because of immune deposits behind them. This will make it difficult for you to close your eyes. People go blind from this depending on severity. We don't understand why smoking increases your risk but it does. ...Read more

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I have hyperthyroidism. Is taking ptu (propylthiouracil) ok in pregnancy?

I have hyperthyroidism. Is taking ptu (propylthiouracil) ok in pregnancy?

Category "D": Ptu (propylthiouracil) works by preventing a final stage of thyroid hormone assembly in the gland.The fetal gland is generally finished forming by 11wks, & they begin to make their own hormone. While most would avoid ptu (propylthiouracil) after 11 wks, it is a better choice for early pregnancy than some alternatives. You need to discuss your pregnancy concerns with your dr & come up with a plan that works for u & baby. ...Read more

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Is unithroid better than synthroid (thyroxine)?

Is unithroid better than synthroid (thyroxine)?

Both Thyroid prepara: They are both effective thyroid preparations used for treating thyroid deficiency.If you are on unithyroid and controlled stay on it. ...Read more

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Is armour/dessicated thyroid med really better than synthroid (thyroxine)?

Is armour/dessicated thyroid med really better than synthroid (thyroxine)?

No.: The short answer is no, there are no studies to show that desicated thyroid or Armour Thyroid are better than synthroid (thyroxine). You definitely should have this discussion with your endocrinologist, however. ...Read more

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Does Synthroid (thyroxine) treat menopause?

Synthroid (thyroxine): Will only treat a deficiency of thyroid hormone; menopause is estrogen deficiency. ...Read more

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Can you take xenical with tapazole (methimazole)?

Can you take xenical with tapazole (methimazole)?

No known interaction: There is no known drug interaction between the two medicines and so if needed to be used, they should be ok to take. I assume you are hyperthyroid and thus taking tapzole? Since hyperthyroidism can cause wt loss, i would recommend waiting until your thyroid status is stablized/corrected before taking xenical. Consult with doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have subclinical hypothyroid tsh8 .10 with normal t3t4 on 50mcg thyroxine TSH .10 & t3t4normal then thyroxine dose decrease or increase?

I have  subclinical hypothyroid tsh8 .10  with normal t3t4 on 50mcg thyroxine TSH .10 & t3t4normal then thyroxine dose decrease or increase?

Decrease: A TSH of 0.1 indicates that your thyroid level is slightly too high. This would be unusual when taking just 50 mcg of thyroxine. I would do a repeat level, and your doctor needs to consider the possibility of superimposed subacute thyroiditis. ...Read more

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How long before ptu (propylthiouracil) is effective against hyperthyroidism?

About2to 4 weeks: It starts working right away when started but full effect may take 2to4 weeks ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Tapazole (Definition)

Tapazole is a thyroid ...Read more