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What does ptu (propylthiouracil) means and the side effects?

What does ptu (propylthiouracil) means and the side effects?

Propylthiouracil: Ptu (propylthiouracil) is used to treat hyperthyroidism. It is very effective to cool down the hyperthyroidism. Although it is generally well tolerated, it can cause a rash. More serious side effects are low white blood cell count, making you prone to infections, and liver injury. Another drug, methimazole, has less liver toxicity, and is usually preferred over ptu. ...Read more

Dr. Kenneth Pennington
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Propylthiouracil (Definition)

Propythiouracil (PTU) can be used to control an overactive thyroid in the first trimester. PTU should be used with caution or avoided in the second and third trimester to ...Read more


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What are the side effects of propylthiouracil 50 mg?

PTU (propylthiouracil): At that dose there are few side effects but occasionally that does happen. If you are concerned please contact your doctor. ...Read more

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How long are the side effects and symptoms of propylthiouracil supposed to last?

How long are the side effects and symptoms of propylthiouracil supposed to last?

Depends on side effc: Side effects such as skin reaction and joint pain tend to resolve within 1-2 weeks from cessation. Bone marrow suppression can take a bit longer. Liver damage however can be irreversible. Please talk with your doctor if you are experiencing any usual symptoms. ...Read more

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Im having severe (even rare) side effects of ptu (propylthiouracil). Do I call my endo?

Im having severe (even rare) side effects of ptu (propylthiouracil). Do I call my endo?

YES!!: Ptu (propylthiouracil) earned a black box label from the fda because it may cause liver failure. Other side effects might include suppression of infection fighting cells in the bone marrow, rash, and joint swelling. Please contact your doctor right away! ...Read more

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What are the side effect propylthiouracil 50 mg?

Rash, liver, wbc: The most common side effect is rash, as ptu (propylthiouracil) is a sulfa drug. Liver inflammation can occur occasionally, so we typically monitor liver function tests. Rarely, one can develop low white count leading to infection. ...Read more

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I've been taking 350mg of ptu (propylthiouracil) in one go, since doing this, i'm experiencing pain in the upper right side of my stomach, what should I do?

I've been taking 350mg of ptu (propylthiouracil) in one go, since doing this, i'm experiencing pain in the upper right side of my stomach, what should I do?

Evaluation: Ptu (propylthiouracil) is typically taken 3 times daily. Although your total dose of 350 mg is not excessive, it should be divided up throughout the day. One of the possible side effects of ptu (propylthiouracil) is a type of drug related hepatitis. This could cause right upper abdominal pain. You should get this evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Tell me about ptu (propylthiouracil) effects/?

Liver toxicity: Fulminant hepatic failure is the most serious adverse effect (black warning exist for such risk). Other side effects include rash , joint pain and rarely bone marrow suppression. ...Read more

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How long will ptu (propylthiouracil) take effects for patient with hyperthyroidism? Thanks

How long will ptu (propylthiouracil) take effects for patient with hyperthyroidism? Thanks

1-3months: Depending on dose, how frequently you get blood tests to follow-up and adjust dose recommend monthly lab til stable. ...Read more

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Whats effect of propylthiouracil on fetus?

Whats effect of propylthiouracil on fetus?

Safe medicine: Ptu (propylthiouracil) is the medicine used to treat hyperthyroidism. The medication is not dangerous. Not taking it is dangerous. Untreated hyperthyroidism can cause lots of problems. Take your medicine. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Ptu (Definition)

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