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.

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

Yes. You should have that discussion with your prescribing doctor. Read more...
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...