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What is Tapazole (Methimazole) prescribed for?
Hyperthyroidism is a condition when your thyroid makes too much of a hormone called thyroxine. Your thyroid controls things like how fast your heart beats and how quickly you burn calories. It releases hormones to control your metabolism. Hyperthyroidism, also known as overactive thyroid, can speed up your metabolism and cause unpleasant symptoms.
This medication treatsyour overactive thyroid, and it is put to work by stopping the thyroid gland from making too much of thyroxin, which is a hormone created by your thyroid.
Read any information regarding this medication that has been given to you. And if you have any questions consult your doctor and speak with them on the situation.
This medication is to be taken by mouth, with or without food. Usually taken three times a day or as directed by your doctor. Remember the dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to the treatment, and any other medications you may be taking.
Use this medication on a regular basis to gain the most benefit from it, therefore you should take it at the same time each day.
But if your condition does not improve or worsens, notify your doctor at once.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Methimazole; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
You should also let your doctor know of all of your medical history. Especially if you have ever dealt with any of these experiences in the past; blood disorders (such as agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia), liver disease.
While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, or mild rash/itching may occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: joint/muscle pain, numb/tingling skin, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, signs of liver problems (such as nausea/vomiting that doesn't stop, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, severe stomach/abdominal pain), signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine, bloody urine).
This medication may rarely cause very serious blood disorders (such as a low number of red cells, white cells, and platelets), especially during the first few months of treatment. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any of the following symptoms: signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding, unusual tiredness.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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