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Propylthiouracil - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
Other Known Brands
  • Propylthio    

Why do I need this medicine?

Propylthiouracil is used to treat an overactive thyroid gland by reducing the formation of thyroid hormones.

This medicine may also be used to prepare for the surgical removal of the thyroid, or in addition to treatment with radioactive iodine.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Propylthiouracil exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine should be taken with food. Try to take it at the same time in relation to meals each day.

Propylthiouracil must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue to take it even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double the dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform you doctor if you have liver or kidney disease.

For as long as you are taking this medicine, you may need to have regular blood tests to check your body’s response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have blood tests.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are being treated with Propylthiouracil.

What side effects could I experience?

Propylthiouracil may cause drowsiness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects may include any of the following: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, taste disorders (e.g. loss of taste, metallic taste), hair loss, muscle pain, joint pain, headache and skin pigmentation.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- fever with persistent sore throat or mouth ulcers, unusual bleeding or bruising
- rashes with skin peeling or blisters

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacists if you are taking any of these medicines:

- blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin
- medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease e.g. digoxin, atenolol
- medicine for asthma e.g. theophylline

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Propylthiouracil.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Propylthiouracil - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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