METHIMEZ 10mg Tablet 10's

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Drug Information

What is Methimazole used for?

Methimazole is used for the treatment of overactive thyroid gland.

Methimazole may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Methimazole work?

Methimazole belongs to a class of drugs called anti-thyroid medications. It works by interfering with the production of thyroid hormones. Thus, it normalises the thyroid levels in the body.

How to take Methimazole?

The dosage and the drug form depends on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Methimazole as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the Methimazole with or without food and at the same time each day.

If you miss a dose of Methimazole, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

What are the drugs that interact with Methimazole?

The drugs that interact with Methimazole are:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Alprazolam
  • Aspirin
  • Cholecalciferol
  • Clopidogrel
  • Clozapine
  • Cyclobenzaprine
  • Esomeprazole
  • Furosemide
  • Leflunomide
  • Lorazepam
  • Metoprolol
  • Mipomersen
  • Pregabalin
  • Teriflunomide
  • Zolpidem

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Methimazole?

The following are the most common side effects of Methimazole:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach upset
  • Itching
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Joint pain
  • Swelling

The following are the severe side effects, and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Liver damage
  • Kidney inflammation
  • Poor blood clotting
  • Inflammation of the lining of the arteries

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Methimazole?

  • Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Methimazole
  • Inform your doctor if you have rapid swelling of lips, throat and tongue.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Suddenly stopping the medication may cause the illness to return.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may cause excessive drowsiness when taken with Methimazole.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.

You are advised not to take Methimazole if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Methimazole?

  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Methimazole.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Inform your doctor about the pre-existing heart, liver or kidney problems.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions about Methimazole

  1. Is it common to develop anaemia while on Methimazole?
  2. Methimazole disturbs the production of red blood cells. Therefore, people may develop anaemia while taking Methimazole. 

  3. Do I need to follow any dietary precautions while on Methimazole?
  4. Do not consume grapefruit while taking Methimazole as it may alter the absorption of the drug.

  5. Does Methimazole cause weight gain?
  6. No, Methimazole does not cause weight gain. However, there may be an underlying cause for gaining weight. Please consult your doctor. 

  7. Is it safe to modify the dose of Methimazole?
  8. No, Methimazole dose is prescribed depending on the severity of the patient’s condition. Hence, altering the dose is not advised.

  9. What are the overdose symptoms of Methimazole?
  10. The overdose symptoms of Methimazole are nausea, persistent vomiting, and indigestion. Consult your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms.


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