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Methimez 5 mg is a prescription medicine for adults with hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland). It treats and prepares for thyroidectomy (thyroid gland removal) or radioactive iodine treatment. The medicine is also given when the overactive thyroid gland cannot be removed. It contains the active ingredient Methimazole, a medication called an antithyroid gland, which stops the thyroid gland from making thyroid hormones.
Methimez is administered orally. Using the medicine as prescribed is important to get the best results. The medicine is usually taken orally three times a day.
Do not use Methimez if you are allergic to Methimazole or other ingredients in the medicine. It should not be used if you are breastfeeding. Methimez medicine can be transferred into your breast milk. Avoid taking this antithyroid drug if you have or have had problems with your pancreas after taking Methimazole. To help the adverse effects of the medicine, speak to your doctor before you take Methimazole. Discuss any health conditions or problems you may have, including if you have joint pain, liver disease, skin problems, a large goitre, are intolerant to some sugars, or are taking medications known to cause a decrease in white blood cell count.
Inform your doctor if :
– You notice signs and symptoms of acute pancreatitis,
– If you develop redness or peeling of the skin over large areas of your body. Your treatment with Methimazole should be stopped. There is an increased risk of inflammation and narrowing of blood vessels, which can cause long-term organ damage or even be life-threatening.
– If you are pregnant or planning to conceive, there are specific risks you must discuss with your doctor. Treatment with Methimazole may harm your unborn baby, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. Your doctor will decide if this medicine is right for you and your baby. You should use effective contraceptive methods during therapy. Anticoagulants such as warfarin may interact with your antithyroid drug. So, avoid taking both medications at the same time.
Patients who receive methimez should be under closed observation and should be cautioned to report immediately any evidence of illness, particularly fever, sore throat, skin eruptions, or general malaise. Care should be exercised with patients receiving additional drugs known to cause a deficiency of white blood cells.
You may not have all the possible side effects when taking Methimazole. Tell your doctor if you experience any side effects not listed in this information guide. Some common side effects of the medicine include dizziness, anorexia, muscle pain, drowsiness, numbness, hair loss, heartburn, oedema, nerve inflammation, muscle pain, loss of taste, hives, vertigo, and skin pigmentation.