What is Methimazole?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Tapazole Northyx

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Methimazole is used for palliative treatment of hyperthyroidism, return the hyperthyroid patient to a normal metabolic state prior to thyroidectomy, and to control thyrotoxic crisis that may accompany thyroidectomy.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Graves' disease 42 22
Hyperthyroidism 30 15
Hashimoto's thyroiditis 1 0
Tremor in feet 1 1
Tremor in hands 1 1

Show all 7 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 11
Mild 6
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methimazole

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 4
Blurry vision 1
Circulation problems 1
Depressed mood 1
Dermatographism 1
Diarrhea 1

Show all 20 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methimazole

Dosage Patients Percentage
5 mg daily 2
2.5 mg m,w,f 1
2.5 mg daily 1
5 mg every other day 1
5 mg twice daily 1
30 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Methimazole

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 14
Doctor's advice 13
Other 8
Did not seem to work 6
Side effects too severe 6
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 39 patients who've stopped taking Methimazole

Duration

Currently taking Methimazole

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Methimazole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 32
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 24
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 13
Not specified 22

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methimazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Propylthiouracil 1

Patients stopped taking Methimazole and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Radioactive iodine (I-131) 4
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 1
Propranolol (Inderal) 1
Propylthiouracil 1
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2 patient evaluations for Methimazole

Oct 15, 2009 (Started Oct 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depression with suicidal thoughts)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: For the strangest reason, it made me really really depressed. to where i would stop taking them, and went to doc he only lowered the dose, and depression take a little longer,but for 4 months i took it like they wanted and hopefully its normal again. and i didnt need it again.. i find out in a few weeks.
Side effects: depression with suicidal thoughts

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Feb 3, 2009 (Started Dec 04, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily

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