What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Propylthiouracil may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- hair loss
- difficulty tasting food
- numbness, burning, or tingling of the hands or feet
- joint or muscle pain
- swelling of the neck
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- sore throat, fever, chills, cough, or other signs of infection
- skin rash, hives, blisters, bumps or peeling
- dark, rust-colored, brown or foamy urine
- swelling of the face, eyes, stomach, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- chest pain
- shortness of breath or wheezing
- coughing up blood
Propylthiouracil may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Symptoms of overdose may include:
- stomach pain
- joint pain
- swelling of the hands, arms, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- sore throat, fever, chills, and other signs of infection
- unusual bruising or bleeding
- blistering or peeling of the skin
- numbness, burning or tingling of the hands or feet
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- loss of appetite
- pain in the upper right part of the stomach
- unusual bruising or bleeding
- excessive tiredness
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your body's response to propylthiouracil.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.