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What Is Methimazole Used For?

How Does Methimazole Work?

Methimazole works by inhibiting the production of hormones in the thyroid. The medication prevents the oxidation of iodine -- an important step in the production of thyroid hormones. Hormones that are already circulating in the bloodstream are not affected by methimazole.

Can Children Take It?

This medication is approved for use in children. Talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using methimazole in children.

Veterinary Uses for Methimazole

Interestingly, this drug is commonly used to treat hyperthyroidism in cats. Since the medication is bitter, it can be difficult to give to a cat. Pharmacists who specialize in veterinary compounding may be able to make a special form of methimazole, such as a transdermal skin gel, that is easier to use for cats.
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