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Propylthiouracil Drug Information

Propylthiouracil (PTU) is a prescription drug used to treat an overactive thyroid (known medically as hyperthyroidism). The medication comes in tablet form, and is generally taken three times a day. The exact dosage a person is prescribed will depend on factors like age and the severity of hyperthyroidism, among other things.
This drug is not suitable for everyone. Because it carries a high risk of liver damage, propylthiouracil is reserved for people who cannot tolerate methimazole, or for women in their first trimester of pregnancy.
Your healthcare provider will need information on any other medical conditions you have -- in particular a bleeding condition or liver disease -- in order to determine if propylthiouracil is the best drug for you. You should also tell him or her about any other medicines you are taking, including vitamins and nonprescription drugs.
(Click Propylthiouracil for more information on this drug, including when and how to take it, serious side effects to be aware of, what to do in case of an overdose, and more.)
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