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Carbimazole is an anti-thyroid drug. It is used to treat hyperthyroidism. Overactive or overproductive thyroid glands can cause the neck to swell, forming a goiter.
The drug carbimazole is also used to reduce the size of very large thyroid glands prior to surgery. This makes it easier to dissect and remove parts of the enlarged gland.
Carbimazole is available as an oral tablet. The oral tablet should be taken by mouth without chewing or crushing it. The tablets can be taken with each meal, for your convenience.
This drug should be stored at room temperature (<25°C) and be protected from light and moisture. For safety, keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Always check the label before using this product. Do not use if the printed expiration date has passed, the product seal has been broken, or the product has changed in color, odor, or consistency.
Do not dispose of this product by pouring it down the drain, toilet, or into the environment. Ask your pharmacist regarding the proper way and location of disposal.
Before using this medication, inform your doctor if you:
Carbimazole is a pregnancy category D drug and should not be given to pregnant women unless the benefits outweigh the risks. There is positive evidence it causes fetal defects.
It passes into the placenta and breast milk. Breastfeeding is safe when the mother’s dose is low. At higher doses, breastfeeding should be stopped.
All drugs have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. Many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or stopped.
Potential side effects while using this drug include:
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of these serious, potentially fatal drug reactions:
You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This drug may interact with other medications. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using. Including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products.
Drugs that are known to interact with carbimazole include:
If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.
There are no notable interactions with food. This drug should not be taken with alcohol as it may increase the severity of hypoglycemia and liver damage.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.
This drug should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using carbimazole.
This drug is available in the following brands, dosage forms, and strengths:
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
If you miss a dose of this drug, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Carbimazole. https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/carbimazole?mtype=generic. Accessed November 3, 2020
Carbimazole package leaflet. https://www.hpra.ie/img/uploaded/swedocuments/68a79504-915c-450d-a5c6-76554484d72e.pdf. Accessed November 3, 2020