Propylthiouracil, PTU

Category: Thyroid

Propylthiouracil (PTU) is a medication used to treat hyperthyroidism.[1] This includes hyperthyroidism due to Graves' disease and toxic multinodular goiter.[1] In a thyrotoxic crisis it is generally more effective than methimazole.[1] Otherwise it is typically only used when methimazole, surgery, and radioactive iodine is not possible.[1] It is taken by mouth.[1] Common side effects include itchiness, hair loss, ... [wikipedia]

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Propylthiouracil (PTU) for Hyperthyroidism

How long should I use PTU for hyperthyroidism? I have been taking this medication for (1) year with my tsh checked by my...


I took PTU for 8 years but not continuesly. I did not consult/return to my doctor for further check-up. I hope that I di...

Methimazole or Propylthiouracil for hyperthyroidism

Which pill is better for hyperthyroidism, methimazole or propylthiouracil? One is a 10mg and the other is 50mg, so which...