Tapazole , also medically known as methimazole, is an anti-thyroid agent used to treat hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid. It works by preventing the thyroid gland from over-producing thyroid hormones, but it does not interfere with the thyroid hormone and its activity in the body. It may take weeks to months before the full effects of this medication are noticed.

Tapazole is taken orally in tablet form and is usually taken at evenly spaced times, three times throughout the day, as directed by your doctor. This type of drug is most effective when taken with food.

Common side effects associated with this type of medication include skin rash, abnormal hair loss, itching, vomiting, joint and muscle pain and drowsiness. If the side effects become severe, contact your doctor or other medical professional as soon as possible.

Tapazole may occasionally be prescribed to patients before thyroid surgery or radioactive iodine therapy, or for other conditions, as prescribed by your doctor.

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