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Know the basics

What is carbimazole used for?

Carbimazole belong to a group of medicines called anti-thyroid agents. Carbimazole 5mg Tablets are used to reduce the formation of thyroid hormones in people with an overactive thyroid gland. The condition is called hyperthyroidism.

Carbimazole 5mg Tablets are also used in more serious cases, for example, to restore the normal function of the thyroid before its partial removal by surgery. It may also be used together with other treatments for hyperthyroidism.

How should I take carbimazole?

Always take Carbimazole exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

The tablets should be taken by mouth.

Each day’s tablets may be divided into two (morning and evening) or three daily doses (morning, noon and night).

How do I store carbimazole?

Carbimazole is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store carbimazole in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of carbimazole that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush carbimazole down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using carbimazole?

Do not take Carbimazole

  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to carbimazole or any of the ingredients of Carbimazole.
  • If you are breast-feeding.
  • If you have a serious blood disorder.
  • If you have a severe liver disorder.

Take special care with Carbimazole

  • If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are trying to become pregnant.
  • If you have mild or moderate liver problems.

Tell your doctor if any of the above applies to you.

Is it safe to take carbimazole during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.

Know the side effects

What are the side effects of carbimazole?

Like all medicines, Carbimazole can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

If you experience any of these symptoms whilst taking Carbimazole please contact your doctor immediately:

  • sore throat
  • mouth ulcers
  • high temperature or fever
  • significant tiredness
  • increased bruising or bleeding tendency
  • you are feeling generally unwell or think that you may have an infection

In addition, if you experience any of these symptoms while taking Carbimazole 5mg

Tablets you should also contact your doctor immediately:

  • muscle aches or pains
  • yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes

These could be signs of muscle problems, jaundice or inflammation of the liver and under medical supervision your doctor may want you to stop taking the medicine and carry out some blood tests on you.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with carbimazole?

Carbimazole may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. 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) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval, especially:

  • Theophylline used to treat asthma or breathing problems
  • Medicines called anticoagulants, which are used to thin the blood e.g. warfarin

Does food or alcohol interact with carbimazole?

Carbimazole may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with carbimazole?

Carbimazole may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Understand the dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.

What is the dose of carbimazole for an adult?

Adults and the elderly: the usual starting dose is one to three 20mg tablets, or four to twelve 5mg tablets daily. Once control is achieved your doctor will gradually reduce your dose to one to three 5mg tablets each day.

What is the dose of carbimazole for a child?

The usual starting dose is three 5mg tablets daily.

How is carbimazole available?

Carbimazole is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

Tablet 5 mg; 20 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of carbimazole, 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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