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Signs and Symptoms
Nausea, vomiting, epigastric distress, headache, fever, arthralgia, pruritus, edema, and pancytopenia. Agranulocytosis is the most serious effect. Rarely, exfoliative dermatitis, hepatitis, neuropathies, or CNS stimulation or depression may occur.
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LD50: concentration of propyl-thiouracil in biologic fluids associated with toxicity and/ or death; the amount of drug in a single dose usually associated with symptoms of overdosage; or the amount of propylthiouracil (propylthiouracil (propylthiouracil (propylthiouracil tablet) tablet) tablet) in a single dose likely to be life-threatening.
To obtain up-to-date information about the treatment of overdose, a good resource is the certified Regional Poison Control Center. Telephone numbers of certified poison control centers are listed in the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR). In managing overdosage, consider the possibility of multiple drug overdoses, interaction among drugs, and unusual drug kinetics in the patient. Protect the patient's airway and support ventilation and perfusion. Meticulously monitor and maintain, within acceptable limits, the patient's vital signs, blood gases, serum electrolytes, etc. The patient's bone marrow function should be monitored. Absorption of drugs from the gastrointestinal tract may be decreased by giving activated charcoal, which, in many cases, is more effective than emesis or lavage; consider charcoal instead of or in addition to gastric emptying. Repeated doses of charcoal over time may hasten elimination of some drugs that have been absorbed. Safeguard the patient's airway when employing gastric empyting or charcoal. Forced diuresis, peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, or charcoal hemoperfusion have not been established as beneficial for an overdose of propylthiouracil.
Propylthiouracil (propylthiouracil (propylthiouracil (propylthiouracil tablet) tablet) tablet) is contraindicated in the presence of hypersensitivity to the drug or any of the other product components and in nursing mothers because the drug is excreted in milk.
Last reviewed on RxList: 1/25/2010
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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