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Is methimazole and Felimazole the same?

Is methimazole and Felimazole the same?

Only one drug, Felimazole Coated Tablets (methimazole), is FDA-approved to treat hyperthyroidism in cats. Approved by FDA in May 2009, Felimazole contains methimazole as the active ingredient.

How much does hyperthyroid medication cost for cats?

The cost for any treatment for feline hyperthyroidism is significant. The fee for radioiodine therapy ranges from $1,685 – $1,910, depending on how much drug is required to treat each patient (which also factors into the required length of hospitalization in the nuclear ward).

How Long Can cats live with hyperthyroidism?

If effectively managed, cats with hyperthyroidism can live for many years with a very good quality of life. If untreated, this disease will cause uncontrolled weight loss, severe heart disease and eventually death.

What are the side effects of taking methimazole?

Methimazole may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • skin rash.
  • itching.
  • abnormal hair loss.
  • upset stomach.
  • vomiting.
  • loss of taste.
  • abnormal sensations (tingling, prickling, burning, tightness, and pulling)
  • swelling.

What is the difference between Felimazole and Tapazole?

Methimazole (brand names: Tapazole®, Felimazole®) is an antithyroid medication used to treat hyperthyroidism in cats. Its use in cats and guinea pigs to treat hyperthyroidism is occasionally ‘off label’ or ‘extra label’. Many drugs are commonly prescribed for off label use in veterinary medicine.

Is there an alternative to methimazole for cats?

Another approach for cats who cannot take methimazole involves a combination of potassium iodate and a heart medication called “propranolol.” Potassium iodate blocks the thyroid gland’s uptake of iodine.

What does methimazole do for cats?

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