Methimazole is the most common medication prescribed to treat feline hyperthyroidism.
This pet medication works to reduce the levels of thyroid hormone by decreasing thyroid hormone synthesis.
This is considered an antithyroid agent used to manage hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is the overactivity of the thyroid gland.
What is hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism is when there is overproduction of the thyroid hormone leading to thyroid hormone levels in the blood to be too high.
People who have hyperthyroidism are said to have an "overactive thyroid".
The thyroid hormone is produced by the thyroid gland and released into the bloodstream. It interacts with almost all body cells, causing them to increase their metabolic activity.
This abnormally high level of thyroid hormone typically speeds up the body's metabolism. Metabolism is the physical processes that create the substances and generate the energy needed for cell function, growth, and division.
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Cells respond to the thyroid hormone with an increase in metabolic activity.
The thyroid hormone stimulates cells causing major body functions to speed up.
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This is commonly used to treat hyperthyroidism in cats.
Some advantages to treatment include...
Most side effects occur during the first 3 months of therapy.
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Another rare side effect is a small percentage of cats self mutilate their face and neck through scratching. If this happens, you probably need to discontinue treatment with Methimazole.
This should be used with caution and with extra monitoring in cats with liver disease, autoimmune disease or pre-existing blood abnormalities.
Sometimes medication is designed for people and not specifically designed for your pet. A compounding pharmacy can create a medication convenient for a cat or dog.
The compounding pharmacist reformulates the medication so that your pet will likely be more willing to take it.
If your veterinarian needs a flavored oral liquid or a particular sized capsule, you might check out a compounding pharmacy.
The methimazole creams are rubbed on the inside of the cats ears 1 to 2 times a day.
The cream seems to be very affective and the cat usually stays on the medicine for the rest of its life.
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