I was on PTU for about five or six weeks, and I took about that much to start out. The PTU pills only come in 50mg amounts, and the initial doses are upwards of 300mg/day. I think I was on 450mg. which wasn’t the max. PTU also is only good for about eight hours. Therefore you have to take it frequently, and get the best results from it, by spacing it out correctly.
Hi Amy – When my daughter Lisa started on PTU she also had to take it around the clock. We got one of those pill cases that holds 4 doses for each day. We filled this at the beginning of the week and at a glance we knew if she had remember to take each dose. The alarm clock was set for one dose during the night as well. Another idea is to use a watch with an alarm. I have a student in my second grade class who sets his alarm so he’ll remember his asthma medication before gym class. Good luck!
I had an allergic reaction to tapazole & I was taking 2 pills – 2 x day, but now I’m on PTU & have to take 2 pill – 4 x day. This may seem trivial but I can never keep track or remember all those pills. I don’t have a problem taking beta blockers, but I suppose I get an instant gratification from beta blockers. Does anyone have to take that many PTU? Amy
Yes Amy, I did take that much back when they first diagnosed me. The they put me on 3 pills 3x a day. It didn’t stop the heart racing. What did happen is that my teeth became brittle, I had heart paplitations more often which landed me in the emergency room 3 separate occassions. Plus I was using beta blockers to boot! I hope this helped.