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CARBIMAZOLE 5 MG TABLETS

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Package leaflet: Information for the user

Carbimazole 5 mg tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine
− Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
− If you have any further questions, ask your doctor
or pharmacist.
− This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do
not pass it onto others. It may harm them, even if
their symptoms are the same as yours.
− If any of the side effects becomes severe, or if
you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
1. What Carbimazole 5 mg tablets are and what
they are used for
2. Before you take Carbimazole 5 mg tablets
3. How to take Carbimazole 5 mg tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Carbimazole 5 mg tablets
6. Further information

1. WHAT CARBIMAZOLE 5 MG
TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY
ARE USED FOR
Carbimazole 5 mg tablets belong to a group of
medicines called anti-thyroid agents. Carbimazole 5
mg tablets are used to reduce the formation of thyroid
hormones in people with an overactive thyroid gland.
The condition is called hyperthyroidism. Carbimazole
5 mg 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.

2. BEFORE YOU TAKE CARBIMAZOLE
5 MG TABLETS
Do not take Carbimazole 5 mg tablets





If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to carbimazole
or any of the ingredients of Carbimazole 5 mg
tablets.
If you are breast-feeding.
If you have a serious blood disorder.
If you have a severe liver disorder.

Take special care with Carbimazole
5 mg tablets



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.

Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking
or have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription, or the
following:
• Theophylline used to treat asthma or breathing
problems
• Medicines called anticoagulants, which are used
to thin the blood e.g. warfarin

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Your Carbimazole 5 mg tablets treatment is important
for you and may need to be continued during
pregnancy but very rarely it can cause harm to a
developing foetus.
However, to reduce the possibility of any effects on
your baby:
• Your doctor should prescribe the lowest dose
possible.
• Your treatment may be discontinued three to four
weeks before you are due to give birth.
• You should not breast-feed if you are using
Carbimazole 5 mg tablets.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking any medicine.

Driving and using machines
You can drive when taking Carbimazole 5 mg tablets,
but do not drive until you know how it affects you.

Important information about some of the
ingredients of Carbimazole 5 mg tablets
Carbimazole 5 mg tablets contains lactose
monohydrate and sucrose. If your doctor has told you
that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact
your doctor before taking this medicine.

3. HOW TO TAKE CARBIMAZILE 5 MG
TABLETS
Always take Carbimazole 5 mg tablets 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).

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

Children: the usual starting dose is three
5 mg tablets daily.
The dosage will be decided by your doctor according
to your individual needs, and may be changed at
intervals during treatment.

Do not change the dosage without consulting your
doctor first.

Do not stop taking Carbimazole 5 mg
tablets until you have consulted your
doctor.
Your doctor may decide to add an additional tablet
(l-thyroxine), to help control your condition.
Some improvement is usually felt within one to three
weeks. However, full beneficial effects usually take
four to eight weeks.
In order to maintain control of the thyroid gland, you
may need to continue to take Carbimazole 5 mg
tablets for several months. Your doctor will decide
when treatment can be stopped. He may ask you to
have occasional blood tests to help him determine
how you are responding to treatment.
Radio-iodine is another treatment for
hyperthyroidism. If you need radioiodine treatment,
your doctor will tell you to stop taking Carbimazole 5
mg tablets temporarily.

If you take more Carbimazole 5 mg tablets
than you should
If you take more Carbimazole 5 mg tablets than you
should, contact your doctor or nearest hospital
emergency department immediately. Take the
container and any remaining tablets with you.

If you forget to take Carbimazole 5 mg
tablets
If you forget to take Carbimazole 5 mg tablets take
the next dose as soon as you remember. If your next
dose is due, take both doses together.
If you have any further questions of the use of this
medicine ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Carbimazole 5 mg tablets can
cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them.
If you experience any of these symptoms whilst
taking Carbimazole 5 mg tablets 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 5 mg 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.

Do not stop taking Carbimazole 5 mg
tablets until you have consulted your
doctor.
Carbimazole 5 mg tablets can sometimes cause
bone marrow depression which causes a reduction in
the number of blood cells and reduces the ability to
fight infection. If it is not treated as soon as it is
detected the condition can become life-threatening.
Your doctor should carry out tests to check for bone
marrow depression before restarting your treatment.
Other side effects include:
• feeling sick
• headache
• skin rashes, including urticaria (nettle rash)
• itching
• stomach upset
• painful joints
The following side effects have also been reported:
• hair loss
• loss of taste
• angioedema, a serious allergic reaction with
symptoms that may include swollen tongue, lips,
face or throat.
• lung problems, with symptoms that include
shortness of breath or a cough.
• Kidney problems, with symptoms that include a
reduction in the amount of urine passed, fluid
retention and blood in the urine.
If at any time you are concerned about these or any
other unwanted effects, talk to your doctor as soon
as possible.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report
side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side
effects, you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.

5. HOW TO STORE CARBIMAZOLE
5 MG TABLETS
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
children.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original
container.
Do not use after the expiry date which is printed on
the label after Exp. The expiry date refers to the last
day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater
or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
dispose of medicines no longer required. These
measures will help to protect the environment.

6.

FURTHER INFORMATION

What Carbimazole 5 mg tablets contains
• The active substance is carbimazole. Each tablet
contains 5 mg of the carbimazole.
• The other ingredients are sucrose, lactose
monohydrate, acacia, talc, maize starch,
magnesium stearate, gelatin and red iron oxide
E172.

What Carbimazole 5 mg tablets looks like
and the contents of the pack
The Carbimazole 5 mg tablets are round, pale pink
tablets and marked with 'Neo 5' on one side and plain
on the reverse.
Each carton contains 100 tablets in a plastic bottle.
Procured from within the EU by PL holder
PilsCo Ltd, 10-16 Colvilles Place, East Kilbride,
G75 0SN
Manufacturer
Amdipharm PLC, Regency House, Miles Gray Road,
Basildon, Essex, SS14 3AF, UK
Cenexi SAS, 52 rue Marcel et Jacques Gaucher,
94120 Fontenay-sous-Bois, France
PL 39467/0132 Carbimazole 5 mg tablets
This leaflet was last revised 20/01/2014.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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