Re: How long does Tapazole take to work?
Most drugs have a minimum of a 14 day cycle to reach optimum blood concentration levels. If you began to feel better and then feel you are slipping back.. you may be off in dosage and need to be adjusted.
You listed no side effects of the drug.. so it is not adversely effecting you at this time. It seems to be a dosage strength issue. I am a chemist not a pharmacist or MD. I looked up and have summarized the basic drug facts on Tapazole for you. First the side effects you should be looking for and making note of..
Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome: Change in taste; drowsiness; enlargement of the salivary and lymph glands; hair loss; headache; itching; joint pain; muscle pain; nausea; nerve irritation; stomach pain; swelling; tingling.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); anemia; fever; severe liver problems; sore throat; unusual bruising or bleeding; vomiting; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
At your dosage, I do not see it any of these effects being an issue. Most of the side effects are documented occuring in long term higher doase patients. As far as how to take and use Tapazole:
* Tapazole may be taken with or without food. Absorption will be highest on an empty stomach. Food you eat and medicine you take can affect drug absorption. Thus you should not take other medications with in a 2 hour window prior and 4 hour window afterward. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation... bread no high mineral content foods.
* Take Tapazole on a regular schedule around the clock, unless otherwise directed by your doctor; and if you miss a dose of Tapazole, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, take the 2 doses together, then go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Good luck getting your meds at optimal levels.
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Last edited by mkgbrook; 09-12-2007 at 07:45 AM.