Been taking carbimazole just over 4 weeks now.
Yesterday I was feeling a bit unwell and have a dry throat, sore goiter, tight chest. The throat isn't sore, it's dry and tickly. I have less saliva. It's bit more difficult to swallow. Kind of feels like a cold coming on. Feel foggy.
Now when I look up carbimazole it says
"Important: if you develop either of the following contact your doctor straight away:
An infection, sore throat, mouth ulcers, high temperature, unusual bruising or bleeding, or if you generally feel unwell.
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes).
If you experience any other symptoms, which you think may be due to this medicine, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist."
and somewhere else it says
"Carbimazole is a drug that is used to treat an overactive thyroid gland. If you are taking carbimazole and develop a sore throat then you should have an urgent blood test. This is because a sore throat may be the first warning of a serious side-effect to carbimazole (agranulocytosis - which is a low level of white blood cells). This serious side-effect needs urgent treatment. Agranulocytosis can occur as a side-effect of various other drugs.
The 'take home' message is ... see a doctor if symptoms of a sore throat are severe, unusual, or if they do not ease within 3-4 days. In particular, seek urgent medical attention if you develop: difficulty in breathing; difficulty swallowing saliva; difficulty opening your mouth; severe pain; a persistent high temperature; a severe illness, especially when symptoms are mainly on one side of the throat."
Now I know I can feel unwell with Graves, and I know I can be paranoid/hyperchondria with Graves. I've actually been feeling much better in the last week, then this starts. I don't know if it's just a cold, but I do feel unwell.
I don't have a temperature, or ulcers and like I say throat isn't sore just incomfortable.
My question is how bad do you need to feel to worry about it? Also because it's the weekend, shall I just wait till monday and if still feeling unwell, go to my docs? Will a couple of days matter? Has anyone here had to stop carbimazole? Shall I carry on taking my carbimazole? If it is the rare side effect, is it treatable? Can it kill you? Should I ring an out of hours doctor? I'm supposed to be going to a gig tonight (seats in disabled section so not standing) and if I start calling doctors today my husband will ban me from going tonight.
Sorry, I'm just worried, and I don't want to disturb/call out docs unnecessarily if this is just a cold.