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post #1 of 8
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Well, two days ago Cotton threw up his food and I couldn't get him to eat his thyroid pill to save either of our lives, so he went without and yesterday was great - ate everything, no vomit and ate his pill with no problems. Well, this afternoon we have vomit, and he's not going near his dinner, so I'm a bit worried that he's reacting to his pills.

Is that possible? He's been on them nearly 2 months with no problems, but the vet did warn us when we first got the pills to call if he started vomiting.

Either way e're booked in bright and early tomorrow, so hopefully it's something easily fixable.
post #2 of 8
Info on Tapazole and its side effects.

This article is very good info:

Also good:

Unfortunately Tapazole® is not a cure for hyperthyroidism. Tapazole® works by suppressing the thyroid gland's production of thyroid hormone. While this can temporarily control the clinical symptoms of hyperthyroidism, it does not resolve the underlying abnormality in the thyroid that caused the hyperthyroidism. In most cases, the small benign tumor that causes hyperthyroidism continues to grow during Tapazole® therapy and can in some cases undergo a malignant transformation into a malignant thyroid tumor (cancer). In most cases, the dose of Tapazole® needed to control thyroid hormone levels increases over time, as the tumor continues to grow.
While Tapazole® is a good drug, it has a large number of side effects associated with its use. Among the list of side effects are frequent gastrointestinal side effects (vomiting and/or diarrhea), liver dysfunction causing severe jaundice, anemia, decreased white blood cell levels, decreased platelet levels, and an allergic reaction that manifests itself in the form of red scabby facial skin lesions that itch profoundly.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thank you, Violet - that was really interesting. Our vet had mentioned the radioiodine as a possibility, but my DH isn't alway the best at bringing home clear information. I also didn't realise that side effects from the Tapazole could show up for up to 3 months...I thought once you made it throught th first 3 weeks you were clear...interesting.

We still don't know for sure if it's the Tapazole, but thank you for the info. I like to have as much as I can when dealng with my kitties.

...and after all that, he's currentl munching on dinner. We'll keep an eye on him and see if it all stays. At least the appetite is a good sign. Part of me is just hoping he got into something and it threw his stomch for a bit, but I'd still rather have the vet see him.
post #4 of 8
Poor Cotton......... sending so many vibes, hugs and kisses to that sweetie
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Well, it turns out my big boy has managed to pick up a stomach bug - hence the vomitting. Nothing serious, but I'm glad he went in. I can't imagine anything happening to the big lug.

He's actually fighting it off quite well, but he got a shot for the nausea to help him along and we've taken him off the Tapazole for a few days just to be on the safe side. The vet doesn't think it's causing the problem, but would rather be careful considering all Cotton's been through this year. We also have nice bland prescription food for him while he's recovering (oh joy...we all know how much fun it'll be to get him to eat that ) and ear drops for what we've finally confirmed as seasonal allergies.

One of these days I'll go a month without a vet visit, really I will.
post #6 of 8
Feel better soon precious Cotton.
Is he good at the vet?
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
Is he good at the vet?
He's an absolute gentleman. The vet actually commented today and how calm and quiet he was and how they've never seen such a touch-oriented cat. He just sits there and lets them do whatever they need to do, then he shuffles over to bury his head in your chest and get a hug the moment he's done. He's easy to take to the vet, unlike his sister.
post #8 of 8
awwwwwwwwww, huge mega for Cotton... poor boy. I hope he recovers well and quickly
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