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side effects of radioactive iodine 131

A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ira Katz
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For RAI to Work: The overall treatment is a little confusing as cancer is usually surgically removed, but there are a few reasons to lower your Synthroid (thyroxine). ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Reduced synthroid (thyroxine): The thyroidectomy will lower the production of synthroid (thyroxine) and you will need an increase in thyroid medicine. Make sure you see an Endocrino ... Read More

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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Seek a second opinio: A second opinion from a Thyroid specialist(endocrinologist) will help and guide you better. I personally do not favor radioactive iodine unless the tu ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Hello. : Hello. Clearly this is very troubling for you. I recommend that you get a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. That would include a metabolic work up ... Read More
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Dr. Philip Kern
43 years experience Endocrinology
Probably hypothyroid: Your question is cut off. But the objective of radioactive iodine is usually to make you hypothyroid, and then you take thyroid replacement, levothyr ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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RAI : Hi. Was the 131-I for hyperthyroidism or for thyroid cancer? Once your hypothyroidism is treated and you stably have normal thyroid function (or sligh ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
43 years experience Endocrinology
Radioactive iodine: Eat low i foods and avoid high i products (kelp, certain vitamins, certain cold/cough remedies). Is this for hyperthryroidism or cancer? If for hype ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
43 years experience Endocrinology
Follow instruction: Just follow the instructions from your doctor, and from the nuclear medicine docs. You may have been given written instructions. Read them. Avoid die ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Geffner
54 years experience Endocrinology
To treat what?: If hyperthyroidism ok in one day - but not to have them in your lap. If for thyroid cancer wait a few days - the nuclear facility will want to do a po ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Radio active: Wrong question. You need to work hard to avoid that happening. If possible don't share a bathroom or toilet for a week after getting the radioactive i ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Need more info: Radioactive iodine is often used for graves' disease which is a hyperactive thyroid condition. I am assuming you were given this option or partial thy ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
41 years experience Endocrinology
Yes: As long as you're at normal conversational distances, there's really almost no risk. There is a risk, however, to a small child or infant that is held ... Read More

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