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A 40-year-old female asked:

are there any medications or foods etc i should avoid being hyperthyroid? am awaiting specialist appointment. dr started me on propanolol.

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Hyperthyroid: If you are hyperthyroid, the Propranolol should make you feel better. Your metabolic rate is high, so you will need more calories than others. Don't eat seaweed (Kelp) because of the high iodine content, but who eats this anyway? Your doctor may start you on medications to suppress the thyroid and may talk about radioactive iodine treatment or surgery.

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A 32-year-old female asked:

Hyperthyroid, endo prescribed 10mg of propanolol, I am only 95lbs and pretty sensitive to meds, is this a high dose?

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Dr. Jesse Krakauer
Endocrinology 45 years experience
No: B"sd no its the smallest dose . dose is titrated based on lowering of the pulse (so does not get too low) also need extra care with asthma - may exacerbate with severe bronchospasm. Otherwise, it is the best beta-blocker to protect heart from excess thyroid hormone levels. Also, added benefit with propranolol is that it blocks conversion of T4 to T3 (liothyronine) (the active form of thyroid hormone.)

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