A member asked:

Which is worse: hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?

4 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Yash Khanna answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyridism because of symptoms are worse and it requires treatment with drugs which has many side effects and may require radioactive iodine treatment or surgery and after that one has to be treated most of the times for hypothyroidism with Thyroid replacement therapy for life While treatment of Hyp[othyridism is thyroid replacement therapy for life

Answered 7/9/2017

3.1k views

Thank
Dr. Susan Wingo answered

Specializes in Endocrinology

Severity?: Either one, depending on severity. Both can run the spectrum of asymptomatic lab abnormalities, mild symptoms, moderate symptoms, and severe, even life-threatening, symptoms & shutdown of vital organs. That being said, the most common treatment for hyperthyroidism involves killing the thyroid with radioactive iodine, switching a patient from hyper- to hypothyroidism, which is easier to control.

Answered 1/28/2016

3.1k views

Thank
Dr. John Feola answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

HYPERTHYROIDISM : In my experience hyperthyroidism is harder to diagnose and more difficult to manage. Meds like PTU (propylthiouracil) and Tapezole have a lot of side effects. Hypothyroidism can be complex but people usually see improvement quicker on medication and medication like armourthyroid/Synthroid/cytomel are better tolerated

Answered 7/9/2017

3.1k views

Thank

Related Questions

A member asked:

What is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

Online Primary Care Doctors Accepting New Patients

$44 video appointments available today with a membership as low as $15/month

Book a Video Appointment
Ask your question
Didn't find what you're looking for?

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more.

Ask your question