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Antithyroid Medication Medication
Hyperthyroid treatmt: If you are hyperthyroid (eg. Graves disease) and start on a proper dose of methimazole, it may take several weeks for the T4 level to go down and for you to feel better. This is why beta blockers are often used; they don't affect the T4, but they help you feel better right away. ...Read more
Multiple but uncommon: One in ten patient on antithyroid drugs can have rashes, joint pains, bad taste in their mouth. More rarely, patients may have a reversible drop in their white blood cells. This is a dangerous but rare side effect that can lead to severe infection. Even more rarely, liver disease can occur, and an inflammation of the blood vessels called vasculitis. Your doctor should explain all this carefully so taht you can recognize side effects timely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will thyroid hormones or antithyroid medications interfere with a tc99m pertechnetate thyroid scan?
Not usually: Technetium is usually trapped by thyroid gland and used to determine in young children and infants the configuration of thyroid gland, hypoplasia, absence, or increased size or hyperplasia, or abnormal location. Radioactive iodine is used in older patients for determine function of thyroid gland, increased function or hyperthyroiidism or decreased function, hypothyroidism. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My tsh= 8.6 ft4= 0.2 but antithyroid ab and antithyroglobuline is normal! what is wrong with my thyroid?
Hypothyroidism: I don't know the normals in your lab but those numbers look abnormal if i follow our levels here. The TSH looks high and the ft4 looks low which shows your thyroid is likely underworking. Wait for your doctor to explain and give the proper treatment depending on your laboratory levels there. ...Read more
My antithyroid peroxidase is 10 and my anti thyroid globulin was 23 is that within the normal range?
Can you stay on antithyroid medication indefinitely rather than definitive treatment for Graves' disease ?
Meds for Grave's: 52F from UK asks if one can take antithyroid meds indefinitely rather than definitive treatment for Graves' Disease. ANS: Yes and sometimes one can even stop after a period of time but need to weigh side effects of meds vs radiation and your other circumstances that are best assessed by your thyroid Dr. ...Read more
Does a young female of age 29 with toxic multinodular goiter difficult to conceive along with the antithyroid medication..Will i get pregnant?
Yes, it can.: Thyroid disease impacts fertility. Both elevated and low levels of thyroid hormone can have an impact. For this reason, you should continue your medication. (ptu (propylthiouracil) is better than mtx in pregnancy.) be sure to discuss these concerns with your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why in treatment of hypothyrodism start with high dose of antithyroid drugs and in hypothyrodism start wiith low dose of thyroxin?
Iam pregnant at 8 weeks, recently discovered hyperthyroidism tsh=0.01 with palpitations.Is it safe to take antithyroid drugs?Is it necessary?
Yes: Yes it is safe and is necessary but first you need to complete the workup. I recommend seeing an endocrinologist at this time to sort this out. If your doctor does not want to and opt to treat this, the recommendation is ptu (propylthiouracil) for the first trimester and tapazole 2nd trimester and onward. This is the new recommendation... But i highly recommend working this up systematically. ...Read more
Thyroid Rx working?: 1) your symptoms should improve. 2) your labs should improve and hopefully, be boosted to optimal levels as a function of the thyroid medication regimen you are on. ...Read more
Thyroid medication: Too much thyroid medication can cause symptoms of hyperthyroidism - tremor , fast heart rate, sweating. Etc. Too little dose can cause symptoms of slow thyroid - fatigue, sleepiness , slow heart rate. Have blood test to check TSH for guiding treatment ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Depending on the person. There are two categories of thyroid medication. First are the synthetic variety that only contain one type of thyroid hormone (T4). The desiccated or "natural" types of medication contain both T4 and T3 which the body produce. Some people do well on just T4, like synthroid, (thyroxine) while others do better using a combination medication (T4/T3), like nature-throid or armour. ...Read more
Not neccesarily: Thyroid replacement is monitored by periodic checking of your tsh. If elevated may indicate need for more medication. ...Read more
Hopefully minor: One time will hopefully not cause anythinb bad, but you may feel agitated, jittery and feel some heart flutters. Call your doctor to discuss or talk with a pharmacist. If you have increased concerns - go to an er or urgent care. Try to learn what went wrong to help prevent it again and don't add to your agitation by worrying. If you do become worried - go for help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Hi. We're not mind readers on here. Are you taking anti-thyroid medication (such as methimazole or PTU) or thyroid hormone (such as levothyroxine)? If you're hyperthyroid and on methimazole or PTU, (propylthiouracil) if you stop hyperthyroidism may return. If you're on l-thyroxine and you stop, hypothyroidism will return. More to the point, why stop thyroid medication of either category without consulting your doc? ...Read more
Not really.: There may be an adjustment time in the beginning, but, generally, the goal is to feel well on the thyroid medication. It may need to be adjusted up or down. Suggest you talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Synthroid (thyroxine) medication: It will take about two weeks after starting medication to start feeling any difference. Around four weeks, the medication will reach its final level. Your doctor should check TSH and free T4 at 4-6 weeks after starting the medication. Your doctor may need to adjust your medication based on the labwork, either less or more dosage in synthroid (thyroxine). ...Read more
WE CAN NOT ANSWER: We can not answer your question as we don't know what medication you are taking and for what Please ask the question again with information about the meds and your condition and blood reports if any ...Read more
Hypothyroid probs: If you're not on enough thyroid medication, then you're still hypothyroid. Just do a quick google search on "symptoms of hypothyroidism" and you'll find plenty. Among them: fatigue, brain fog, depression, apathy, cold all the time, loss of outside eyebrows, inexorable weight gain, drop in blood pressure, and general all around misery. ...Read more
Starts working: Starts working slowly. Cannot test efficacy of dosage for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more
Soon: Usually within 3 or more days you should start to feel better if the dose is a good therapeutic dose. ...Read more
Hi: usually 6 weeks. after initial diagnosis should repeat TSH level and adjust dose at 6 weeks and it should get in normal ranger like 0.5 to 4.5 ...Read more
No: If you mean too high a t4. If you mean an elevated TSH you are not taking enough thyroid replacement. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
No: The thyroid gland will always remain unless it is removed surgically. Years of taking thyroid medication can shrink the size of the thyroid, though. ...Read more
Hypothyroid?: If you have hypothyroidism and you begin brand name T4 replacement, you should start to feel better in 4-6 weeks, but it takes 6 weeks for the rx to equilibrate in your body and then your doctor may have to readjust the dose at 6 week intervals. All in all, it can take up to several months for your body to fully recover back to normal. ...Read more
Unlikely: If your thyroid is underactive, you need thyroid replacement, and no food will help you. ...Read more
What thyroid med?: Depends on the thyroid med. If your thyroid is normal, and you took a moderate dose of levothyroxine, your thyroid would shut down and you would not get hyper since the hormone replacement takes over. A normal thyroid would then recover if you stopped the drug. If you took methimazole, it would probably make you hypothyroid. However, a normal thyroid would prob recover after drug withdrawal. ...Read more
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