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Dr. David Geffner
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Graves' Disease (Definition)

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder, meaning it is caused by antibodies directed against the thyroid. These antibodies "trick" the thyroid causing it to be stimulated into making more thyroid hormone than it is supposed to. That can lead to symptoms such as excess sweating, rapid heart rate, palpitations, tremors, frequent bowel movements and weight loss. In some cases prominence of the eyes can occur and be associated with blurry vision or diplopia. Anti-thyroid drugs or radioactive iodine ...Read more


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I have recently been diagnosed with low grade Graves' disease . I am taking carbimazole but still feel unwell with lots of dizziness & very forgetful

I have recently been diagnosed with low grade Graves' disease . I am taking carbimazole but still feel unwell with lots of dizziness & very forgetful

Time on medication?: In thyroid disease (even if mild or "low grade") it can take up to 6-8 weeks for glandular function to fully stabilize. It can take as long just to find the right dose of your medication per laboratory criteria since blood levels need to be tested depending on your symptoms. So, just hang in there if you've just started and stay in contact with your physician. ...Read more

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I have graves disease im on 5mg of carbimazole but im still getting pulpitations i can't have beta blockers cause im asthmatic?

I have graves disease im on 5mg of carbimazole but im still getting pulpitations i can't have beta blockers cause im asthmatic?

Altrenatives: It sounds like hyperthyroidism is not being controlled medically. Other alternatives include thyroid ablation with radioactive iodine versus thyroidectomy by surgery. Should consult endocrinologist for recommendations. ...Read more

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After being on 60mg carbimazole for one year, my symptoms of graves' disease have recently come back, what should I do?

After being on 60mg carbimazole for one year, my symptoms of graves' disease have recently come back, what should I do?

Relapse hyperthyroid: Permanent relapse is seen only 30 percent recurrence requires retreatment with oral mess or radioactive treatment discuss pros and cons of each with endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I'm on carbimazole and propanolol, i suffer from graves' disease, would it be oky to donate blood?

Not recommended: As there is potential transfer of your antibodies to the recipient causing thyroid problems (an example will be a pregnant mom with graves who has a 1% chance of causing neonatal graves in her new born child). Check with your local blood donation center for further advice. Good luck and thank you for taking an initiative to donate blood even if does not take place ! ...Read more

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I have Graves Disease.Dr put me on Beta Blocker but not helping.On Carbimazole for 4 days now.Still overheated & pulpitation.When should l get relief?

I have Graves Disease.Dr put me on Beta Blocker but not helping.On Carbimazole for 4 days now.Still overheated & pulpitation.When should l get relief?

Be patient: Hi. You poor thing, and right as summer's coming on! The main thyroid hormone, l-thyroxine, has a blood half-life of 7 days, so if you totally stop making it one day, 7 days later, you'll still have half as much circulating in the blood as you had on the day you stopped making it. Carbimazole dose may need to be further adjusted also. You can increase the beta-blocker anytime. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Hey i'm 21 yo F with graves disease diagnosed 4 mnths ago. I am on carbimazole 10mg previously on 15mg. Now i have swollen face and have choking feel.

Allergy?: Hi. I would see your endocrinologist immediately. You could be having an allergic reaction to the carbimazole. If breathing becomes difficult, get to an ER posthaste! There are alternative means to treat Graves' disease. Please don't delay. ...Read more

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Not allowed to have sex because of the carbimazole, i'm on to treat graves' disease, but my boyfriend and i want a baby, can I switch treatments?

Not allowed to have sex because of the carbimazole, i'm on to treat graves' disease, but my boyfriend and i want a baby, can I switch treatments?

Yes: Talk to your doctor about radioiodine therapy. If you receive radioiodine, however, it is generally advised that you do not attempt be become pregnant until 12 mos. After treatment, although there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support waiting that long. This therapy is not associated with birth defects, cancer, leukemia etc. ...Read more