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I was diagnosis with graves disease and started methimazole 5mg 3x a day. I don't want to wait til remission of the disease with meds. Opt for rai/surgery?

I was diagnosis with graves disease and started methimazole 5mg 3x a day. I don't want to wait til remission of the disease with meds. Opt for rai/surgery?

Heed MD advise: Taking ultimate treatment without the disease being controlled can have its complications: to the heart or to the brain or other organs. The ultimate treatments also have their own complications and side effects. Your doctor should tell them to you especially rai. Discuss with md well so you'll be well-informed and you'll be more at ease with the treatment, oh that is 5mcg. ...Read more

Dr. David Geffner
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Is it safe to take a supplement containing 300 mg of l-tyrosine when i'm already treating my graves' disease with levothyroxine and methimazole?

Is it safe to take a supplement containing 300 mg of l-tyrosine when i'm already treating my graves' disease with levothyroxine and methimazole?

Graves medications: L-tyrosine is an Amino Acid and also a precursor to thyroid hormone, l-thyroxine. It could stimulate further the hyperthyroidism of your graves. Not a good idea. Are you using the levothyroxine and Methimazole as directed by your endocrinologist? That combination is unusual, although not unheard of. One suppresses the thyroid, the other increases thyroid levels. ...Read more

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Is nicotine replacement (e-cigs) ok to keep from smoking with graves' disease? Being treated w/ 10mg methimazole daily.

Nicotine and Graves': Nicotine in any form increases your risk of developing graves orbitopathy, which can cause (in increasing severity), dryness, redness, swollen eyelids, eyelid retraction, double vision, proptosis (bulging eyes), and loss of vision. This result from autoimmune cross reaction between some thyroid cells and cells in the orbit. ...Read more

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How much weight does a person lose taking tapazole (methimazole) for graves disease?

How much weight does a person lose taking tapazole (methimazole) for graves disease?

Should not lose: Graves' disease is condition in which an enlarged hyperactive thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone. Tapazole (methimazole) is a medication that treats graves' by lowering thyroid hormone production. Most (not all) patients with graves' or hyperthyroid conditions lose weight because extra thyroid hormone burns calories. Thus, tapazole (methimazole) usually causes weight gain unless thyroid level is still too high. ...Read more

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I have graves disease. My anxiety is out of control. Never felt this way. Could my methimazole be causing it?

I have graves disease. My anxiety is out of control. Never felt this way. Could my methimazole be causing it?

Unlikely: Hyperthyroidism is commonly associated with anxiety symptoms. Methimazole will gradually bring down your thyroid level, but it takes weeks/months to work. If you are having more anxiety, it is likely that your thyroid level is still high. ...Read more

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Can levothyroxine be taken in place of methimazole for Graves disease?

Can levothyroxine be taken in place of methimazole for Graves disease?

Thyroid meds: No it cannot - Grave's disease is actually worsened by the use of Levothyroxine. Grave's disease consists of hyperthyroidism due to antibodies that cause receptors in the thyroid to increase production of natural levothyroxine in the body. Therefore if you take oral Levothyroxine - the symptoms will be worse. Methimazole - blocks the synthesis of the excess levothyroxine. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take fertility drugs when you have graves disease ( I take 10 mg of methimazole once daily)?

Is it safe to take fertility drugs when you have graves disease ( I take 10 mg of methimazole once daily)?

Yes: Yes the medicines are safe. Your thyroid tests need to be monitored to make sure they are stable over time. A rise in your hormones can alter your thyroid hormones but this is easily monitored. ...Read more

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Why did my endocrinologist decrease Methimazole from 10mg to 5mg once daily to treat my mild Graves Disease?

Ask endo: Ask your endocrinologist. I assume that the doctor felt your lab results suggested that the dose could be reduced. ...Read more

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I am on methimazole 10mg/daily for Graves' disease. I was told by dr. I can take garcina Cambogia as I am not having luck losing weight. Is this ok ?

I am on methimazole 10mg/daily for Graves' disease. I was told by dr.  I can take garcina Cambogia as I am not having luck losing weight. Is this ok ?

Not a problem: This product will not interfere with the action of the methimazole. On the other hand, there is no scientific evidence that garcinia will have any effect on your weight. Discuss weight loss with the doctor who prescribed the methimazole. ...Read more

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I have graves disease which is under control. Tapazole (methimazole) 10 mg. daily. Does seasonal flu have serious effects on graves patients? Thanks

I have graves disease which is under control. Tapazole (methimazole) 10 mg. daily. Does seasonal flu have serious effects on graves patients?  Thanks

Flu: Your Grave's should be under control and not affected by flu. That said, you should see your doctor about your flu and also get labs to confirm that your thyroid is under control. ...Read more

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I take 5mg of methimazole for graves disease but it's not helping me. Will I eventually need RadioActive Iodine Therapy?

Talk to endo: Your endocrinologist can answer your question better. Having said that , if Grave's cannot be medically controlled , RAI is likely the next approach. ...Read more

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Had graves disease but am now doing well on 10 mg of tapazole (methimazole). Took iodine pill and now thyroid now burns. Help?

Had graves disease but am now doing well on 10 mg of tapazole (methimazole). Took iodine pill and now thyroid now burns. Help?

Discomfort : Some patients do complain of thyroid discomfort following radioablation. It should be very temporary. Please discuss this with your doctor to get recommendations specific to you. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with graves disease in april after i had the flu &started on methamizole 5 mg i'm curious about graves & other ways to treat it?

I was diagnosed with graves disease in april after i had the flu &started on methamizole 5 mg  i'm curious  about graves & other ways to treat it?

Options: There are 3 ways to treat this: 1)antithyroid drug like methimazole, 2)radioactive iodine treatment (1 dose), 3) surgery. See your doctor or a specialist to figure out what's the best option for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would a doctor put me on both tapazole and Synthroid (thyroxine) for graves disease?

Would a doctor put me on both tapazole and Synthroid (thyroxine) for graves disease?

Complete blockade: Some people don't tolerate withdrawal of tapazole as their thyroid can relapse and become hyperthyroid again. By adding synthroid (thyroxine) to the treatment, tapazole can do its job blocking the thyroid and synthroid (thyroxine) will keep a patient from becoming hypothyroid on tapazole treatment. ...Read more

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How is graves' disease treated now?

I-131 > meds > surg: Many people try the anti-thyroid meds first (ptu (propylthiouracil) or methimazole), but these only work long-term for a modest number of people. If someone has tried and failed one of those meds, then they become more open-minded to the i-131 (radioactive iodine). I-131 usually works well and has a low side-effect profile. Surgery is an option, but has risks, and almost no one actually chooses it. ...Read more

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Dr. Walter Husar
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