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What can I take in the first trimester to control my overactive thyroid?

What can I take in the first trimester to control my overactive thyroid?

Propylthiouracil: Hyperthyroidism is an important medical complication to get under control quickly in pregnancy. There are two common medications ptu (propylthiouracil) and methimazole. Methimazole is associated with certain birth defects so pregnant women should be switched or started on ptu. This medication is safe to take whereas untreated hyperthyroidism can be very dangerous. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked decrease in overall health. Often the patient does not notice the loss of thyroid hormone for several weeks or more. Once diagnosed with low thyroid hormone levels, the patient will be prescribed with thyroid hormone to a point where the thyroid levels are normal and ...Read more


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If i take medicine for overactive thyroid, will i gain weight?

If i take medicine for overactive thyroid, will i gain weight?

Not necessarily: You will return to normal physiology once you stop burning off extra calories. Once your thyroid is normalized, it will be like anyone else with a balance of what you take in and what you burn off. Many people, however, learn to eat more when their thyroid is overactive and need to "unlearn" their overeating when the thyroid is normalized. You body won't do it for you. ...Read more

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If the thyroid is not under control, does that mean you have an overactive thyroid?

Hyper- or hypo-: It could be underactive or overactive. There are specific tests that help determine that. Contact your provider if you have concern about your thyroid and he/she will order blood work as indicated. ...Read more

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If I have an overactive thyroid and take medication for it, will it help me lose weight?

If I have an overactive thyroid and take medication for it, will it help me lose weight?

Likely not: Treatment of an overactive thyroid aims to make your thyroid hormone levels normal. Thsi will also normalize your metabolism (it will slow down, as compared to when you were hyperthyroid). It is very important to decrease caloric intake as most likely as metabolism slows down, if eating the same amount of calories, you will gain weight. ...Read more

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Was told have overactive thyroid is it possible this has been a long term condition which has shown as a heart attack in 2011?

Was told have overactive thyroid is it possible this has been a long term condition which has shown as a heart attack in 2011?

Yes and no: Yes - This could be a long-term condition that you've been living with. No - I don't see how this could be misinterpreted as a heart attack. The lab results and EKG tracings are very different. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Hi I have been diagnosed with overactive thyroid & been put on both neomercazole & levothyroxine. Is there any diet pills i can take .

Hi I have been diagnosed with overactive thyroid & been put on both neomercazole  & levothyroxine. Is there any diet pills i can take .

No: There are no diet pills to treat overactive thyroid. Usually, when the thyroid is overactive, an anti-thyroid medication is used to slow down thyroid function. Although some physicians add levothyroxine once thyroid hormone levels are well controlled, most endocrinologist would wean teh anti-thyroid drug to a small dose before adding levothyroxine. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Have an overactive thyroid but after the Depo-Provera shot I have gained a lot of weight and can't lose it i want to take diet pills but scared please help?

Dep shot only water: You cannot take diet pills with an overactive thyroid gland, people with this problem are thin, are you confusing low thyroid( hypothyroid) with overactive thyroid. If you thyroid is overactive the TSH would be less than 0.5 may be 0.1, check it out the depo shot retains water but does not make you gain more than a 2 lbs. Diet pills are certainly not the answer. ...Read more

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Overactive thyroid gained tremendous weight after Depo-Provera shot i'm on atenolol 25 mg once daily and methimazole 10 mg 3x daily can I take diet pills?

Ask your doctor: First of all, diet pills are a short term solution to a long term problem. Most contain stimulants, and these are definitely unsafe w/ active hyperthyroidism. Once thyroid levels are normal, they may be as safe as in someone w/ no thyroid problems, but still don't address the causes of weight gain. Be patient, many hyperthyroid patients gain weight because their appetite increases. ...Read more

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What is an overactive thyroid?

What is an overactive thyroid?

Overactive thyroid: Some symptoms of hyperthyroidism are: feeling nervous, fast heartbeat, weight loss, feeling hot, trouble sleeping, feeling anxious, sweating heavily, muscle weakness, increased appetite, frequent bowel movement...Some hyperthyroid patients will have 1-2 symptoms, some have all of them and some have none of them at all. The only way to know for sure is to get a blood test. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid," is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more


Dr. Scott Keith
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more