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Doctor insights on: Iodine Supplements After A Complete Thyroidectomy

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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I take 75 Synthroid (thyroxine) after a thyroidectomy. Would an iodine supplement help? How would i know if i were iodine deficient?

I take 75 Synthroid (thyroxine) after a thyroidectomy.  Would an iodine supplement help?   How would i know if i were iodine deficient?

Iodine not needed: The primary organ that uses iodine is the thyroid. If your thyroid is removed, then an iodine supplement will not be of use. In addition, there is a lot of iodine in a normal diet. It is very hard to become iodine deficient in all but a handful of remote regions of the world. ...Read more

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How long after a complete thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine until you get your stamina back? My surgery was october 19, 2010 and ri was done nov 30

How long after a complete thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine until you get your stamina back? My surgery was october 19, 2010 and ri was done nov 30

Post thyroidactomy: You should feel normal ( if not hyper) after around 3-4 weeks from starting your thyroid replacement therapy . Not feeling well . Is usually due to both either over or under replacement. Check your levels and adjust treent. ...Read more

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Radioactive iodine versus partial thyroidectomy, explain please?

Need more info: Radioactive iodine is often used for graves' disease which is a hyperactive thyroid condition. I am assuming you were given this option or partial thyroid removal to control the problem. The radioactive therapy is usually preferred but sometimes surgery is better depending on many issues. You need to discuss with endocrinologist and surgeon. ...Read more

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Had a succesful total thyroidectomy last week, and i let my brother clean the incision, he is a nurse, he used iodine, is it harmful?

No: If he had a total thyroidectomy, he will be on replacement thyroid hormone with levothyroxin for example or other thyroid hormone preparation. Whether you had a topical exposure to iodine should not make any difference. It would not be harmful. ...Read more

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To ablate remnant tissue after complete thyroidectomy(initially had multiple noduls, 1-ca node), what maximum dose of radioactive iodine be taken?

To ablate remnant tissue after complete thyroidectomy(initially had multiple noduls, 1-ca node), what maximum dose of radioactive iodine be taken?

Depends: The dose is related to the risk of recurrent disease. The larger the primary tumor, the higher the risk. In your age group (under 45 yo) the risk is relatively low, even with having a positive lymph node. The recommended dose would be as low as 30 mci or as high as 100. ...Read more

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How safe is radiation iodine treatment after a thyroidectomy.

How safe is radiation iodine treatment after a thyroidectomy.

Safe: Treatment with radioactive iodine is common after thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer. It decreases the chance of recurrent disease significantly. It is generally well tolerated. The most common side effect is a dry mouth due to less saliva production. Radiation exposure to your body is relatively low. The chance of radiation side effects is related to the dose. ...Read more

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What are the risks of radio iodine treatment? As i don't know whether to choose that or thyroidectomy.

Works: It's the treatment of choice for graves. It's usually successful. It can't be given during pregnancy but there's no problem with a later pregnancy after treatment is complete. Be aware that you will almost certainly need to take a thyroid supplement for the rest of your life afterwards. ...Read more

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Should i consider radioactive iodine therapy for regrowth of tissue after -partial, then total thyroidectomy?

Should i consider radioactive iodine therapy for regrowth of tissue after -partial, then total thyroidectomy?

It depends : That would depend on the original diagnosis and reason for thyroidectomy. If it was for benign modular disease or goiter then it shouldn't be necessary. If it was treatment of cancer then it is probably advisable but there are other factors that would need to be explored with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the risks of radioactive iodine after total thyroidectomy for cancer?

See list: -metallic taste in your mouth.
-dry mouth.
-sore throat.
-neck pain. Radioactive iodine treatment can make your neck swell up or hurt.
-nausea or vomiting, which is usually mild.
-constipation or diarrhea.
-fatigue. ...Read more

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Can the parathyroid glands be damaged after Iodine 131 treatment following thyroidectomy?

No but: The parathyroid can be inadvertently removed, temporarily or permanently damaged during the thyroidectomy. You just need to work with your doc to determine which case pertains to you. ...Read more

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How soon after full thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer to get scan and start radioactive iodine?

How soon after full thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer to get scan and start radioactive iodine?

3-4 weeks: Remnant ablation requires high levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (tsh), which will require one to be "hypothyroid". This means that synthroid (thyroxine) needs to be stopped for approximately 3 weeks in order to achieve these elevated TSH values. For those that cannot tolerate being so hypothyroid, there is a recombinant human TSH that can be given, but this is very expensive and rarely covered expense. ...Read more

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Is radioactive iodine a fairly safe treatment after total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer? I'm 42 years old.

Is radioactive iodine a fairly safe treatment after total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer? I'm 42 years old.

Radioactive iodine: It is safe and effective. It has been used millions of times and the side effects are low. It is being used more judiciously recently based on 2015 ATA guidelines. Low risk cancers don't usually need RAI. Intermediate risk can benefit from a low dose to ablate the thyroid remnant. High risk benefit from conventional RAI 70-100+ mCi. ...Read more

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Im 10 weeks pregnant. Dad has radio iodine therapy aftr thyroidectomy. How long should I stay away from him? Any other precautions taken for me?

How long ago ?: In first trimester should not take any chance for radiation exposure . Commonly used I-131 is pretty safe , it has half life of about 8 days in wks pretty safe for normal people , with in few days. It also depends how far away are you from patient ( your dad ) close contact is needed , hospital will releases only if public safety is not compromised . Speak to his doctor for precautions ...Read more

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I had a partial thyroidectomy and the radioactive iodine treatment for the other side due to goiter-nodule with small cancer. Synthroid (thyroxine) reduced-why?

I had a partial thyroidectomy and the radioactive iodine treatment for the other side due to goiter-nodule with small cancer. Synthroid (thyroxine) reduced-why?

For RAI to Work: The overall treatment is a little confusing as cancer is usually surgically removed, but there are a few reasons to lower your Synthroid (thyroxine). It may be held for a while so your left over thyroid tries to work and will suck up the RAI. The other reason is when the thyroid cells die they will release thyroid hormone. This could temp make you hyperthyroid. Eventually your dose will be adjusted again. ...Read more

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Wondering if its safe to take supplements after thyroidectomy?

Wondering if its safe to take supplements after thyroidectomy?

You're: Taking prescription thyroid medication, if you're talking dietary supplements it's the same they're not regulated and hard to tell what's really in them and any toxins ...Read more

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Should I avoid any foods or supplements? Total thyroidectomy 20+ yrs ago, & endo decreased my HRT dosage recently. I do bldwrk & F/U anny'alls & well.

Should I avoid any foods or supplements? Total thyroidectomy 20+ yrs ago, & endo decreased my HRT dosage recently. I do bldwrk & F/U anny'alls & well.

Avoid foods?: 52F form US has have thyroidectomy and HRT dosage decreased recently. Tests show all is well. if you feel well then I would avoid all supplements as they are almost always a waste of money and can be dangerous. Not certain if HRT refers to Thyroid replacement rx which you will need for life of female hormone replacement which you probably do not need. ...Read more

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I had a complete thyroidectomy two months ago. What is the mean starting dose for thyroid supplements? I have problems with low body temperature.

I had a complete thyroidectomy  two months ago. What is the mean starting dose for thyroid supplements?  I  have problems with low body temperature.

Depends on health: Healthy individuals are frequently started at 100 mcg of levothyroxine. Don't use armour thyroid. Less healthy individuals might be started at 50 mcg . The level is then checked every 6 to 8 weeks, as it takes quite a while to make a change, and stabilize. The medication is increased by 50 to 100 mcg at a time . Levothyroxine should be taken on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 after a meal. ...Read more

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For hyperthroid, can I take supplements which had contain 66ug's iodine?

For hyperthroid, can I take supplements which had contain 66ug's iodine?

Iodine and thyroid: The totala recommended amount of iodine in the diet is 150 ug daily. If the diet supplement contains only a total of 66 mg daily, it should be safe. Of note, if your still have high thyroid levels, the ingredients of an over-the -counter diet aid may cause you to feel shakey and have a high heart rate. I would not use until your thyroid levels are normal. ...Read more

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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

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