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Can taking too many iodine supplements cause an overactive thyroid?

Can taking too many iodine supplements cause an overactive thyroid?

There are: Certain thyroid conditions that can develop into an overactive thyroid with ingesting of very large amounts of iodine, but it is uncommon except when you get iodine contrast intravenously. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Is 650 mcg of iodine too much to supplement with and could it cause enlarged thyroid?

Is 650 mcg of iodine too much to supplement with and could it cause enlarged thyroid?

IodineSupplement: Chronic use of Iodine supplement can cause Hypothyroidism,thyrotoxicosis,and higher risk of thyroid cancer.Can cause thyroid enlargement rarely Can irritate stomach.Can cause fever,rapid heart beat and Congstive Heart Failure Most adults need 200 microgram of Iodine every day and 1 Teaspoonful of iodised salt contains 400micrograms of Iodine ...Read more

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I am taking elevit with iodine and have just been diagnosed with over active thyroid I am thinking it's because of these supplements. Should I change?

I am taking elevit with iodine and have just been diagnosed with over active thyroid
 I am thinking it's because of these supplements. Should I change?

Possibly: Excessive iodine can cause thyroid problems-including goiter and abnormal lab tests. Please tell your doctor who is testing you--it is very important in how we interpret these tests. ...Read more

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Took Nascent iodine supplement today, serving size is 1,950 mcg, could this enlarge ,my thyroid gland? If so would it be permanent?

Took Nascent iodine supplement today, serving size is 1,950 mcg, could this enlarge ,my thyroid gland? If so would it be permanent?

Very High Dose: Is this one time dose or you are going to be taking it daily and why are you taking Iodine In USA our salt is Iodised I wiuld imagine it is also iodised in UK If you take more than 500 microrgam of iodine daily it may cause Hypothyroidism and increased risk of thyroid cancer and thyrotoxicosis and enlargement of thyroid Ask your doctor if you should take iodine supplment and how much ...Read more

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Im taking synthroid (thyroxine) for hypothyroidism and also taking a liquid iodine supplement. Is this ok? what is more effective? will my thyroid get better?

Im taking synthroid (thyroxine) for hypothyroidism and also taking a liquid iodine supplement. Is this ok? what is more effective? will my thyroid get better?

Get Iodine Level: There are still areas in Brazil with iodine deficiency. If you are iodine deficient and have an enlarging thyroid (goiter) and an underactive thyroid the iodine will likely be helpful and your Synthroid (thyroxine) dose may go down (do not take them at the same time). If you are not iodine deficient depending on the thyroid problem, iodine may actually worsen thyroid function. Get your iodine level checked. ...Read more

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61 yr. Female with TSH 12.23 (12 hr. Fast). I supplement a few drops of atomized iodine transdermal. Mom/sister have thyroid issues - take synthroid (thyroxine).

61 yr. Female with TSH 12.23 (12 hr. Fast). I supplement a few drops of atomized iodine transdermal. Mom/sister have thyroid issues - take synthroid (thyroxine).

Hypothryroid: By definition you are hypothyroid, though it would be useful to know your levels of free T3 (liothyronine) & free t4. However, the most important question is if you have symptoms of hypothyroidism- see http://www.Stopthethyroidmadness.Com/long-and-pathetic/ iodine is usually fine but you will likely benefit from taking thyroid if you are symptomatic. ...Read more

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If my tsh low, t3 (liothyronine) and t4 is normal, is it hypo or hyper thyroidism? Should I take iodine? Ultra sound is normal, without pathology.

If my tsh low, t3 (liothyronine) and t4 is normal, is it hypo or hyper thyroidism? Should I take iodine? Ultra sound is normal, without pathology.

Hypothyroid: The answer to this question depends on what your exact levels are and what type of symptoms you have. "Subclinical Hypothyroidsim" sometimes presents in the manner you describe. ...Read more

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Should i take vitamin d or any other supplement or anything for thyroidism?

Should i take vitamin d or any other supplement or anything for thyroidism?

Vitamin D won't help: If you truly have hypothyroidism the treatment is to take thyroid hormone prescribed by a doctor who has reviewed your thyroid test results. Vitamin d is not the treatment for thyroid problems. ...Read more

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Are iodine supplements safe?

Only in safe amounts: Iodine deficiency is uncommon in the US because it is abundant in seafood, added to many other foods, and found in multivitamins. Taking more than the generally recommended daily limit of ~1000 mcg daily will increase the risk of thyroid dysfunction. Hypothyroidism occurs when excessive iodine blocks thyroid hormone synthesis. Hyperthyroidism can also occur in people susceptible to overfunction. ...Read more

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Do iodine supplements really help with hypothyroidism?

Yes: As many people have started using sea salt, we have created a relative deficiency in iodine in many people. Random urinary iodine levels can be checked to determine levels, and I have found several patients to be deficient. Without enough iodine, your thyroid (and many other organs) cannot work effectively. Get checked. If you are low, start supplementing. Selenium is another important mineral. ...Read more

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Does radioactive iodine destroy the entire thyroid? If so, why?

RAI...: Radioactive iodine is used for many conditions such as graves disease, thyroid cancer, and hyperfunctioning/autonomous nodules. In each case, a particular dose of radioactive iodine is used to achieve the desired result. Each case is individual and will decide how much of the gland needs to be damaged. ...Read more

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What can I expect after getting radioactive iodine on my thyroid?

What can I expect after getting radioactive iodine on my thyroid?

Improvement: Radiation treatment is designed to render non-functional the hormone producing cells of the thyroid in cases of overactivity. You can expect to have an improvement in your symptoms and a feeling of well being. You probably will need to supplement your body with thyroid hormone to replace the loss from these cells that no longer work. ...Read more

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How long do I have to be on a low iodine diet for thyroid nuclear scan?

2 weeks: A low-iodine diet should usually be followed for 2 weeks prior to a thyroid whole-body scan. The rationale behind this is to reduce the chances of non-radiactive iodine (in food and table salt) to compete with the radioactive active iodine use for diagnosis (i-123) and treatment (i-131). ...Read more

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What percentage of radio active thyroid iodine patients lose all thyroid function?

What percentage of radio active thyroid iodine patients lose all thyroid function?

Depends on dose: For graves disease, typical doses of rai are 5-25 mci. The dose depends on your uptake and size of gland. Some doctors give low doses to try to make your thyroid normal. But this usually does not work. Either the low dose leaves you still hyperthyroid, or it makes you hypo, just like a higher dose. For this reason, many just give a high-ish dose so you become hypo quickly and go on synthroid (thyroxine). ...Read more

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With hyperactive thyroid would you think limiting iodine foods from my diet would help?

Unlikely, in fact...: It's important to determine the cause of your overactive thyroid. If you have Grave's disease there's evidence that supplementing with iodine may actually help! See http://www.uptodate.com/contents/iodine-in-the-treatment-of-hyperthyroidism & http://theiodineproject.webs.com/hyperthyroidandiodine.htm Some with thyroiditis shouldn't take iodine but the amount in your diet makes little difference. ...Read more

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What is the trade name for drugs that block the channel of iodine transport to the thyroid gland?

Antithyroid drugs: Methimazole and PTU (propylthiouracil) (propylthiouricil) inhibit iodination of thyroglobulin, but not the transporter. I think you are thinking about perchlorate. Perchlorate is a chemical found in fertilizer, rocket fuel, and other industrial uses. It is an environmental contaminant. It was used years ago clinically for hyperthyroidism, but no one uses it now. ...Read more

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Can eating lite salt with iodine everyday help to normalize my slow thyroid...Im already on thyroid medication...

Iodine is needed: Iodine is needed for proper thyroid function. You don't say why your thyroid is 'slow', so there is no telling how much this can help.. Keep us posted ! ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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