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Treatments for hyperthyroidism?

Treatments for hyperthyroidism?

I131 or pills: Most endocrinologists recommend radioiodine, but some like to use pills. Unfortunately the pills rarely give you a permanent cure. Radioiodine does, but can result in hypothyroidism. Discuss with an endocrinologist. ...Read more

Radioactive (Definition)

Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense conflict between the two strongest forces in nature, it should not be surprising that there are many nuclear isotopes which are unstable and emit some kind of radiation. The most common types of radiation are called alpha, ...Read more


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Are there natural therapies after having radioactive iodine treatment for graves disease?

Are there natural therapies after having radioactive iodine treatment for graves disease?

No: If you become hypothyroid after rai you need to take thyroid hormone to replace your bod's thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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Advice about radioactive iodine for a overactive thyroid?

Advice about radioactive iodine for a overactive thyroid?

Used as treatment: Your thyroid gland uses iodine to produce thyroid hormone. If you have an over-active thyroid gland, one option is to remove/destroy part of the gland. if radioacive iodine is given, the gland will take it up and will be damaged by the radiation, thus reducing the amount of hormone produced. after this occurs, some patients then have too little thyroid and need to take thyroid pills. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of radioactive iodine therapy for hyperthyroidism?

What are the benefits of radioactive iodine therapy for hyperthyroidism?

Avoid surgery: Rai is designed to "kill" the thyroid without the need for surgery and surgical complications. The side effects of rai are few and manageable if done properly. Once your thyroid is dead, then you will need to take synthroid, (thyroxine) but that is easy... Much easier than taking antithyroid drugs like methimazole. You need an endocrinologist to guide you through this. ...Read more

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Do doctors know of natural alternatives after having radioactive iodine treatment for graves disease?

Do doctors know of natural alternatives after having radioactive iodine treatment for graves disease?

No: This is one not to play around with. Untreated graves' will kill you. Your options include thyroid suppressors (which are based on stuff that occurs in vegetables, if that appeals to your sense of the natural, which is reasonable) and surgery as well as radioactive iodine. I'm simply glad you have the luxury of asking -- in the old days, graves' promised an especially miserable death. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for hyperthyroidism, particularly for autoimmune thyroiditis unresponsive to drug therapy?

What is the best treatment for hyperthyroidism, particularly for autoimmune thyroiditis unresponsive to drug therapy?

Furhter eval: Hashi and most autoimmune illnesses stem from undiagnosed food allergens or environmental toxins stored in the body. Go to a4m.Com and use doctor locator function to find a local functional medicine doc to help you order specialized testing for gut like genova cdsa as well as metametrix igg food allergen testing to discover real cause. If not "fixed" other autoimmune illnesses will be in upcoming! ...Read more

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Can you stay on antithyroid medication indefinitely rather than definitive treatment for Graves' disease ?

Can you stay on antithyroid medication indefinitely rather than definitive treatment for Graves' disease ?

Meds for Grave's: 52F from UK asks if one can take antithyroid meds indefinitely rather than definitive treatment for Graves' Disease. ANS: Yes and sometimes one can even stop after a period of time but need to weigh side effects of meds vs radiation and your other circumstances that are best assessed by your thyroid Dr. ...Read more

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Which treatments work best for an overactive thyroid - hyperthyroidism?

Several options: The treatments come down to antithyroid drugs (eg. Methimazole), radioactive iodine (rai), or surgery. Each has advantages and disadvantages, and you should discuss with your endocrinologist. If you opt for surgery, make sure the surgeon is an experienced thyroid surgeon. ...Read more

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I have low iodine diet before radio iodine treatment for thyroid cancers?

I have low iodine diet before radio iodine treatment for thyroid cancers?

Pre-treatment: You are on low iodine diet to keep normal iodine from competing with radio-iodine and interfering with the concentration of radio-iodine in the thyroid cancer. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Why is propylthiouracil used for treating hyperthyroidism?

Why is propylthiouracil used for treating hyperthyroidism?

Ptu (propylthiouracil): Ptu (propylthiouracil) is an antithyroid drug. It decreases the amount of hormones produced by the thyroid thus it's a treatment for hyperthyroidism. Methimazole is another drug that does the same thing and is the drug of choice in this drug class. ...Read more

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How safe is external-beam radiation treatment for thyroid cancer?

How safe is external-beam radiation treatment for thyroid cancer?

Unusual: In most cases, external beam should be considered only if i-131 and surgery have failed. Targeting a single brain or bone lesion with external beam can be done, usually with limited side effects, but the goal is usually not for cure in those cases. Depending on the specifics, some thought should be given to a tyrosine kinase inhibitor as a third-line treatment. ...Read more

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How do doctors know if thyroid cells(cancerous and non) take up the radioactive iodine after rai treatment for papillary thyroid cancer?

How do doctors know if thyroid cells(cancerous and non) take up the radioactive iodine after rai treatment for papillary thyroid cancer?

Nuclear medicine: Nuclear medicine scans will show where the radioactivity is concentrated, which is almost always in these cases in the thyroid glands and in any metastatic lesions of thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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\question on graves disease and being treated for it with radioactive iodine/ success?

Graves dis,radioacti: Radioactive iodine treatment is very effective in treatment of graves disease.The thyroid gland is knocked out and patients will need thyroid replacement all their life. ...Read more

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Does subclinical hyperthyroid caused by graves always progress to hyperthyroid and is treatment necessary for subclinical hyperthyroid?

Does subclinical hyperthyroid caused by graves always progress to hyperthyroid and is treatment necessary for subclinical hyperthyroid?

Watch carefully: Eventually, you will likely develop either overt hyperthyroidism, or you could possibly become hypothyroid. But not always, and this could take years. If you feel well, and your heart/bones/psyche/ etc are ok, you and your doctor (best: Endocrinologist) could elect to watch this and not treat now, but watch carefully. ...Read more

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Mymumreceivedexternalradiation therapy and radiation iodine therapy for her thyroid papillary carcinoma.What are the sideeffects of these treatments?

Mymumreceivedexternalradiation therapy and radiation iodine therapy for her thyroid papillary carcinoma.What are the sideeffects of these treatments?

Discuss with your MD: External radiation and radioiodine therapy for thyroid cancer are relatively safe but they have different possible side effects. Radiation therapy may affect nearby structures like nerves affecting vocal cords causing hoarseness. The effects of radioiodine therapy may be: neck tenderness and swellin, nausea and vomiting, swelling and tenderness of the salivary glands, dry mouth and taste changes. ...Read more

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What is treatment for thyroid cancer?

What is treatment for thyroid cancer?

Surgery: A surgery named total thyroidectomy is the mainstay of therapy for thyroid cancer. This may be done with or without a central neck dissection depending on your particular surgeon's prefrences and how aggressive your particular thyroid cancer may be. After surgery depending on multiple factors you may or may not receive radioactive iodine ablation. ...Read more

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Alternatives to surgery for multinodular goiters?

Alternatives to surgery for multinodular goiters?

Wait and watch: If there are no symptoms and no suspicious nodule, i would suggest the question should be the other way around. Are there any good alternatives to watching and waiting? No. ...Read more

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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


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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

A medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked ...Read more