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Is it possible that a person with graves disease be able to take medicine all their life such as ptu (propylthiouracil)?

Possible. It is possible to take ptu (propylthiouracil) indefinitely but generally not recommended. Most people with graves disease are treated with antithyroid drugs for a maximum of 2 years. If you remain hyperthyroid after that time, definitive treatment with surgery or radioactive iodine is recommended. There are few studies looking at the long term effects of taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for many years. Read more...

Might it happen that a person with graves disease be able to take medicine all their life such as ptu (propylthiouracil)?

You Can but/choices. About30% of patients will remission after prolonged treatment with ptu (propylthiouracil), (propylthiouracil) but you can not predict who will go into remission.Most endocrinologist recommend radioactive iodine therapy if there is no remission after one or two years if there is no contraindication for rai therapy, or if one can not tolerate ptu (propylthiouracil) due to side effects.After rai you may need thyroid supplements all your life which is simpler. Read more...

How long will it take for my meds to bring my graves disease back to normal I've been taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for three weeks now?

Weeks to months. Depending on how severe your grave's presentation was and how much medication you're on, it could take awhile. You may also become hypothyroid on treatment which also doesn't feel good. Routine monitoring of labs really important. Black box warning on ptu (propylthiouracil) as it's caused fulminant liver failure in some. Methimazole preferably used except under certain circumstances. Read more...

Is everyone using ptu (propylthiouracil) for graves disease?

No. There are essentially three approaches to managing hyperthyroidism: surgical removal of gland, radiation therapy to the gland, medication (tapazole, propylthiouracil) to block the gland from taking up iodine and forming too much hormone. The symptoms must be treated often first with beta-blocker. Treatment options need by discussed and tailored for each person, depending on age, other probs, etc. Read more...