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Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?

Smoking? Ptu (propylthiouracil) has been used during pregnancy without mayor issues with the baby, though you do need to watch for adverse events on the mother. Smoking does not alter thyroid status. Now if you are taking Clomid for regulation of ovulation because you want to get pregnant, what are you doing smoking? Read more...
Eye disease. Smoking will greatly increase your risk for developing grave's exophthalmopathy. Essentially, the eyes are pushed out because of immune deposits behind them. This will make it difficult for you to close your eyes. People go blind from this depending on severity. We don't understand why smoking increases your risk but it does. Read more...

I am taking propylthiouracil for an enlarged and overactive thyroid. Is it safe? What are other medications I could be taking?

Black Box Label. Ptu (propylthiouracil) is not the first line medication for grave's disease under usual circumstances. It has been associated with some cases of liver failure and can also cause suppression of certain immune system cells. Methimazole is the drug we use which can also have some of the same side effects, though doesnt have the same risk for liver failure. Neither drug provides definitive cure. Please talk to ur doc. Read more...

How long till ur treated from hyperthyroidism? I hav been taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for 6 months now should I continue taking d meds?

Not sure. Usually the majority the patients will go on remisión after 1-3 years after the diagnosis, but there is also a large percentage that will need the medication for decades, very difficult to figure that out, the only way to know is by serial blood test in which we measure thyroid hormones. Read more...
Usually 12-18 months. Typically, people take thyroid-blocking meds like ptu (propylthiouracil) or Methimazole fro 12-18 months. Then the med is stopped, and thyroid hormone levels watched closely to see if hyperthyroidism returns. About 1/3 of people have it return as soon as med stopped, another 1/3 have it return within 2 years of stopping med. Usually surgery or radioactive used if it returns. Read more...
Usually 12-24months. But it depends on how over active your thyroid was to begin with, how quickly you responded and how much medication you need. Blood tests will tell if your thyroid hormones levels are ok. Generally i wait til someone has been within normal for a year, but sometimes i'll take them off sooner if they need very little med and levels are low side of normal. Read more...

I was told I have hashitoxicosis. Is there a way to treat it? I was on ptu (propylthiouracil) for 2 years because the dr said I had hyperthyroidism. I no longer take ptu (propylthiouracil)

Hashitoxicosis. Graves disease and hashimoto's thyroiditis are both autoimmune thyroid disorders. In typical graves, the antibodies make the thyroid overactive. In typical hashi, the antibodies destroy the thyroid. Sometimes both occur together; you can be hyperthyroid, and eventually "burn out" and become normal, or hypothyroid. So what is your thyroid doing now? Follow the advice of your endocrinologist. Read more...

I have been on ptu (propylthiouracil) for 5 years now to treat hyperthyroidism. Is it time for other therapy?

Other options. Ptu (propylthiouracil) is not without its side effects which would include bone marrow and liver toxicities. Grave's disease can only be cured by removing the thyroid gland either surgically or with radioiodine. Radioidine is a relatively safe and permanent treatment for hyperthyroidism due to grave's disease. Surgery has other potential complications. Please discuss options with your endocrinologist. Read more...
Maybe. If your thyroid levels are normal on a fairly low dose of ptu (propylthiouracil), (propylthiouracil) it may be possible for your thyroid to work normally without the ptu (propylthiouracil). Stopping the ptu (propylthiouracil) would need to be done under the close supervision of your doctor. If you still need high doses of ptu (propylthiouracil) or the thyroid levels are still high, it probably is time to at least consider alternatives including surgery or radioactive iodine. Read more...

I have hyperthyroidism and am taking ptu (propylthiouracil). Is a bitter after taste lasting for more than an hour normal?

Yes. Ability to taste ptu (propylthiouracil) is inherited. If it is really bothering you ask your thyroidologist to consider other med (methimazole) or treatments. If you have no other side effects - high fever, hives, jaundice, or myalgiasor joint swelling - and can tolerate the taste than keep it up. Read more...

What to do if I have hyperthyroidism and is taking ptu (propylthiouracil). Is a bitter after taste lasting for more than an hr normal?

Side effect. Ptu (propylthiouracil) is known to have a bad taste and aftertaste. The more commonly used medication to treat hyperthyroidism is methimazole. This med does not have much of an aftertaste, and is currently the recommended med rather than ptu (propylthiouracil) (unless you have previously had problems with methimazole). Read more...