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Is everyone using ptu (propylthiouracil) for graves disease?
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Philip Kern
Although both methimazole and PTU have been around for many years, recent studies have noted that PTU has a relatively high rate of liver damage. Therefore, most people use methimazole as the primary drug when they are treating the hyperthyroidism. Radioactive iodine and surgery are ways to get permanent treatment of the hyperthyroidism.
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