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How is hyperthyroidism best treated?
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Dr. Philip Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Thyroid overactive?
If you are hyperthyroid, and it is not a transient thyroiditis, the treatments come down to antithyroid drugs (eg.
Methimazole, b-blockers), radioactive iodine, or surgery. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, and you should discuss with your endocrinologist.

In brief: Thyroid overactive?
If you are hyperthyroid, and it is not a transient thyroiditis, the treatments come down to antithyroid drugs (eg.
Methimazole, b-blockers), radioactive iodine, or surgery. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, and you should discuss with your endocrinologist.
Dr. Philip Kern
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
In brief: Depends
Hyperthyroidism can be treated medically but treatment not always keeping patient at even level of thyroid gland hormone production.
Two alternatives are surgery and radioactive ablation. The ablation does not involve anesthesia or risk of bleeding. Radiation treatment makes patient either hypo or athyroid. Everyday thyroid hormone supplements keep patient well controlled with ablation or surgery.

In brief: Depends
Hyperthyroidism can be treated medically but treatment not always keeping patient at even level of thyroid gland hormone production.
Two alternatives are surgery and radioactive ablation. The ablation does not involve anesthesia or risk of bleeding. Radiation treatment makes patient either hypo or athyroid. Everyday thyroid hormone supplements keep patient well controlled with ablation or surgery.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: Thyroid pills
Taking thyroid pills every day is the best treatment for an underactive thyroid gland.
Usually people do fine with pills that only provide levothyroxine (t4) as the body readily converts this to T3 (liothyronine) as needed. Some patients do feel better on a combination of T4 & t3 (liothyronine).

In brief: Thyroid pills
Taking thyroid pills every day is the best treatment for an underactive thyroid gland.
Usually people do fine with pills that only provide levothyroxine (t4) as the body readily converts this to T3 (liothyronine) as needed. Some patients do feel better on a combination of T4 & t3 (liothyronine).
Dr. Susan Wingo
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