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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...

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...