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My child has goiter, will it hurt him to take synthroid (thyroxine)?
22 doctors weighed in

Dr. Larry Deeb
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: It may atually help
Goiters or enlarged thyroid glands usually are caused by autoimmune thyroid disease.
This will eventually cause the thyroid to become underactive(hypothyroid). Normal thryoid status is essential to normal growth and development. If thyroid medicine is needed levothyroxine (synthroid is one trade name) is essential.

In brief: It may atually help
Goiters or enlarged thyroid glands usually are caused by autoimmune thyroid disease.
This will eventually cause the thyroid to become underactive(hypothyroid). Normal thryoid status is essential to normal growth and development. If thyroid medicine is needed levothyroxine (synthroid is one trade name) is essential.
Dr. Larry Deeb
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Is he hypothyroid?
Goiter has different causes.
If you son has hypothyroidism then synthroid (thyroxine) is appropriate. Some might try to treat a large goiter with synthroid (thyroxine) even if thyroid function is ok. Results vary.

In brief: Is he hypothyroid?
Goiter has different causes.
If you son has hypothyroidism then synthroid (thyroxine) is appropriate. Some might try to treat a large goiter with synthroid (thyroxine) even if thyroid function is ok. Results vary.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. David Rosen
Internal Medicine - Oncology
5 doctors agree
In brief: No
Certainly taking synthroid (thyroxine) if the thyroid levels are low is not harmful, but is crucial.
If the reason for taking synthroid (thyroxine) is to shrink goiter then not indicated. Important to screen for thyroid cancer risk. Any family history thyroid cancer(especially medullary). Any radiation exposure. Ultrasound should look for dominant /suspicious nodules. ? Compressive symptoms. Is it graves?

In brief: No
Certainly taking synthroid (thyroxine) if the thyroid levels are low is not harmful, but is crucial.
If the reason for taking synthroid (thyroxine) is to shrink goiter then not indicated. Important to screen for thyroid cancer risk. Any family history thyroid cancer(especially medullary). Any radiation exposure. Ultrasound should look for dominant /suspicious nodules. ? Compressive symptoms. Is it graves?
Dr. David Rosen
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Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not for goiter
It will hurt him if his thyroid level is normal and he starts taking synthroid (thyroxine).
You might get mild shrinkage but the risks outweigh the benefits (speaking purely about synthroid (thyroxine) for goiter, not function).

In brief: Not for goiter
It will hurt him if his thyroid level is normal and he starts taking synthroid (thyroxine).
You might get mild shrinkage but the risks outweigh the benefits (speaking purely about synthroid (thyroxine) for goiter, not function).
Dr. Alvin Mathew
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Generally no
Goiters can occur when the gland may be producing normal, high or low levels of thyrod hormone, so taking synthyroid should depend on guidence by proper testing.
Most goiters occur when the gland is not able to produce enough, so the gland enlarges to try. Chech with your doctor and find the right answer for his condition. This hormone is necessary for much of his bodies metabolism & development.

In brief: Generally no
Goiters can occur when the gland may be producing normal, high or low levels of thyrod hormone, so taking synthyroid should depend on guidence by proper testing.
Most goiters occur when the gland is not able to produce enough, so the gland enlarges to try. Chech with your doctor and find the right answer for his condition. This hormone is necessary for much of his bodies metabolism & development.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
In brief: Only if he needs it
Most childhood goiters in this country are usually because of autoimmune disease, though iodine deficiency may need to be considered.
Synthroid (thyroxine) is prescribed to children who have hypothyroidism. The goiter may shrink if the child is currently hypothyroid and gets treatment (iodine if deficient). However, synthroid (thyroxine) is not a recommended treatment for goiter alone if thyroid function is normal.

In brief: Only if he needs it
Most childhood goiters in this country are usually because of autoimmune disease, though iodine deficiency may need to be considered.
Synthroid (thyroxine) is prescribed to children who have hypothyroidism. The goiter may shrink if the child is currently hypothyroid and gets treatment (iodine if deficient). However, synthroid (thyroxine) is not a recommended treatment for goiter alone if thyroid function is normal.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics
In brief: Generally no
Depends type of biter and if he needs treatment.

In brief: Generally no
Depends type of biter and if he needs treatment.
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