Treatment Options

 

Carbimazole

Carbimazole is an antithyroid medicine.  It reduces the amount of thyroid hormones and will aim to bring your thyroxine levels back to normal.  It is sometimes used along with levothyroxine.

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PTU

Propylthiouracil (PTU) is an antithyroid medicine.  It reduces the amount of thyroid hormones and will aim to bring your thyroxine levels back to normal.  It is often prescribed when patients cannot tolerate carbimazole.

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Block and Replace

The block-and-replace method for hyperthyroidism uses persistently high levels of antithyroid medication along with levothyroxine replacement in order to avoid becoming hypothyroid.

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Medications for Hyperthyroidism

Thyroid UK collates information such as ingredients on the different brands of generic antithyroid and related medications including carbimazole and propylthiouracil to ensure that allergens or intolerances can be found before asking for a particular brand.

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Beta Blockers

Beta blockers are given to reduce the symptoms of hyperthyroidism which include palpitations, tachycardia, tremulousness, anxiety, and heat intolerance.

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Radiotherapy

Radioactive iodine treatment is a type of radiotherapy that is used to destroy the cells in the thyroid gland in order to reduce the amount of hormones being produced.

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Thyroidectomy

A thyroidectomy is the procedure of removing part or all of the thyroid gland.  This is usually done due to benign or cancerous nodules or due to uncontrolled overactivity of the thyroid gland.

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Food and Drug Interactions

There are a multitude of things that can interfere with your thyroid medication including food and drugs.  You can find information here.

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