Hyperthyroid 101: Graves’ Disease Treatment Options

Hyperthyroid 101: Graves’ Disease Treatment Options

Hyperthyroid 101: Graves’ Disease Treatment Options

Hyperthyroid 101: Graves’ Disease Treatment Options

 

Dr.Guttler’s Comments:

  1. Three options.
  2. Anti-thyroid medication preserves thyroid function.
  3. Surgery permanently eliminate your body’s ability to produce thyroid hormones, so you need to take daily thyroid hormone therapy afterward.
  4. Radioiodine. same for RAI.
  5. There’s no treatment available for the root cause of Graves’ disease.
  6. Treatment focuses on controlling the overactive thyroid.
  7. Anti-thyroid medication often is recommended as the first step in treatment.
  8. This option holds the possibility of remission.
  9. Methimazole makes it harder for the body to produce thyroid hormone.
  10. 45% anti-thyroid medication leads to remission.
  11. Low dose can be used for a longer period instead of surgery or RAI.
  12. Relapse can occur.
  13. Methimazole is not recommended for women who are thinking about becoming pregnant or are at the first trimester of pregnancy.
  14. Relapse can be treated with surgery or RAI.
  15. After both radioactive iodine therapy and surgery, you likely will need to take daily hormone replacement therapy for the rest of your life.
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