your symptoms bother you, your doctor may give you pills called
beta-blockers. These can help you feel better while
you and your doctor decide what your treatment should be. Hyperthyroidism can lead
to more serious problems. So even if your symptoms
do not bother you, you still need treatment.
Radioactive iodine and antithyroid
medicine are the treatments doctors use most often. The best treatment for you
will depend on a number of things, including your age. Some people need more
than one kind of treatment.
Radioactive iodine is the most common
treatment. Most people are cured after taking one dose. It destroys part of
your thyroid gland, but it does not harm any other parts of your body.
Antithyroid medicine works best if your symptoms are mild. These
pills do not damage your thyroid gland. But they do not always work, and you
have to take them at the same time every day. If they stop working, you may
need to try radioactive iodine.
After treatment, you will need regular blood tests. These
tests check to see if your hyperthyroidism has come back. They also check to
see if you are making enough thyroid hormone. Sometimes treatment cures
hyperthyroidism but causes the opposite problem—too little thyroid hormone. If
this happens, you may need to take thyroid hormone pills for the rest of your
This information is produced and provided by the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 10, 2013
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