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Thyroid Nodules - Home Treatment

Most thyroid nodules aren't cancerous. Many thyroid nodules don't need medical treatment. If you have a thyroid nodule that is being watched, schedule regular medical checkups to see whether there are any changes.

If you have had surgery to remove your thyroid gland, it is important to:

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  • Take your medicine at the same time each day and do not miss a dose.
  • Follow your doctor's directions if you miss a dose.
  • Call your doctor if you have symptoms of hyperthyroidism, such as feeling nervous, having a fast heartbeat, sweating more than usual, and losing weight.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if your thyroid medicine can be safely mixed with other prescription or nonprescription medicines you take.

If you have had radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid nodules, call your doctor if:

  • You have neck pain. This may mean your thyroid gland is swollen.
  • You have symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as feeling tired, feeling cold when others do not, and gaining weight.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 14, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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