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Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism

What causes hyperthyroidism? Some common causes of hyperthyroidism include: Graves’ Disease Functioning adenoma and toxic multinodular goiter (TMNG) Excessive intake of thyroid hormones Abnormal secretion of TSH Thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland) Excessive iodine intake Graves’ disease Graves’ disease, which is caused by a generalized overactivity of the thyroid gland, and is the most […]

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Concerta vs. Vyvanse for ADHD

Concerta vs. Vyvanse for ADHD

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Cancer Risk Rises After Iodine Rx for Overactive Thyroid: Study

Cancer Risk Rises After Iodine Rx for Overactive Thyroid: Study

Latest Thyroid News MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Patients who receive radioactive iodine treatment for an overactive thyroid have an increased long-term risk of cancer death, new research finds. The study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, but “we identified a clear dose-response relationship between this widely used treatment and long-term risk of death from solid […]

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Thyroid Replacement Hormones

Thyroid Replacement Hormones

What are thyroid replacement hormones and how do they work? Thyroid replacement hormones are medications used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition in which the production of thyroid hormone in the body is abnormally low. Thyroid hormones increase cellular metabolism (activity of cells) that is responsible for growth, development of tissues, maintenance of brain function, body […]

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potassium iodide

potassium iodide

What is potassium iodide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Potassium iodide is a iodine-containing liquid that is used to protect the thyroid gland and to loosen secretions in the lungs (expectorant) so that they can be more easily coughed up (expectorated). Procedures that involve the use of radioactive iodine can damage the […]

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Propylthiouracil (PTU)

Propylthiouracil (PTU)

What is propylthiouracil, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Propylthiouracil (PTU) is an oral medication that is used to manage hyperthyroidism which is due to an overactive thyroid gland. It is an anti-thyroid drug that has a mechanism of action that is similar to methimazole (Tapazole). Graves’ disease is the most common cause […]

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Thyroid Problems

Thyroid Problems

What should I know about thyroid disorders? What is the thyroid gland? The thyroid gland makes and stores hormones that help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. Thyroid hormones are essential for the function of every cell in the body. They help regulate […]