How Is Hyperthyroidism Treated?

There is no known cure for Graves’ disease. Three forms of therapy are available for the treatment of hyperthyroidism.

These therapies work by decreasing the amount of thyroid hormone made by the thyroid gland; therefore, an excess amount of hormone does not get into the bloodstream.

The treatments available are:

How-To Information:

When working with a doctor to decide the correct treatment for an individual, consider the following:

  • Is there anything in the personal or family medical history that makes one form of treatment better for that individual?
  • Will affected individuals be able to take their medications on time, every day, and stick closely to the dosing plan for an anti-thyroid drug over a long period of time?
  • Would a permanent treatment choice, such as radioiodine, be better?



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