Can I Take a Non-Prescription Thyroid Drug?

Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 03:36 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Question: Is there any over-the-counter medicine I can take for my thyroid disorder?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
I am not sure what thyroid disorder you are trying to treat, but there are no thyroid medications available without prescription.
 
Thyroid conditions and goiters should be monitored by your physician, and self-diagnosis and self-treatment is unwise, and potentially dangerous — especially if thyroid hormone therapy is not medically necessary.
 
For example, there is concern about overly aggressive treatment of borderline "subclinical" hypothyroidism — where no symptoms are present and TSH is raised only slightly — and its association with early onset osteoporosis, heart risks, and other adverse effects.

So it is very important that you be assessed by your doctor and, if treatment is deemed necessary, that it be initiated gradually to reduce the risks.
 
That said, iodine is essential for normal thyroid hormone production, and any deficiency can usually be addressed by including more iodized salt or other sources of iodine in your diet. Many foods are fortified with iodine, so iodine pills are rarely needed. 

© 2014 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like
More
Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved