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.
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