Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: Thyroid Disorders | thyroid | iodine | methimazole

What Should I Take for Hyperactive Thyroid?

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Question: After three and a half years with a hyperactive thyroid is there any point to continue taking Methimazole or would it be better to switch to something else, like radioactive iodine?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Methimazole is usually taken for one to three years to try to induce remission for hyperactive thyroid. As with all medications, side effects do occur, and most of us would favor radioactive iodine once it is clear that remission is not evident because it is simple, effective and inexpensive.  
 
I do not usually favor Methimazole use for more than 3 years. Relapse in treated hyperthyroidism after years of Methimazole is usually best managed with radioactive iodine or surgery.

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