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.
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Can I Take a Non-Prescription Thyroid Drug?

By    |   Thursday, 10 October 2013 03:36 PM

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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