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Hyperthyroidism / Graves' Disease / Overactive Thyroid Condition

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that can cause overactivity of the thyroid -- a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism can also result from toxic nodules, certain medications and supplements, and temporary viral infections of the thyroid, among other causes. Here is a listing of the many resources available here at the site that focus on Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism, as well as related issues including thyroid storm, Graves ophthalmopathy, radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment, stress, cigarette smoking, antithyroid drugs like PTU and methimazole, thyroidectomy, and thyroid arterial embolization.
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Antithyroid Drugs Available Outside the United States
Antithyroid Drugs Available Outside the United States: Methimazole, Carbimazole and Propylthiouracil / PTU

Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum
A look at the 2011 Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Thyroid Disease Symptoms -- Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
A look at thyroid disease symptoms, including symptoms of hypothyroidism -- an underactive or slow thyroid -- and hyperthyroidism -- an overactive thyroid -- as well as Hashimoto's, Graves' disease, thyroid cancer, nodules, goiter, and more.

Propylthiouracil / PTU
About the antithyroid drug propylthiouracil - PTU - which is used to treat Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid gland.

Methimazole / Tapazole
Methimazole / Tapazole - Antithyroid Drugs Used to Treat Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism

Treatment of Congenital Hypothyroidism in Infants and Children
Congenital hypothyroidism refers to hypothyroidism -- a deficiency or lack of thyroid hormone -- at birth. It is especially important that hypothyroidism in newborns and infants be quickly and properly treated. This article look at the treatment for congenital hypothyroidism in infants and children.

Postpartum Thyroiditis
A look at postpartum thyroiditis -- thyroid disease after pregnancy -- based on the Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum.

Graves’ Disease and Pregnancy
A look at the diagnosis and treatment of Graves' disease in pregnancy, based on the 2011 Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum.

Postpartum Thyrotoxicosis / Hyperthyroidism
A look at postpartum thyrotoxicosis and hyperthyroidism - an overactive thyroid after pregnancy - based on the 2011 Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum.

Thyrotoxicosis / Hyperthyroidism in Pregnancy
A look at thyrotoxicosis and hyperthyroidism - an overactive thyroid - during pregnancy, and how it is diagnosed and treated, based on the 2011 Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum.

When Your Thyroid Levels Are Fluctuating
One of the more common questions of patients taking thyroid hormone replacement and antithyroid medications is why, every time they have blood tests done, their thyroid levels are fluctuating, often dramatically. Most often, the changes are seen in thyroid stimulating hormone TSH, T4 thyroxine, and T3 triiodothyronine. What could account for...

Antithyroid Drugs to Treat Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism
A look at antithyroid drugs used to treat Graves' Disease and hyperthyroidism, including propylthiouracil / PTU, methimazole / Tapazole, and carbimazole / Neomercazole.

Could You Be Overmedicated?
Thyroid hormone replacements drugs generally have few side effects, and for those who are hypothyroid due to disease, surgery or radioactive iodine, there are generally few risks to taking thyroid hormone replacement drugs -- levothyroxine drugs like Synthroid or Levoxyl, or natural desiccated thyroid drugs like Armour and Nature-throid. The...

Hyperthyroidism in Pregnancy and Neonatal Hyperthyroidism
This article looks at the signs, symptoms, and treatments for fetal and neonatal hyperthyroidism -- hyperthyroidism in an unborn or newborn baby. The condition, also known as fetal or neonatal thyrotoxicosis, is rare, but can be serious if untreated. Women who have a history of Graves' disease, or who have active Graves' disease during pregnancy, are at risk of having a baby born with hyperthyroidism.

Ablation - Thyroid Disease Glossary Definition
Ablation - Thyroid Disease Glossary Definition -- Ablation usually means removal, typically surgical removal. When the thyroid is surgically removed, that's called surgical ablation for the thyroid. When radioactive iodine is used as a treatment for an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), with the purpose of reversing the overactivity, this is referred to as radioactive ablation.

Treatment of Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism
Treating Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism -- an overactive thyroid -- typically involves three different approaches: drug treatment with antithyroid drugs, ablation of the thyroid gland with Radioactive Iodine (known as RAI) and surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid. This article reviews those three key approaches to hyperthyroidism.

Risks and Symptoms of Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism
A look at the various risk factors, triggers, causes, signs and symptoms of Graves' disease, hyperthyroidism, and an overactive thyroid condition.

What Is Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism?
A look at Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism, including the causes, risks, symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatments -- including antithyroid drugs, radioactive iodine and surgery, and coping strategies for active hyperthyroidism and post-treatment hypothyroidism.

Coping with Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism
Coping with Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism requires information, support, stress reduction, and lifestyle changes. Since many patients treated for Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism end up with hypothyroidism, dealing with an underactive thyroid for life, and resulting symptoms like weight gain, are also parts of coping and living well.

Diagnosis of Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism
Diagnosing Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism typically requires clinical examination, various blood tests and imaging tests. This article looks at the various blood and imaging tests, clinical signs, and other factors that point to a diagnosis of Graves' disease and/or hyperthyroidism.

All About Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism
A look at Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism, including the causes, risks, symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatments -- including antithyroid drugs, radioactive iodine and surgery, and support and coping strategies for active hyperthyroidism and post-treatment hypothyroidism.

Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism 101
Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that can cause overactivity of the thyroid -- a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Here is a listing of the many resources available here at the site that focus on Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism, as well as related issues including thyroid storm, Graves ophthalmopathy, radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment, stress, cigarette smoking, antithyroid drugs like PTU and methimazole, thyroidectomy, and thyroid arterial embolization.

What causes hyperthyroidism?
FAQ frequently asked questions autoimmune thyroid condition Graves' disease overactive thyroid hyperthyroidism tests diagnosis drugs treatment medications

Cigarette Smoking Linked to Overactive Thyroid / Hyperthyroidism
According to research, women who smoke cigarettes have twice the risk of developing hyperthyroidism due to Graves' disease than non-smokers.

What is hyperthyroidism?
Frequently asked questions about the autoimmune thyroid condition Graves' disease and an overactive thyroid, known as hyperthyroidism. Information, including tests, diagnosis, treatment, medications, and other issues are discussed. This FAQ on Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism was developed by patient advocate Mary Shomon, bestselling author of Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism.

Kelly Osbourne Reveals Thyroid Problem is Cause of Rapid Weight Loss
Kelly Osbourne, 22, pop star and daughter of legendary Black Sabbath metal rocker/ditzy reality tv dad Ozzy Osbourne, has revealed that her weight loss of almost 30 pounds due to an untreated thyroid condition.

What You Need to Know About Thyroid Storm
Some people with Graves' disease or hyperthyroidism -- an overactive thyroid that is producing too much thyroid hormone -- develop a potentially life-threatening condition known as thyroid storm. Find out about the risks, symptoms and treatments for this rare, but dangerous condition, from patient advocate and author Mary Shomon.

Common Questions on Hyperthyroidism
Three-part, indepth in-depth Frequently Asked Questions / FAQ on hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease.

Graves' Disease /Hyperthyroidism Checklist
A checklist of risk factors and symptoms to use in getting or finetuning your hyperthyroidism.

How to Tell If You Are Hyperthyroid
Step-by-step guidelines on how to tell if you are hyperthyroid.

Panic Attacks and Palpitations: Signs of Hyperthyroidism?
A look at the symptoms of panic attack, and whether they are due to hyperthyroidism, heart problems, or panic disorder.

Alternative Treatments for Hyperthyroidism
John Johnson's site focuses on nutritional solutions to hyperthyroidism, and how to avoid RAI and anti-thyroid drugs when possible.

Is Thyroid Medication Going to Give You Osteoporosis? Experts Evaluate the Risks
The effects of thyroid hormone on bone density and strength, as well as risk of osteoporosis, are still being debated, even after many studies have been conducted attempting to answer addressing this question. Since levothyroxine (i.e., Synthroid, Unithroid, Levoxyl, etc.) is most often prescribed for hypothyroidism, the effect of levothyroxine on the bones is an important issue.

Diagnosis of Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism
Diagnosing Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism typically requires clinical examination, various blood tests and imaging tests. This article looks at the various blood and imaging tests, clinical signs, and other factors that point to a diagnosis of Graves' disease and/or hyperthyroidism.

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