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Suggest treatment for hyperthyroid

Hi, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid in 2009 and ever since have been on Neomercazole with varying milligrams from 5 mg once a day to 10 mg three times a day. A scan done in 2010 showed that I have Grave's disease. Now my TSH is showing as 36 and doctors are advising me to go for iodine ablation therapy, Does this therapy work for hyperthyroid and what are the side effects. Please advise.
Tue, 29 Mar 2016
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Hello,
This is a nice questions that we, endocrinologist do hear very often.
There are two ways to definitely treat thyroid Graves' disease, the surgical one and the iodine ablation with radioactive iodine.
You didn't mention if you do have problems with the eyes, that accompany very often Graves' disease. The 2 most often side effects of radioiodine ablation are; worsening of the oftalmopathy and it should not be given in pregnancy.In rare cases it doesn't has effect in destructing thyroid and you will need another dose for ablation. Comparing to intervention it has the advantage that is not an invasive procedure.
Thank you for your question and hope it was useful information for you.
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