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Treatments for Graves Disease

Treatments for Graves Disease:

There is no way to prevent Graves' disease. However, with prompt recognition and treatment, high levels of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) can be returned to normal levels in the body. With regular medical care and monitoring of Graves' disease, many people live active, normal life spans.

Grave's disease may be treated with medications called beta blockers, which can minimize some symptoms, such as rapid heart rate and anxiety. Anti-thyroid medications are prescribed to decrease the overproduction of thyroid hormones. In some cases, medication treatment may cure Graves' disease.

Surgery may also be done to remove the overactive thyroid gland in some cases of Graves' disease. This can cure the disorder. For some patients, treatment with radioactive iodine may be done. In this treatment, liquid radioactive iodine is swallowed, which acts upon the thyroid to control over-activity and overproduction of thyroid hormone.

Treatment List for Graves Disease

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Graves Disease includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Anti-thyroid drug therapy
  • Radioactive iodine (radioiodine) treatment
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Followup checkups to detect subsequent hypothyroidism caused by treatments
  • Iodine
  • Antithyroid medications that block the synthesis of thyroid hormones or treatment with radioactive iodine. Thyroidectomy is no longer the recommended first-line therapy for hyperthyroidGraves disease
  • See an endocrinologist
  • Antithyroid medication
  • Propylthiouracil
  • PTU
  • Methimazole
  • Tapazole
  • Iodide
  • Lugol solution
  • Beta blockers
  • Propanolol
  • Inderal
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Treatment of Graves disease includes both symptomatic and longer term management. Treatments include:
    • Beta-blockers - used short term to control symptoms while other treatment modalities are put in place
    • Antithyroid drugs - carbimazole, propylthiouracil
    • Iodine - used short term in Graves disease to prepare for surgery after control with antithyroid drugs
    • Radioactive iodine - patient may need thyroxine replacement therapy after treatment
    • Surgery - Usually sub-total. Used when medical treatment has failed or is contraindicated, or there is a large goitre. Thyroxine replacement therapy is needed after surgery if a total thyroidectomy is performed
    • Management of Graves's ophthalmopathy - steroids, radiation, surgery

Graves Disease: Is the Diagnosis Correct?

The first step in getting correct treatment is to get a correct diagnosis. Differential diagnosis list for Graves Disease may include:

Hidden causes of Graves Disease may be incorrectly diagnosed:

  • Graves's disease is autoimmune in etiology. The autoimmune process in Graves disease isinfluenced by a combination of environmental and genetic factors
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Drugs and Medications used to treat Graves Disease:

Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment or change in treatment plans.

Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Graves Disease include:

  • Levothyroxine
  • Alti-Thyroxine
  • Armour Thyroid
  • Eltroxin
  • Euthroid
  • Euthyrox
  • Levo-T
  • Levotabs
  • Levothroid
  • Levoxine
  • Levoxyl
  • L-Thyroxine
  • Proloid
  • Synthroid
  • Synthrox
  • Syroxine
  • Thyroid USP
  • Thyrolar

Unlabeled Drugs and Medications to treat Graves Disease:

Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Graves Disease include:

  • Propranolol
  • Apo-Propranolol
  • Betachron
  • Detensol
  • Inderal
  • Inderal-LA
  • Inderide
  • Inderide LA
  • Ipran
  • Novo-Pranol
  • PMS Propranolol

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Discussion of treatments for Graves Disease:

There are many treatments for Graves' Disease.
  • Medications: There are some prescription medications that can lower the amount of thyroid hormones produced by the body, regulating them to normal levels.

  • Surgery: Part or all of the thyroid gland will be removed. In most cases, people who have surgery for Graves' Disease will develop an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism), and will have to take thyroid replacement hormones for the rest of their lives.

  • Radioactive iodine: The iodine damages thyroid cells to shrink the thyroid gland, to reduce hormone levels. Like surgery, this condition usually leads to hypothyroidism, requiring medication for the rest of the patient's life.

After a diagnosis is made and a treatment is selected, you should return to your health care provider annually to make sure that your thyroid levels are normal and do not need to be adjusted. (Source: excerpt from Graves' Disease: NWHIC)

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