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Treatment and outcomes will depend on your age, the severity of your symptoms, the cause of the hyperthyroidism, and whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

The treatment and management of hyperthyroidism involves anti-thyroidal medications and possibly radioactive iodine or surgery. The goal is to reduce the activity of the thyroid gland and achieve a normal level of thyroid hormone in your body.

Treatment may involve one of the following:

Medications
Surgery
Other treatments—radioactive iodine

References:

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists website. Available at: http://www.aace.com/ .

American Thyroid Association website. Available at: http://www.thyroid.org/ .

Metso S, Jaatinen P, Huhtala H, et al. Long-term follow-up study of radioiodine treatment for hyperthyroidism. Clin Endocrinol . 2004:61:641-648.

Pearce EN. Diagnosis and management of thyrotoxicosis. Brit Med J . 2006;332:1369-1373.

Thyroid Foundation of Canada website. Available at: http://www.thyroid.ca/ .



Last reviewed December 2013 by Kim Carmichael, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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