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Old 09-06-2003, 02:55 PM   #1
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Question Thyroid problems & medications

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I would like to know if some medications (prescription or over-the-counter) could cause thyroid problems. What types of meds cause thyroid problems? Is there any way to prevent these problems?

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Certain drugs are known to put persons at risk of hypothyroidism. These include lithium and the heart med, amiodarone (Cordarone™).

Supplements rich in iodine such as kelp, bladderwrack, or bugleweed put one at risk for hypoT.

OTC medication labels sometimes advise caution against use by people with "thyroid disease". The term "thyroid disease" generally refers in this case only to hyperT, because the med raises the heart rate which can already be too high with this form of thyoid problem. These meds are generally safe for use by those with hypoT, and they do not in and of themselves cause thyroid problems.
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Hi, everybody

Thanks for the information.

Do narcotic painkillers increase the risk of developing hyperT or hypoT? What about Neurontin?

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