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Old 12-28-2009, 07:07 AM   #1
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Antibiotics for thyroid?

My mother has a slightly swollen thyroid and high TSH levels. Her doctor prescribed some antibiotics to reduce the size of the thyroid. To be honest, I'm a bit suspicious. Does anyone know if it's okay to take antibiotics for a swollen thyroid?

 
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Re: Antibiotics for thyroid?

I guess it's "ok" in that it won't hurt, but it isn't likely to help anything. Even if the swelling is due to temporary thyroiditis, that's a viral infection for which antibiotics do nothing. If it's the permanent kind of thyroiditis (due to Hashimoto's disease), an a.b. won't help, either.
It's not the usual protocol for thyroid disorders, period.

 
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:02 AM   #3
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Re: Antibiotics for thyroid?

Hi, thanks for your reply. The doctor said she had something like a thyroid edema, but I just don't trust this doctor.
The drug that was prescribed is called Celifon. I can't find anything about it on the internet, though it was available in the pharmacy. A friend said it has a very strong antibiotic effect.

 
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Re: Antibiotics for thyroid?

I was able to find that the chemical name of that drug is salbutamol. It's an asthma drug, and it has no place in thyroid treatment that I've ever heard of.

"Edema" just means "swelling", usually due to fluid retention. I would take my mother to a different doctor. I don't think that one knows what he/she is doing.

 
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Re: Antibiotics for thyroid?

I think you're right. I doubted that from the very beginning because the instructions for Cefilon do not say anything about thyroid, so I suspected that the doctor probably made a mistake.

 
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Re: Antibiotics for thyroid?

By the way, I was able to clarify the name of the drug. Its correct name is Cefilan. It's also known as Ceftriaxone Cefilan. Sorry for the confusion.

I finally found it on the web. It is used for treating various infections, not for a swollen thyroid.

 
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