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Old 09-10-2008, 07:45 AM   #1
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Alternative medicine

Is there something else we can take besides PTU or Tapazole? Is Alternative medicine safe?

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Old 10-23-2008, 08:44 AM   #2
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Re: Alternative medicine

No. If you are suppressing your thyroid function due to a hot nodule or Graves you need a PTU. You can reduce hyperT issues by lowering iodine intake. Steriods surpress T4 to T3 conversion.. but do you want to take steriods if you do not have too. Unfortunately the options for hyperthyroidism are few. You can treat it with a PTU and manage your symptoms, you can have a TT and remove the source of your ills and then treat the resulting hypothyroidism, or you can have an RAI (prechildbearing I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS ONE) obliterate your thyroid and risk the radiation side effects and a possible need for another RAI in the future and still have to treat the resulting hypothyroidism. My family has had bad RAI experiences. We prefer the TT to an RAI anyday.

You are on Tapazoole corect? This does react with certain Drugs and Foods according to the FDA:
Your doctor may want to change the dose, or take precautions if you are taking any of the following:
1) Amiodarone or
2) Iodinated glycerol or
3) Potassium iodide (e.g., Pima)—The use of these medicines may change the effect of antithyroid agents
If you look at the top three there is a theme. IODINE content. Look at your vitamins and supplements. If your multivite and supplements have iodine in them, set them aside or give them to a friend and find some that DO NOT have iodine in them.

4) Anticoagulants (blood thinners)—The use of antithyroid agents may affect the way anticoagulants work in your body
5) Beta-adrenergic blocking agents (e.g., Inderal, Metoprolol, Sotalol)—The use of antithyroid agents may change the amount of beta-blockers you need to take.
6) Digitalis glycosides—The use of antithyroid agents may affect the amount of digitalis glycosides in the bloodstream

Liver disease—The body may not get this medicine out of the bloodstream at the usual rate, which may increase the chance of side effects

Now what are the side effects you need to look out for?

Symptoms of overdose: (Hypothyroidism is the result.. not leathal more lethargic and annoying)
Changes in menstrual periods; coldness; constipation; dry, puffy skin; headache; listlessness or sleepiness; muscle aches; swelling in the front of the neck; unusual tiredness or weakness; weight gain (unusual)

Most common: Anaphylaxis allergic response (Fever (mild and temporary); skin rash or itching)

Less common: Cough; fever or chills (continuing or severe); general feeling of discomfort, illness or weakness; hoarseness; mouth sores; pain, swelling, or redness in joints; throat infection. It can take 6-8 weeks for symptoms to subside if they are going too. You may have to swap to a different PTU if the symptoms do not go away.

Backache; black, tarry stools(iron malabsorption usually); blood in urine or stools; shortness of breath; increase in bleeding or bruising; increase or decrease in urination; numbness or tingling of fingers, toes, or face(sign of a chemical imbalance- need to check your basic metabolites FREQUENTLY); pinpoint red spots on skin; swelling of feet or lower legs; swollen lymph nodes; swollen salivary glands

Rare: Jaundice(Yellow eyes or skin)

So other than a lower right side back ache.. do you have any others of the FDA documented side effects? Has your MD been following your electrolytes and making sure you are not imbalanced? How is he following your thyroid levels? You may have an adrenal issue or something else aggravating the situation. You must get copies of your labs and double check you MDs. Do not trust them blindly.

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Old 10-23-2008, 09:21 AM   #3
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Re: Alternative medicine

There is no way to know for sure unless you see a doctor that specializes in alternative medicine.

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