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Treatments for Hyperthyroidism
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:MedicationsSurgeryOther treatments—radioactive iodine
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- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board James Cornell, MD
- Review Date: 11/2018
- Update Date: 12/20/2014