Overactive Thyroid

DUROMINE, Panbesy, Reductil .. Doctor prescription only in Singapore .. Immediate weight loss with Side effect Duromine is used to reduce body weight in obese or overweight patients. Your doctor will determine if you are overweight enough to use Duromine. Duromine works by directly affecting the area of the brain that controls your appetite making you feel less hungry. Normally in Singapore, Doctor will first check your BMI before prescribing it you. If you are those that is not fat but just want to be model thin, most doctor will be reluctant. Duromine should be used as a part of an overall weight management plan which should include a medically controlled diet and exercise program.

When you must not use Duromine

It is important to discuss with the doctor honestly about your medical condition. If you have any of the following medical conditions:

* very high blood pressure;
* high blood pressure in the lung;
* problems with the valves in your heart
* disease related to blood vessels in the brain; * severe heart disease including changes in the rhythm or rate of the heart beat;
* narrowing of the blood vessels due to thickening or hardening of the blood vessel wall;
* overactive thyroid gland;

Side Effects

All medicines can have side effects and this may occur with the normal use of Duromine.

Side Effects include sudden or rapid weight loss, difficulty breathing, chest pain, fainting, swelling of the lower limbs and if you can not exercise as much as you usually can.

Duromine may make you feel more awake than usual. You may have trouble sleeping.

Duromine can have some effects on the heart. You may notice your heart seems to beat faster and harder, and your blood pressure may be raised slightly.

Other side effects you may notice include irregular heart beats, chest pain, feeling restless, feelings of extreme happiness followed by depression and tiredness, nervousness, tremor (shaking), headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation, stomach cramps, dry mouth or an unpleasant taste in your mouth, difficulty passing urine, skin rashes, impotence and changes in sexual drive, swelling of the face.

So before taking Duromine, do consider all these side-effect.

In Singapore, MOH now regulates the sale of phentermine (i.e. duromine, panbesy, reductil ionsmin, etc). GPs can only prescribe these to people who are severly overweight, i.e. BMI > 25. Check out deluxemall for more discussion and where to buy Duromine, Panbesy in Singapore - www.deluxemall.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Overactive thyroid?
    I have an appointment today with an Endocrinologist. Blood tests have already shown that my thyroid is overactive. What do you think the doctor will do? I have a friend who had an overactive thyroid and she had this treatment that made her swell up. Do you think they'll put me on medication? Is there a chance that they might just leave me be?

    • ANSWER:
      Overactive thyroid (thyrotoxicosis) is 8 times more common in women, so the chances are you are female. Good afternoon, Madam! The usual treatment depends on the severity and the cause.

      1. A drug such as carbimazole (I have not heard of it leading to weight gain OR water retention).

      2. An implant of a radioactive iodine pellet in the thyroid gland to destroy part of it.

      3. An operation to remove a part of the thyroid gland (partial thyroidectomy). This involves a small risk of the parathyroids (present within the thyroid) being removed inadvertently, which would result in hypocalcaemia (low blood Ca+ levels), although unlikely.

      TAKE THE ADVICE OF THE ENDOCRINOLOGIST (these are highly trained doctors, who are specialists in their field, and no amount of internet research can bring you close to them).

      Hope this helps. For more info, please IM.

  2. QUESTION:
    overactive thyroid ? ???????
    If you have a fast motablism does that mean you could have an overactive thyroid ? what are the symptoms ?

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  3. QUESTION:
    What treatments work best for an overactive thyroid - hyperthyroidism?
    My son is 12 and dealing with an overactive thyroid with severe weight loss. He may also be showing small signs of Graves Disease with leg rash/itching. I am meeting with the doctor next week, but I wanted to have some info on treatments before we go. (serious answers only, please!)
    What about Beta Blockers?

    What kinds of food should he eat?

    • ANSWER:
      If he does have it, it would be strange. It usually affects people much older than him. But it's good that you're catching it now, if he does have it. They have different treatments available. I had Grave's in the early 80's and opted to have the gland removed. Now I suffer from hypothyroidism. Which I think is worse in many ways. Regardless of the treatment, you'll have to make sure he is monitored for the hypo after wards. Former President Bush & Barbara Bush had Grave's and they both had the radiation treatment. Both seem to be fine. I wish you luck....

      PS Yeah.... one person mentioned Prozac.... And depression is a big part of having hypothyroidism. Make sure he is well disciplned and has a strong work ethic... those two things will help him down the road.

  4. QUESTION:
    Once I start taking meds for an overactive thyroid will I gain weight?
    I recently found out I have an overactive thyroid. I started restricting/dieting about a year ago and have lost 15 lbs. My doctor thinks that I lost most of my weight due to my overactive thyroid... if I start taking meds will I gain the weight back?

    • ANSWER:
      The meds they will put you on will have steroids in them. Depending on how overactive your thyroid is, the dosage amount your endocrinologist give you will make you gain weight because it slows down the hyperactivity of the thyroid.

      Now, being that you and I have the same problem(hyperthyroidism), I know personally about what you ask. You do lose weight rather quickly when you have a thyroid that's hyper, as opposed to hypothyroidism, which makes you gain weight. If you're still dieting/exercising while on the medication, you shouldn't worry about how much weight you may pick up. If you think about it, that weight would be your REAL weight had you not had hyperthyroidism.

      One thing you don't want to do is stop taking your meds. I don't care how sensitive about weight gain you are, ignoring your meds will only make your thyroid WORSE over time and you may not have a choice but to have it surgically removed. Or they may put you on Radioactive Iodine medication, which will hinder you from being around close proximity with others BECAUSE of the radiation poring out of your system. Sounds bad, right?

      Radiation is as close as a word as can get to sounding like some cancer treatment, which you'll never want.

      Do us both a favor and DO what the doctor tells you to do. I'd rather look really good with an extra 10 pounds than to be lain up in some hospital undergoing to radiation therapy because I didn't do as I was told.

      Weight gain? Yes, because of the steroids in the meds. That is just fine. You won't be turning into Arnold Scharwzenegger any time soon.

  5. QUESTION:
    Will I get my hair back after starting treatments for an overactive thyroid?
    I am female and have excessive hair loss in the past few months. I was just diagnosed with an overactive thyroid. My question is, after I start treatments will I start getting back some of the hair that I've lost. Is there also any way I can regulate this without taking meds?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no other way to regulate this. It will probably lead to having your tyroid removed. After treatment you should get your hair back. It just a temp. condition. good luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    What Foods or Drinks to avoid with an overactive Thyroid?
    I suffer from an overactive Thyroid, but dont have received no Treatment jet. Are there any Foods or Drinks that should be avoided, and if so which ones? Sometimes I feel that my Thyroid acts up badly because of what I ate or drank could that be? What can I do for myself until a Doctor treats my Thyroid because the Symptoms are Very uncomfortable. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are no foods or drinks that should be avoided. Foods and drinks don't make the symptoms of overactive thyroid any worse. An overactive thyroid can be corrected in 3 different ways. Medication, ablation or surgery. My sister had an overactive thyroid and hers was treated with ablation, which is using radioactive iodine to destroy the thyroid gland. Then you have to take thyroid replacement the rest of your life, but it's less dangerous than surgery and if you can't tolerate medication to reduce the overactive thyroid then there is no other option. good luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    What should I eat if I have an overactive thyroid?
    Í don't know if I have it or not, but I've been eating normally but I'm losing weight and I feel tired all the time..it could be stress too. I don't know. But I kinda feel better when I eat salty foods?

    So, if it turned out I have an overactive thyroid, what should I eat to help gain weight and feel better?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't play with your thyroid! How old are you? If you're a teenager, just be yourself and let the time, friends, even parents work for you. It helps also seeing a doctor, but first of all chemical treatments, do the tests for thyroid: T3, T4 and TSH. If all are greater then normal, especially TSH, then consider a cure, and NOT in other cases!! Eat normally, don't become a bulimic, learn to be patient, do some self-control techniques, in almost all cases it's enough. And see the bright side of life! Good luck an health!

  8. QUESTION:
    is it possible to get pregnant with an overactive thyroid?
    has anyone ever got pregnant while having an overactive thyroid... a few years ago a dr said i had a overactive thyroid is it possibe to go away or is only medication meke that possible?

    • ANSWER:
      I have underactive thyroid like the previous person and am currently pregnant, but due to the many complications that having an overactive or underactive thyroid causes, it is best to have that body system regulated before attempting to conceive. It does impact your fertility along with many other systems. In fact, many women cannot get pregnant until that organ is regulated.

      Having an overactive thyroid can be dangerous to other parts of your system such as your heart and liver, so I would hope that if you have been diagnosed with such a condition that you have been monitored and treated by a doctor.

  9. QUESTION:
    Anyone had any experience of a cat with an overactive thyroid gland?
    One of our cats has been losing weight steadily, and so took her to vet on Friday. Blood test results show an overactive thyroid. First line of treatment is tablets.

    Anyone know how effective these are, how long she will need to stay on them (am presuming life) and is there other treatment available?

    Spoke to vet on Monday when he phoned with results, but haven't seen him yet to really discuss options - so wondered if anyone else could shed some light on this for me.

    • ANSWER:
      My cat is borderline on this, and on vet's advice, we are just keeping an eye on it at the moment.
      I was told if he gets worse, the options are tablets, or thyroid gland removal plus tablets. It is a lifetime treatment. I volunteer for Cats' Protection, and in the last few months we have had this happen to two. One was done only a few days ago, but sadly the first one was too far gone before she came to us, and had to be euthanized. She was such a little darling, too, but was just a skin covered skeleton. Treatment came too late, owner didn't deal with in time. It wasn't fair to keep her struggling.
      It sounds as though you are a caring owner, so your furball is in good hands. But vet is the expert, be guided by his advice.
      BTW. Had a human friend with this, she had the radiation treatment, and thyroid now underactive. Have never come across a cat which has had that treatment.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can i donate blood if i have an overactive thyroid?
    There will be a blood drive at my school, and I really want to donate blood, but the think is that I have an overactive thyroid and is currently on medication. Is it possible that I will be able to donate blood because if not, then I won't sign up to donate.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it hard to lose weight even after maintaining overactive thyroid?
    I was diagnosed with Overactive Thyroid over a year ago and I've been taking medication (Methimazole 5MG) to maintain the thyroid levels. My last blood test (6 months ago) shows that the medication is maintaining my thyroid and the doctor says to continue the medication (which I've been doing). I've been trying to work out and stuff and it seems that its not working. Could it be my thyroid (even though its maintained)?

    • ANSWER:
      my friend is in the same boat as you.she was always a big girl and weighed 18st then due to the overactive thyroid she went down to 13st after constant nagging from me she went to the doctors and after blood tests she was told she had an overactive thyroid.they used iodine to get rid of the thyroid and the weight has really gone on and she now weighs just over 20st! she was horrified but her doctor put her on xenicol tablets and after a month she has lost 7lbs so its going the right way.she had to stay on her thyroid medication for 2 years before her doctor would help her though.so in answer to your question yes it is very hard to maintain your weight after this problem.good luck and i hope you find a way of maintaining.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can having an overactive thyroid interfere with ttc?
    Plain and simple! I have an overactive thyroid which makes me lose weight, could this interfere with getting pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      The following would suggest no provided you receive medication prior to TTc, hope some of it helps, very best of luck.

      Planning for Pregnancy When You Have a Thyroid Disorder

      If your thyroid is underactive, your doctor will prescribe some form of a synthetic version of the T4 hormone. Your body will respond to it the same way it would to the real thing. While establishing the correct dose can be quite easy in some individuals, others will fluctuate up and down before stabilizing. Once you go get pregnant, your doctor should do blood tests every month or two, then at least yearly once you’re stabilized.

      With hyperthyroidism, or overactivity, some treatments are designed to slow down the thyroid’s secretion of hormones. This can be done with anti-thyroid drugs, or with radioactive iodine that essentially kills part of the gland to slow down its hormone production. Radioactive iodine cannot be used in women who are already pregnant, however, and Dr. Dominguez stresses there should be a six-month waiting period after treatment before attempting to conceive.

      Normal laboratory TSH ranges are generally considered to be .3 to 5.5. For women who are already managing a thyroid disorder, experts generally agree that preconception planning is a must, and that medication should be adjusted until TSH levels are between 1 and 2 before a woman gets pregnant. During pregnancy, an endocrinologist or an obstetrician that’s familiar with thyroid issues should monitor blood levels closely.

      Among the various threats to fertility, thyroid disorders are arguably the easiest to identify and treat. With a little extra attention on the part of your doctor, women with thyroid disorders—whether too slow or too fast—are very likely to have problem-free conceptions, normal pregnancies, and healthy babies.

  13. QUESTION:
    I have a slightly overactive thyroid, should i be worried?
    I am a 16 yr old male, and recently i went to the endocrinologist and I got a blood test. I just got called and my thyroid is a tad overactive, its a 5.3 on the TSH level, normal is.5-5.0. He said he wants me to get more blood work done in 6 months just to see if i will change, what TSH level is considered to be "dangerous"?

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  14. QUESTION:
    does an overactive thyroid have anything to do with our immune system?
    lf lt does how do you build up your immune system? because l have an overactive thyroid. and is lt safe to get flu shots?

    • ANSWER:
      An overactive thyroid (in most cases) is caused by an autoimmune disorder. This means that the body is attacking itself because the immune system is overactive in a pathological way.

      Meds are given to suppress the immune system so the body stops attacking the thyroid. This also leaves the person more susceptible to things our immune system protects us from.

      Functional medicine practitioners look to find the cause of the autoimmune disorder. Here is a link to an article that talks about how this can happen and how to address it.

  15. QUESTION:
    Does having an overactive thyroid cause weight loss?
    Does having an overactive thyroid cause one to lose weight, a lot of weight so that bones are starting to show and dry skin? What are other symptoms of an overactive thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      It can cause someone to lose weight, but overactive thyroids can also cause one to gain weight due to increased appetite. Dry skin is usually a symptom of under active thyroid, here's a list of other symptoms: http://www.endocrineweb.com/hyper1.html

  16. QUESTION:
    Can a normal person get an overactive thyroid to lose weight?
    ? can i regular person with overactive thyroid get one somehow to lose weight and if so how and if not why not?
    i dont need to lose weight i was just curisous

    • ANSWER:
      You can nudge it, check out
      http://www.ithyroid.com/overweight.htm

  17. QUESTION:
    What constitutes an overactive thyroid?
    I am suffering from hair loss and am only 18. I think it may have to do with my thyroid and am going to go to an endochronologist to determine it, but before I went I wanted to know how to determine an overactive thyroid. If it is that, can it be treated. Does the hair that fell out and thinned grow back to its previous state and become full again. Is there anyone else in a similar situation that knows of any details that can help me?
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Hyper thyroid is often called Graves disease, where your immune system accidentally creates an antibody against the receptor for Thyroid stimulating hormone. This forces the thyroid to release more thyroid hormone than it should. It causes symptoms of heat intolerance, eyes bugging out (exophthalmos), weight loss, etc. As has been said, the only way to cure Graves disease is to destroy the thyroid by drinking a mildly radioactive iodine drink. The thyroid is the only part of the body that uses iodine, so it will not lodge anywhere else in your body. Unfortunately by destroying your thyroid you also must then take thyroid hormone pills for the rest of your life, but they are quite cheap.

  18. QUESTION:
    Painfull knees a symptom of overactive thyroid?
    Weak upper arms and legs are symptoms of an overactive thyroid I believe.

    What form does the weakness in the upper legs take? Does it cause pain in the knees when rising from a seated position? (There is also discomfort and weakness in the upper legs if the legs are lifted from the hip when seated, say.)

    Thanks for any assistance.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Grave's-Basedow Disease, which is a type of hyperthyroidism and I have never had pain in my knees. I have exceptionally weak limbs like yourself though due to wasting before I was diagnosed. I would say that it is due to something else. The only thing you get from a thyroid disorder on your knees are these red spots that are small and don't hurt and hardly and sufferers get them either.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can I be effected by an overactive thyroid?
    What are my chances of inheriting the same condition as my mom? When she was in her late 20's maybe early 30's she lost so much weight she weighed less than 80 pounds. My older brother had an overactive thyroid when he was a child (Taken care of now) and Im about to be 18. Just curious because I want to catch it before it happens. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      I think u have a great possibilities of inherting overeactive thyroid I am not sure that when ur thyroid stop funtioning normally but there are some possibilities that u r different from.ur mother in genes I meab u may got ur fathers charecteristics so u cannot say anything until u have a full m.r.i

  20. QUESTION:
    Did anyone else have an overactive thyroid during pregnancy?
    I have had a lot of problems with this pregnancy so far, and im only 12 weeks. I was in the hospital yesterday to be hydrated and got blood work done. My doctor called and said i need to see a throid specialist because i have an overactive thyroid. Anyone else have this? what did you have to go through, and did it affect your baby? thanks!

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  21. QUESTION:
    Why did my doctor prescribe levothyroxine for an overactive thyroid?
    I had blood tests done and the doctor found that my thyroid level are double what they should be. he prescribed me levothyroxine. I know nothing about thyroid disorderes so i started taking it. one day i begane researching what i'm taking and it turns out levothyroxine is used to treat and UNDER active thyroid. not overactive. in essence levothyroxine is a replacement hormone. why did my doctor prescribe me more of the hormone i'm making too much of already?

    • ANSWER:
      What were your blood levels? Levothyroxine is prescribed for under active or hypothyroid patients with a TSH > 4.00. If you have overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism (<.40) sometimes they will prescribe antithyroid drugs, to block some of your thyroid hormone. Remember, the lab values for thyroid are opposite the norm.

      A high number means under active and a low number means overactive.

  22. QUESTION:
    Lump on neck after traveling in a car for a long time? Overactive thyroid in family.?
    The first time this happened was after a 6 hour car ride. Now that I've done some longer road trips, I've gotten the same lump during or after the trip.

    It is on the right side of my neck, just a hair back from the center (of the side of the neck). What is this??

    I do have a history of overactive thyroid in my family, I don't know if this is related.

    • ANSWER:
      I think the thyroid is in the center of the neck, but if it's just to the side of the center, it could still be your thyroid. I'd have it checked out by a doctor since it is in your family history. There are also lymph nodes in your neck too, it could be your body getting overly tired. But have it checked--it's so hard to know what it could be.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is dizziness a symptom for overactive thyroid?
    I feel a slight dizziness. My doctor told me I had to analyze my blood. The results showed that I had overactive thyroid.... Is my dizziness because of the overactive thyroid problem???

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sisi. I've been both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid, and it has caused me to have dizzy spells. I don't get them very often ( thank god ), but i have had them on and off since being diagnosed. If you never had them before, and you just started having them now, i think it's safe to assume it's because of your thyroid problem. If you take medication, and get your thyroid levels back to normal, the dizziness should subside. Take care :-)

  24. QUESTION:
    Is surgery inevitable with an overactive thyroid?
    I have a hyperactive (also known as overactive) thyroid and I am petrified that it will HAVE to be removed. Is surgery inevtiable for all sufferers? Or do patients have a choice? Like taking a course of tablets first.
    Dr Frank again! Thanks a bunch for your sound and solid advice. I think you will have both best answers when it comes to voting time!! Take care

    • ANSWER:
      Surgery is now rarely used to treat hyperthyroidism, except possibly when there is a single hot hormone secreting nodule. There are 2 other possible managements. Use of the anti-thyroid drug carbimazole, and more permanently radioactive iodine, which basically destroys most of the thyroid gland. This is a good management since it treats the condition once and for all. Most treated patients do however end up under-active, but this is easily managed with a daily thyroid supplement.

      (heleneaustin's answer is a problem since giving levothyroxine to a patient who is already thyrotoxic would be potentially fatal!)

  25. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like an overactive thyroid?
    My friend has had a blood test which says her blood cells are too big and may suggest a thyroid problem. She has suffered from anxiety and hyperactivity for some years,gets tearful and moody, has feeling of head swimming/buzzing, gets sweaty and has trouble relaxing. She feels her heart thumping at night and has insomnia and feeling of not being able to breathe. This has been diagnosed as anxiety disorder for years. Does this sound like an overactive thyroid? Any information on symptoms and treatment much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      It certainly is possible. My father had VERY similar symptoms, and he was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid. He had to get a procedure done that involved an incision in his neck... but I'm afraid that I don't remember what it was. It was four years ago...

      She should definitely get it looked at by a doctor.

  26. QUESTION:
    Has any-one had an radioactive iodine for a overactive thyroid if so what happens when you go to the hospital?
    l have had a overactive thyroid for 6 years (where you lose weight,underactive you gain weight) l have a appointment to have an iodine drink but do not know what to expect or how long it takes, no luck from my doctors. So if any-one can help with some info would be grateful.

    • ANSWER:
      I had radioactive treatment almost 3 years ago - when you arrive at the hospital you sign a form that you are not pregnant, or planning to get pregnant in next 6 months, and that you will not go into public places like cinemas etc in following weeks after treatment. You then get taken into a laboratory looking room where you put on a big theatre paper coat thing to cover your clothes incase of any spillage. The technician then gets a special sealed cup thing from enclosed area and holds it for you to drink from a straw. Its only a small amount and doesnt really taste of anything!! Once it is finished he asks you to remove the overcoat and leave asap as he doesnt want exposed to radiation from you apparently!! Its all very simple and painless, its just boring for the weeks afterwards as i wasnt allowed to work (as couldnt guarantee not in contact with pregnant females or kids) and couldnt go to shopping centres or cinema etc. I just sat around house reading and watching tv/playing on computer!!

      Be sure to get your levels checked 4 to 6 weeks after. I got checked 3 months after by which point my levels were rock bottom and i was severely underactive with many many symptoms. I gained 3 stone in 8 weeks after it!! I'm sure this is because of the huge delay in starting me on thyroxine and because i had been underactive initially before going overactive!!

      I too got named the ready brek kid after it by my friends who thought my urine should glow in the dark!!

      Hope this helps and good luck. It honestly nothing to worry about - the treatment is super simple!

  27. QUESTION:
    is it even possible for a person with an overactive thyroid to gain weight?
    I got tested just recently to see if I may have an overactive thyroid, I'm still waiting for the results to get back to me... I am really skinny and it's really hard for me to gain weight, so i was just wondering if it's possible for a person with an overactive thyroid to gain weight? (if that's what i have)

    • ANSWER:
      Need to figure out what you need, make sure you try to exercise, not cardio or anything, but liftings weights etc. I'm the same way. I'm having to eat almost 2x as much as someone else my height/age, but it is possible to gain weight, it is just very hard. Which is why I'm on here ^_^ Gave my information and exercise routine etc and got a pretty nice answer. Not sure what your height/age/weight is but try looking at. I'll leave link as source.

  28. QUESTION:
    My doctor thinks I have a overactive thyroid because of a blood test?
    but I gain weight?I'm 12lbs overweight. I don't lose weight...I thought you always lose weight with a overactive thyroid??

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  29. QUESTION:
    Cat with overactive thyroid - has anyone used chinese herbs and do they work?
    Specifically I have heard about "thyroid calming" which you give 2 small black pills, twice a day. Any advice would be appreciated. Trying to avoid the high cost of vet prescribed pills for now.

    • ANSWER:
      Some of the herbal cures are great for humans, but not for cats. A cats body is entirely different from a humans and, in general, have no mechanism for assimilating plant materials, which is what the medications are primarily made up of. Some can even be fatal to cats.

  30. QUESTION:
    If my mother had an overactive thyroid am I likely to inherit it?
    Her thyroid became over active in her twenties and I am still mid-teens. How likely is it that I will inherit this disorder?

    • ANSWER:
      Both of the above answers are good, i myself am a hypo sufferer and so is my mom and both of my grandmothers maternal and paternal. My father is hyper so needless to say thyroid problems are rampant in my family.Mine started acting up in my early twenties but my little sister and brother don't have any problems yet.

  31. QUESTION:
    I'm going to begin taking medication for my overactive thyroid soon. Does this cause weight gain?
    I've struggled for a while trying to gain weight and have only put on 30 pounds over a 4 year period.

    I know that having an overactive thyroid tends to cause people to lose weight, but I've been eating so much and working out for a while which slowly let me put on a few pounds.

    After I'm treated, will I be able to put on weight more easily?

    • ANSWER:
      I have Hypothyroidism (under active Thyroid) & I'm on Synthroid & have been for years. I have never had a weight problem since being on this medication. By that, I mean I've neither gained weight or lost weight, due to the medication. I lost weight, but it was because I got onto a healthy eating plan, ate sensibly, exercised daily, drank a lot of water daily. What did cause me to gain a lot of weight, was Celebrex for my arthritic knees. I no longer take it, because of that fact. Please read the directions on the pill bottle when you get your prescription filled for the Synthroid. It tells you or should tell you to take the little tablet with plenty of water. Remember to do so. Your doctor will have you get Thyroid blood work done routinely, so see how the medication is working with your Hyperthyroid. This is necessary, so please get it done. There may come a time as you get older & your system changes, when the dosage will be changed. No cause for alarm when that happens. :)

  32. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of overactive thyroid?
    What are the symptons of over active thyroid. My neck feels numb all the time and sometimes I am getting a lump in my throat and a pain shoots through my jaw and neck and then today I had like my throat was shaking it was really weird. I have been to the Dr he took my blood pressure and I have to have a blood test for over active thyroid. I was just wondering what the symptons were.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing you have described would have made me think that diagnosis was likely.

      Symptoms are tachycardia ( fast heart rate ), sweating, feeling hot, heat intolerance, agitation, tremor, increased appetite and weight loss. Often eye signs, exopthalmus, precede the other symptoms. Goitres are more common in under-active thyroid disease.

      You blood test will soon prove or exclude this diagnosis.

  33. QUESTION:
    Can you tell me about an overactive thyroid?
    My grandmother found out the other day that her thyroid levels were high, and that she needed to see an endocrinologist. Her doctor is bad about taking a long time to set things up, and my grandma is 81 years old and very nervous about this. Do you have trouble with your thyroid, and how have you treated it? I've looked things up online, but I would like to hear from people who have dealt with this directly, or indirectly through friends or family with this illness.

    • ANSWER:
      First you need a diagnosis. Overactive thyroid is not a diagnosis. It is only a symptom. You need a TSI test to see if the diagnosis is Grave's disease. (Grave's disease is the number one most common cause of overactive thyroid.) If the diagnosis is Grave's disease, then the treatment is methimizole. Methimizole is a simple, cheap, generic prescription drug.

  34. QUESTION:
    What role does an under/overactive thyroid play in depression?
    I have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition but as they increase my medicine my depression seems to be worsening. Is this possible? I am now on 150mcg of synthroid.

    • ANSWER:
      I found a good article for you.

      Depression is more commonly associated with hypothyroidism with its fatigue, mental dullness and lethargy leading to depression which is often profound and severe enough that a physician may mistakenly treat the patient first for depression without testing for underlying hypothyroidism.

      If you are on Synthroid for hypothyroidism (low TSH), then the medication should help with the depression as your TSH stabilizes.

  35. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of overactive Thyroid? Can somebody actually die from it?
    Please help; I know someone that had very high Thyroid and I want to know what could happen to this person, is this an emergency?

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably not an emergency. Symptoms include fast heart rate, weight loss, nervousness, sweating, feeling tired, and not being able to sleep well. Technically, yes, there is something called thyrotoxic crisis that a person could die of, but it's very, very rare (and overactive thyroid is pretty common) and usually only caused by an injury to the thyroid such as from having surgery on it.

  36. QUESTION:
    14 and i have overactive thyroid gland does any1 else my age have it?
    is there any1 who is 14 and suffers with overactive thyroid gland if so it would be lovely to talk to them

    • ANSWER:
      im 15 and ive got that 2 only mine is underactive = tiered all the time Lol

  37. QUESTION:
    I have an overactive thyroid and will start radioiodine treatment soon. Is it safe what are side effects?
    I am suppose to drink a liquid of radioiodine it is a one time thing. how long will it stay in my system and how long will it take for my thyroid to get back to normal? is there any concern that radioiodine may cause cancer in the future? and is the radioactive a small amount?

    • ANSWER:
      Whenever you mention radioactivity, people get scared, so it helps to know a few facts.

      They use radioactive iodine for hyperthyroidism because the iodine you ingest goes to your thyroid and concentrates itself there. So the only part of your body that gets much radiation is your thyroid. The radiation damages the thyroid tissue, but usually leaves some function. Doctors try to give you just the right amount so that you will have a normal amount of thyroid hormone afterward, but this is hard to do. They would rather give you too much than too little, because it is easier to treat someone who has too little hormone than someone who has too much.

      You might be comforted to know that this treatment has been used for at least 60 years, and is still the treatment of choice for hyperthyroidism. That also means that they know what happens to people years after they have taken it. They use much higher doses of radioactive iodine to treat thyroid cancer, so they know what happens to people who get much higher doses than yours.

      The isotope they use for therapy is iodine 131. It has a half-life of eight days, meaning the amount of radiation it emits is cut in half every eight days. So the amount of radiation coming from it drops rapidly at first, then slower and slower. After a few months, there is no significant amount of radiation left in your body.

      They will test your thyroid function several times to find out how it is responding. You may get worse at first, because the damaged thyroid cells may release more hormone. You might have some pain, probably mild, because of the tissue damage. You should start seeing improvement in two weeks or so, with thyroid homones reaching normal or below normal by six to eight weeks.

      There is a very slightly increased risk of thyroid cancer in adults exposed to radioactive iodine. The older you are, the less the risk. The risk is higher in children, and this treatment is almost never used on children.

      You should drink a lot of water for two or three days after your treatment to make sure that there is no extra iodine getting stored in your bladder.

      Your doctor will no doubt give you instructions concerning the radioactivity in your body. These are to prevent unnecessary radiation exposure to other people, not to help you. Here are some general instructions:

      -Don't go to work for a day after your medication.
      -Limit your time in public places for a day, including public transportation.
      -Don't travel in a car for prolonged period with others for two or three days. Stay three or so feet away from others for two or three days.
      -Do not prepare food for others or share utensils for two or three days.
      -Flush the toilet at least twice for two or three days.
      -Sleep in a separate bed for at least five days.
      -Avoid prolonged contact with pregnant women and children for at least five days.

      The radiation coming from your body is like light. The farther away you are from it, the dimmer it is. So don't worry about people that are more than three or so feet away for the first few days unless it is for a prolonged period.

      Your instructions from your doctor may be different and based on your dose. So follow your doctor's instructions, not mine.

      You may set off radiation detectors in airports or high-security buildings for up to three months. If you plan travel by air, ask your doctor to give you a letter and a phone number for the security people to call him so you can get through security faster.

  38. QUESTION:
    Overactive thyroid- Is an operation the only treatment?
    I am 65 , diabetic and suffers from high blood pressure. I have just discovered after months of scans that i have an overactive thyroid at the base of my neck which may need to be operated on. I have head of complications that cabn accour with diabetis and operations . I am extremely concerned.
    I am tod i wont find out until June.. Can anyone tell me is their other treatments than an operation
    thx all u have been a great help

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid in Sept 2007. After being given medication (propothiourocil) which actually made by low white blood count worse, I was taken off that & advised to have radioactive iodine treatment. I was recommended to have this at that time because if I didn't, and my blood count dropped further, then I would be unable to have it later because it could affect my heart & surgery, though the more risky option, would become my only option. So reluctantly I went for the radioactive iodine treatment.
      Basically what it entailed was swallowing a large, bullet-shaped pill (horse pill, I called it!) which then attacks the thyroid & kills some of it off. It meant though that I had to have time off work ( & I had recently started a new job!) because I was radioactive for 19 days; for the first 5 days I could not be within 2 metres (approx 6 feet) of anyone for more than 1 hour per day, & for a further 14 days I could not be within 2 metres (approx 6 feet) of children, pregnant women or women of child-bearing age for more than 1 hour per day. Having a husband & 2 primary school-aged children, this was hard on all of us!
      I also was extremely tired after the treatment, particularly for the first few days, not wanting to do anything but sleep! I also had to take extra care over personal hygeine - all bodily fluids were radioactive, so it was necessary to flush the toilet twice after each use.

      In August 2007 blood tests showed that my thyroid was now underactive (8/10 people end up this way after the treatment) & so I was prescribed Levothyroxine, to increase my thyroxin level. I have been told that I will have to take this ( 1 tablet a day) for the rest of my life, but at least I'm now entitled to free prescriptions!

  39. QUESTION:
    Am I too young to have an overactive thyroid?
    I am 15, and I have a family history of overactive thyroids. I have been having episodes that I originally thought were panic attacks. I was doing some research about them on the internet, and read that sometimes people with an overactive thyroid mistake their syptoms for panic attacks. In my family, it generally affects the women over 35-40 years old. I did have a first cousin that was about 20 that had an overactive thyroid. Is this a possibility for me?
    P.S. most of the symptoms for overactive thyroid describe the symptoms I have, except it said that people that have an overactive thyroid have an increase in appetite. I have a decrease in appetite, because my throat gets tight and I feel like I can't swallow. And I sometimes get diarhea and my stomach gets upset.

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid blood tests are very simply done by your doctor, and with your family history, you definitely should have one done immediately. Autoimmune disorders like thyroid issues DO run in families, and if you have the symptoms, get tested now. Your family members could have had it for many years before being diagnosed, it's one of the most undiagnosed and widespread health conditions for women. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in my mid thirties but who knows how long I had it before then...my doctor decided to test me based on symptoms just like yours. The sense of choking in your throat makes it even more likely your thyroid gland is enlarged, as it sits right over your throat. Don't wait any longer to be tested. Untreated thyroid issues can be very dangerous, causing mental disorders and heart problems and all kinds of things. Good luck, and luckily there are medications and surgical interventions to deal with most thyroid issues very successfully.

  40. QUESTION:
    symptoms of overactive and underactive thyroid?
    i think i may have an overactive thyroid but dont know what the symptoms are! can anyone please help explain what symptoms might occur with an underactive thyroid and an overactive thyroid please?
    im mainly asking because my moods havent been good lately, i thought maybe my pill had been the problem but ive been on it for 4 years and ive only just become moody lol
    also, excessive hair i thought was down to an overactive thyroid...is that right?

    • ANSWER:
      overactive thyroid

      you will sweat a lot
      weight loss over a few months
      your eyeballs may be popping out.
      you might have palpitations
      your palms will be warm and sweaty
      you will feel anxious and jittery.
      high pulse

      underactive thyroid ( opposite to evrythin thats there in overactive)

      mostly it will be unexplained weight gain..
      lethargy... you might not feel like doing stuff u used to..
      cold palms and soles..

  41. QUESTION:
    Will medication for an overactive thyroid make me gain weight?
    I just got a call after some bloodwork saying that my thyroid levels are elevated. This surprised me as I've been *gaining* weight lately. They want to put me on medication for it. Will it make me gain weight? I really don't want to gain any more weight.

    • ANSWER:
      do you know the exact results.

      if your TSH is elevated that means you have an underactive thryoid.
      you would have an overactive thyroid if the levels were low.

      you are gaining weight cuz you have hypothyroidism.

      they want to give you thyroid hormone pills to get your TSH level down to where it should be.
      if anything the pills will help you loose weight they would not make you gain weight.

      here is a great link to learn about hypothyroidism:
      http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/hypothyroidism-topic-overview

  42. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to be on hormonal birth control with an overactive thyroid caused by Graves disease?
    I am a 20 year old female who was diagnosed with Grave's disease 4 years ago. My gynecologist told me I was not eligible for hormonal birth control because of my thyroid disease. I plan on asking my endocrinologist my next appointment. Could my endo overrule my gyno in this situation?

    • ANSWER:
      You can take birth control pills. Just be prepared for them to affect your thyroid levels. You will need to have your medication adjusted. Get your thyroid tested a month after starting on the pill. Have your medication adjusted. Repeat every month until you are totally stable again.

  43. QUESTION:
    what medication is prescibed for overactive thyroid?
    I have been told by a consultant i have a borderline thyroid problem,what are the symptoms and what medication will i be put on?

    • ANSWER:
      What are the symptoms?

      -You may feel nervous, moody, weak, or tired.
      -Your hands may shake, your heart may beat fast, or you may have problems breathing.
      -You may be sweaty or have warm, red, itchy skin.
      -You may have more bowel movements than usual.
      -You may have fine, soft hair that is falling out.
      -You may lose weight even though you eat the same or more than usual.

      Treatment:

      1) Anti-thyroid medication: Two common drugs in this category are methimazole and propylthiouracil (PTU), both of which actually interfere with the thyroid gland's ability to make its hormones. Since you're borderline hyperthryoid, then you'll probably be treated in this manner.

      2) Radioactive Iodine Therapy

      3) Surgical removal of thyroid gland

  44. QUESTION:
    Is an overactive thyroid something to be concerned about?
    My husband went in for tests a few weeks ago because he had a lump under his breast, the biopsy on the lump came back "nothing to be concerned about" but told us we had to go back to his doctor tomorrow because the blood work showed an over active thyroid. What does this mean, is it dangerous, what should we expect tomorrow? do people live long normal lives with it?

    • ANSWER:
      My aunt has an over active thryroid. It is nothing life threatening that I am aware of. She is perfectly fine, the only thing is that it is really hard for her to gain weight. She is super skinny and has been her whole life. I don't know if what your husband has is the same thing though.

  45. QUESTION:
    How come an overactive thyroid can be cured but an underactive thyroid can't?

    Overactive thyroids can be cured - my friend had it but doesn't any more.
    Me and my sister both have an underactive thyroid and will be on thyroxin for life - so yes, both can be managed by medication but they can't both be cured.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure what you mean by 'cured' as most people do not 'have it then not have it anymore'. Most have it for life (unless maybe it was brought on by pregnancy). A person that is HypER has one of three methods to 'kill off' (bring to HypO) the thyroid then it is treated as if it was HypO to begin with...Synthroid etc. Neither is curing but rather treating, and usually for life!

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      God bless

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I build muscle when I have an overactive thyroid?

    I was wondering, what kinds of foods to eat? People told me to eat carbs, but what kinds are best? I'm currently taking Muscle Milk Chocolate and before that I was taking Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Chocolate. Which would be better for me?

    • ANSWER:
      hey, because of ur overactive thyroid u should be very lean and it should be hard for u to gain fat and muscle. it just means that u need to work harder than most people to build on the muscles. i would consider u take a hell of a lot more carbs an hour before u work-out so that ur body will hav to use more muscle to burn off that extra energy and weight that u hav just gained an hour before ...thus: working ur muscles harder to burn off that making ur muscles bulk up quicker. OH and u definatly should eat lots and lot and lot of protein after a work-out. tuna, chicken, chick peas, seeds have lots of protein in them. hope u hav some use of this info. good luck :)

  47. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have an overactive thyroid even if your TSH levels are in normal range?
    I had a TSH blood work done and it came out normal 1.35. However I have symptoms of hyperthyroidism such as shaky hands, strain in the throat area, anxiety, insomnia, and sometimes night sweats. Is it still possible to have hyperthyroidism even if TSh results came out normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Subclinically, yes. Your TSH though would make me think you are more likely to have Hashimoto's (hypothyroidism) with a flair up going on, if you do indeed have a thyroid problem. You need to get your antibodies checked... anti-tpo, anti-tg and TSI. Free T3 and Free T4 need to be checked as well.

  48. QUESTION:
    The symptoms of an overactive thyroid and hypoglycemia are similar- how can i tell which i have?
    My symptoms are nausea, feel better on eating food, get shakes when hungry, solved by eating, anxiety, stress problems, problems with needing the toliet more regularly, not increasing weight even when i eat more, some swollen glands and intolerance to milk, severre diarea caused by drinking in large quantities and excruitiating cramps. seeing like energectic hallucinations and feeling really weak and sick, anger problems, weakness in general in my health.

    • ANSWER:
      You need a blood test in order to tell of you have thyroid disease or not. The tests that you need are free t3 and free T4.

  49. QUESTION:
    How do they test you for an overactive thyroid?
    My doctor told me I should be checked, but I forgot to ask how they do this.

    • ANSWER:
      Easy to do with a blood test, if they need to know more they will send you to an endocrinologist. An endocrinologist will do a very through examination, included checking your skin, reflexes, pulse, throat and ask about a million questions. The thyroid can be tricky, best of luck to you.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can an overactive thyroid be caused by certain lifestyle choices such as dug use or smoking?
    What are the usual causes of hyperthyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism is a genetic disorder, it's not something you contract. Your thyroid gland is over-productive causing a host of symptoms in the body. Anytime you introduce foreign substances to the body, there will be adverse reactions. Smoking and recreational drug use are certainly the two biggest protagonists. Caffeine is a drug as well. I'm not saying you should stop, but if it's troubling you, you may want to consider some adjustments to you lifestyle. The point is anything can be harmful if consumed in the excess. You should speak to your doctor. I work in healthcare, but am not a physician. These are the kind of questions you need to consult with qualified people, not just random strangers. Take care.