There is a great deal of research, discussion, and controversy concerning thyroid hormone medications used to treat hypothyroidism. We do our best on this Web site to keep you up to date on new research about these drugs.
But there are a number of other medications you should know about if you have a thyroid problem. Some are medications that are used to control the symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism, but there is a much larger group of medications for thyroid-related disorders which may occur in anyone with auto-immune thyroid disease, including Graves’ disease, hypothyroidism, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Antibodies against one’s own tissues cause many of these disorders. Examples are juvenile (Type I) diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, pernicious anemia, and the white skin spots of vitiligo. But there are other conditions which may or may not be autoimmune in nature and also occur with increased frequency in patients with auto-immune thyroid disease. These include migraine, prematurely gray hair, bipolar depression, osteoporosis, Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammations of the intestine (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease (an inflammation of the small intestine).
In this portion of our Web site you will learn about medications available for these conditions. Often there may be more than one drug available. In that case we will try to educate you about the characteristics of the different medications, so that you will have an understanding about the reasons for which your physician may choose a particular drug for you.
We appreciate the support of the pharmaceutical firms funding this portion of our Web site. They have enabled us to give you this extra information about medications used by thyroid patients. A list of all the corporations that have supported this part of our Web site can be found in our list of sponsors. They can also be reached by clicking your computer’s cursor on the name of any highlighted drug or product.
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