Hyperthyroidism: Medicines for Symptoms

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Hyperthyroidism: Medicines for Symptoms

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Additional medications that doctors may use to treat the symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Beta-blocker medications, including propranolol (such as Inderal), atenolol (Tenormin), or metoprolol (Lopresor), to control a fast heartbeat, tremors, sweating, and nervousness. Your doctor may prescribe one of these medicines while you are waiting for antithyroid medicine or radioactive iodine treatment to start working.
  • Medicated eyedrops, if your eyes are irritated.
  • Corticosteroid medications, to control any pain or swelling in the thyroid gland.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology
Specialist Medical Reviewer Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Last Revised February 5, 2010

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