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The risks of PTU

Summary There are two main drugs used to treat Graves’ Disease medically – MMI (methimazole or it’s nearly identical relative carbimazole) and PTU (propylthiouracil). As with all drugs, there are risks and side effects.  As a patient, I’ve often been frustrated … Continue reading

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Taking methimazole for 10+ years

In the US, most Graves’ Disease patients get herded into either radioactive iodine treatment (RAI treatment) or surgical thyroid removal.  These are seen as “definitive” treatments, meaning permanent fixes.  There is some truth to this as it is impossible to … Continue reading

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Randomized study of Graves’ disease treatments

Summary This study looked at three common treatments for Graves’ disease (medication, surgery, and radioactive iodine) and their effect on the underlying cause of Graves’ (an autoimmune reaction). This study was set up in one of the best ways to … Continue reading

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