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[IP] Re: Thyroid

Synthroid is most commonly given to supplement low thyroid hormone (T4)
production.  However, it is also prescribed to suppress an overactive
thyroid gland.  It sort of "puts it to sleep".

A more permanent solution, and the treatment of choice, is to destroy a
portion of the thyroid with radioactive iodine.  Often times, the patient
will become hypothyroid after this and will go on Synthroid (or eq.)
afterward, but it is REALLY easy to regulate.

Andrew M. Jacoby, CNMT
Radiation Safety Officer
Northside Hospital

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