Hyperthyroidism is more commonly referred to as overactive thyroid. It occurs when your thyroid produces too much thyroxine, a hormone that regulates metabolic functions. Symptoms include weight loss, tremors, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, and increased sweating. You may also experience sensitivity to heat, an increase in appetite, thinning of the skin and hair, or swelling around the thyroid area. Hyperthyroidism occurs more often in women, and typically runs in families. If you notice any of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, you should make an appointment with your physician right away to discuss treatment options. Many treatment options can inhibit the production of thyroxine and relieve symptoms.
1. Anti-thyroid Medication
A conventional method of hyperthyroidism treatment is anti-thyroid medication. These prescription drugs stop the thyroid gland from overproducing thyroxine and will reduce symptoms quickly, although they are typically taken for over a year after diagnosis. Unfortunately, anti-thyroid medication has serious side effects and may cause liver damage and a compromised immune system. Patients who take it are not always permanently cured of their hyperthyroidism, either. Many experience a reoccurrence of symptoms after they have been off their medication for some time. Although they are very common medications, your physician can help you to determine whether they are right for you.