Treating Graves' - Different Strokes | oneGRAVESvoice

welcome to oneGRAVESvoice

- a positively charged Graves' disease and thyroid eye disease community.
  • join today!
Patient Education

Treating Graves’ – Different Strokes

key information

source: Graves' Disease & Thyroid Foundation

authors: David S. Cooper


Once the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism due to Graves’ disease is made, the next step is for the patient and the physician to sit down and discuss the most appropriate treatment. The choice of therapy is not an easy one, since all treatments are effective, yet all have certain advantages and disadvantages.

Antithyroid Drugs
Antithyroid drugs are commonly prescribed. There are two of them: propylthiouracil (nicknamed PTU) and methimazole (the brand name is Tapazole®). These drugs block the thyroid’s ability to make thyroid hormone. After a few weeks to 2 to 3 months the blood levels of thyroid hormone in the blood decrease towards normal. The speed of the response is determined by a number of factors, including the dose of the drug, the severity of the thyroid problem, and the size of the thyroid gland. Antithyroid drugs almost always work, and they are usually well-tolerated. However, about 5 – 10% of people have side-effects, including skin rashes, itching, joint pains, and fever.


Font Resize

To improve your experience on this site, we use cookies. This includes cookies essential for the basic functioning of our website, cookies for analytics purposes, and cookies enabling us to personalize site content. By clicking on 'Accept' or any content on this site, you agree that cookies can be placed. You may adjust your browser's cookie settings to suit your preferences.
More information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.