Episode - Weighing The Risks and Benefits of Thyroid Medication


Weighing The Risks and Benefits of Thyroid Medication

Many people with hyperthyroidism take anti-thyroid medication, and many with Hashimoto’s take thyroid hormone replacement. Despite that, it’s not uncommon for people to be cautious about both of these routes.

Even though I chose the alternative route when I dealt with Graves’ disease, there is a time and place for thyroid medication, and for some people, it is truly necessary.

Today, I’m talking about the risks versus benefits of anti-thyroid medication and thyroid hormone replacement, when it’s necessary to take these, common dosing recommendations, and alternative options.


During this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • Circumstances where anti-thyroid medication is prescribed
  • Why methimazole is prescribed more often than PTU
  • Recognizing that herbs can be effective, but they are not the right solution for everybody
  • Dosing considerations for anti-thyroid medication
  • Alternatives to anti-thyroid medications
  • Most common situations where doctors prescribe thyroid hormone replacement
  • Different types of thyroid hormone replacement
  • Risks versus benefits of taking thyroid hormone replacement
  • Why it’s crucial for each person’s needs to be evaluated on an individual basis
  • Dosing of thyroid hormone
  • Why it’s best to speak to a practitioner when considering alternative treatment methods


As always, I hope you found this episode valuable, and I look forward to catching you in the next episode!


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