How do medications treat nontoxic goiter?

Medication can be used to regulate an imbalance in your thyroid hormones that causes a goiter. If your goiter becomes toxic, you will likely need medication that reduces thyroid hormone production. Radioactive iodine is another kind of medication doctors use to treat goiters. The iodine kills excess thyroid cells, however sometimes after using this medication people become dependent on other thyroid medication to produce the right amount of thyroid hormone. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication may reduce the discomfort associated with some inflammatory thyroid conditions such as subacute thyroiditis.

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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