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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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