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Posted by: Annelize | 2011/11/04

Can under an active thyroid be caused by medication?

I have heard that some medications can cause hypothyroidism. Which types of medicines are they? (blood pressure, diabetes or heart medications?)

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Drug-induced hypothyroidism may be caused by:

•Drugs used for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), such as propylthiouracil, radioactive iodine, potassium iodide, and methimazole
•Treatment with lithium or iodides in certain people

Unusual causes of drug-induced hypothyroidism include:

•Amiodarone - an antiarrhythmic agent (medication used for irregular heart beat)
•Eating a large amount of iodine-containing seaweed
•Nitroprusside - a specialised injectable medication used for the treatment of hypertensive crises, etc.
•Perchlorate - A type of salt/chemical
•Povidone iodine (Betadine)
•Sulfonylureas - a class of antidiabetic drugs

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Posted by: pharmacist | 2011/11/07

Drug-induced hypothyroidism may be caused by:

•Drugs used for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), such as propylthiouracil, radioactive iodine, potassium iodide, and methimazole
•Treatment with lithium or iodides in certain people

Unusual causes of drug-induced hypothyroidism include:

•Amiodarone - an antiarrhythmic agent (medication used for irregular heart beat)
•Eating a large amount of iodine-containing seaweed
•Nitroprusside - a specialised injectable medication used for the treatment of hypertensive crises, etc.
•Perchlorate - A type of salt/chemical
•Povidone iodine (Betadine)
•Sulfonylureas - a class of antidiabetic drugs

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