Hyperthyroidism: Medicines for Symptoms

Topic Overview

Additional medicines that doctors may use to treat the symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Beta-blocker medicines, including propranolol (such as Inderal), atenolol (Tenormin), or metoprolol (Lopressor), to control a fast heartbeat, tremors, sweating, and nervousness. Your doctor may prescribe one of these medicines while you are waiting for antithyroid medicine or radioactive iodine treatment to start working.
  • Medicated eyedrops, if your eyes are irritated.
  • Corticosteroid medicines, to control any pain or swelling in the thyroid gland.

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By Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
Last Revised June 10, 2013

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