Which medications are used in the treatment of subacute thyroiditis?

Updated: Mar 23, 2021
  • Author: Stephanie L Lee, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Medical treatment for subacute thyroiditis is supportive in general. Thyrotoxicosis can be extreme but temporary (eg, 6-8 wk). The subsequent hypothyroid phase is usually mild and lasts 2-4 months. Therapy is directed toward reducing the signs and symptoms of the hyperthyroidism with beta blockers or iodine agents. Pain is treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs). Rarely, high-dose steroids and narcotic analgesic agents are used for extremely painful or recurrent life-threatening hyperthyroidism.


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