WHAT IS HYPERTHYROIDISM?
WHAT IS RADIOACTIVE IODINE?
WHAT DOES RADIOACTIVE IODINE LOOK LIKE?
IS RADIOACTIVE IODINE THERAPY DANGEROUS??
ARE THERE ANY SIDE-EFFECTS?
A common result is that the thyroid becomes underactive after the therapy. This is however easily treated with a tablet that you will have to take daily.
BEFORE AND AFTER THE TREATMENT.
After the treatment your body will contain some radioactivity. It gets excreted in your urine and will reduce every day; however we do advise that you limit contact with small children and pregnant women for the first few days after the therapy.
CAN I HAVE THIS TREATMENT IF I AM PREGNANT OR BREAST FEEDING?
No. We will not administer the therapy if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding you must stop for at least 2-4 weeks before the therapy and you must NOT resume breastfeeding after therapy. Breastfeeding may be resumed with your next child.
Please inform us if you think you may be pregnant.
WILL I BE ABLE TO FALL PREGNANT AGAIN AFTER THIS THERAPY?
Yes, you will need to see your referring doctor 6-8 weeks after the therapy. A blood test will then be done to see how the thyroid responded to the treatment.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Most people respond well after just 1 treatment; however in about 10% of people more than 1 dose is needed.