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HAVE A
THYROID CONDITION
AND ...

  • Not sure where to turn to for advice?
  • Confused and uncertain about your diagnosis
    and treatment?
  • Fearing the medication & treatment prescribed
    by your doctor is not working?
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THYROID TREATMENTS & MEDICATIONS

KNOWN TREATMENTS

Thyrogen Treatment - Thyroid Cancer

Following initial treatment for thyroid cancer (surgery), patients are then given Radioactive Iodine Ablation Treatment. Generally a high thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level is required in both treatment and follow-up of thyroid cancer. Traditionally patients reduced and then ceased their dose of thyroxine (Oroxine/Eutroxsig) before this treatment. An alternate approach to stopping thyroxine therapy is to give the patient Thyrogen. (Thyrogen rh TSH (Man Made Recombinant Human Thyroid Stimulating Hormone))

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Radioactive Iodine Treatment

Radioactive Iodine Treatment (RAI) is usually recommended for patients who have been diganosed with thyroid cancer and have recently had a total thyroidectomy to remove the cancer.

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Nexavar Treatment - Differentiated Thyroid Cancer Treatment

Nexavar is used to treat thyroid cancer (differentiated thyroid carcinoma). Nexavar is a multi-kinase inhibitor. It works by slowing down the rate of growth of cancer cells and cutting off the blood supply that keeps cancer cells growing.

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Surgery - Semi Thyroidectomy - Total Thyroidectomy

An Endocrine Surgeon is the specialist who performs a thyroidectomy. A total thyroidectomy is recommended for thyroid cancer, restriction caused by an enlarged thyroid gland pressing on the windpipe, oesophagus or nerves. Surgery is also performed when a patient has a suspicious nodule(s), which could be malignant or an uncontrollable overactive thyroid gland.

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Hyperthyroidism/OveractiveThyroid

Your treating thyroid specialist will prescribe a dose of Neo-Mercazole or PTU to treat your condition and will monitor your thyroid response through pathology tests.

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Hyporthyroidism/Under activeThyroid

As of 2017, Australia now has three brands of Levothyroxine replacement hormone available for prescription; Oroxine, Eutroxsig & Eltroxin.

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MEDICATIONS

Levothyroxine Replacement Hormone (Formerly known as Thyroxine Replacement Hormone)

Levothyroxine (Oroxine/Eutroxsig/Eltroxin) is prescribed for patients who have had a total thyroidectomy or who suffer from an under-active thyroid gland, (hypothyroidism).  Also as a result of a hemi-thyroidectomy, radioactive iodine or due to hypothyroidism.

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Oroxine / Eutroxsig - information

Oroxine/Eutroxsig are synthetic forms of the hormone Levothyroxine (T4).  It is the closest form of thyroxine hormone to what a healthy thyroid gland produces.

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Eltroxin - information

Eltroxin is synthetic forms of the hormone Levothyroxine (T4).  It is the closest form of thyroxine hormone to what a healthy thyroid gland produces.

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Tertroxin (Liothyronine sodium) - information

Tertroxin contains "liothyronine" which is a naturally occurring thyroid hormone.

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Neo-Mercazole / Carbimazole / PTU - information

Your treating thyroid specialist will prescribe a dose of Neo-Mercazole or PTU to treat your condition and will monitor your thyroid response through pathology tests.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR

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ADVERSE EVENTS ('SIDE EFFECTS') REPORTING SURVEY

Australian Government Health Department

Investigation of adverse event ('side effect') reports is an important way that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) monitors the safety of medicines and vaccines used in Australia.

If you believe you have had a 'Side Effect' or 'Adverse Event'  from a prescribed medication or treatment, please register on the link below with the Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

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CONTACT US

Office: +61 2 9890 6962 

Fax: +61 2 9890 8533

National Office and Mailing Address:

Suite 2, 8 Melville Street

Parramatta. NSW  2150.

Australia

OUR MISSION

The mission of The Australian Thyroid Foundation Ltd (ATF) is to offer support, information and education to members and their families through the many services provided by The ATF and raise awareness about health consequences of iodine deficiency and the benefits of good thyroid health.


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