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NSG 6005 Assignment: Drug Therapy for Hyperthyroidism

NSG 6005 Assignment: Drug Therapy for Hyperthyroidism


Identified and explained the mechanisms of action of drug therapy for hyperthyroidism.

Explained the pharmacologic effects of drug therapy for hyperthyroidism.

Described the place in therapy for each of the given drugs for hyperthyroidism.

Used correct spelling, grammar, and professional vocabulary. Cited all sources using the APA format.

Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed using:

  • Medical history and physical exam. During the exam your doctor may try to detect a slight tremor in your fingers when they’re extended, overactive reflexes, eye changes and warm, moist skin. Your doctor will also examine your thyroid gland as you swallow to see if it’s enlarged, bumpy or tender and check your pulse to see if it’s rapid or irregular.
  • Blood tests. Blood tests that measure thyroxine and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) can confirm the diagnosis. High levels of thyroxine and low or nonexistent amounts of TSH indicate an overactive thyroid. The amount of TSH is important because it’s the hormone that signals your thyroid gland to produce more thyroxine.

    These tests are particularly necessary for older adults, who may not have classic symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

    Thyroid blood tests may give false results if you’re taking biotin — a B vitamin supplement that may also be found in multivitamins. Let your doctor know if you are using biotin or a multivitamin with biotin. To ensure an accurate test, stop taking biotin at least 12 hours before blood is taken.

If blood tests indicate hyperthyroidism, your doctor may recommend one of the following tests to help determine why your thyroid is overactive:

  • Radioiodine uptake test. For this test, you take a small, oral dose of radioactive iodine (radioiodine) to see how much will collect in your thyroid gland. You’ll be checked after four, six or 24 hours — and sometimes after all three time periods — to see how much iodine your thyroid has absorbed.
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