Factitious thyrotoxicosis; thyrotoxicosis factitia; thyrotoxicosis medicamentosa
You must stop taking thyroid hormone. If it is medically necessary, the dose must be reduced.
You should be re-evaluated in 2 - 4 weeks to be sure that the signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism are gone. This also helps to confirm the diagnosis.
People with Munchausen syndrome will need psychiatric treatment and follow-up.
Factitious hyperthyroidism will clear up on its own when you stop taking or lower the dose of thyroid hormone.
When factitious hyperthyroidism lasts a long time, patients are at risk for the same complications of untreated or improperly treated hyperthyroidism caused by the thyroid gland.
These complications include:
Atrial fibrillation Chest pain( angina) Heart attack Irregular heart rhythm
- Loss of bone mass (if severe,
osteoporosis) Weight loss
Calling your health care provider
Contact your health care provider if you experience any of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism.