Coming off carbimazole

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I was diagnosed with a over active thyroid last September. I was put 4 5mg tablets a day and now my levels are normal I am on just 5 mg a day. The specialist said I could come off it in another month or so.

Well I decided to stop taking it a couple ofs weeks and over the last week I have had really sore eyes and am getting dizzy spells and numbness and tingling in my hands and feet.

I wondered if this was side effects to coming off the medication suddenly . Or is it my thyroid symptoms coming back.

how do you come off the carb. Do i have to start tapering slowly and even cut it up.

Is it likely my hyperthyroidism will come back.

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    It would be helpful if you can include the actual diagnosis. Overactive thyroid is a symptom that can be caused by several thyroid disorders.
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    Around 40% of Graves' patiens stay in remission after their thyroid values have normalised. Your chances are much better if your TSH receptor antibodies are also in a normal range.

    If you plan to split your antithyroid tablets then get a pill splitter. It makes it much easier.

    You should talk to your doctor and have your thyroid levels checked. I am still being monitored after being in remission for over a year.

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    My endocrinologist would not stop my Methimazole if my antibodies had not normalized.  Even then, he has always decreased dosages slowly.  I would ask your doc to do antibody levels, either TRAb or TBII for Graves and TGAb and anti-TPO for Hashimoto's.  If any of those are out of the normal range, do not stop your Methimazole.

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