Two-Week Hypothyroid Regimen

This information describes your 2-week hypothyroid regimen. This regimen includes diagnostic tests and your radioactive iodine treatment.

Day 1 of your 2-week hypothyroid regimen is:  _____________________.

6 Weeks Before Day 1:

  • Start taking your thyroid medication (levothyroxine or ____________) every other day (instead of every day).
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2 Weeks Before Day 1:

  • Stop taking your thyroid medication (levothyroxine or _____________).
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1 Week Before Day 1:

  • Start following a low-iodine diet. Drink at least 8 (8-ounce) glasses of decaffeinated liquids every day. These liquids should include water and other beverages listed in the low-iodine diet guidelines. You can find the guidelines in the resource The Low Iodine Diet.
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Your 2-Week Hypothyroid Regimen

During the first week of your regimen, you will have blood work and scans and then receive your radioactive iodine treatment. You may be admitted to the hospital for treatment. If you are admitted, you will be discharged from the hospital when your level of radioactivity is low enough. If you are not admitted, you will receive other instructions.

During the second week, you will have a post-treatment scan, which a staff member in Nuclear Medicine will arrange for you.

Below is a typical regimen schedule:

Week 1
May start Monday-Thursday
Day 1
(2 to 3 hours)
  • Blood work
  • Diagnostic dose of radioactive iodine
Day 2
(30 to 60 minutes)
  • Scan
  • Treatment dose of radioactive iodine
Week 2
Post-treatment scan

Other tests that you may have include:

  • A pregnancy test (blood draw) for women before treatment to ensure that they are not pregnant. This is a hospital requirement for treatment.
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If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
Two-Week Hypothyroid Regimen
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