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Actas Esp Psiquiatr. 2011 Nov-Dec;39(6):401-3. Epub 2011 Nov 1.

[Fucus vesiculosus induced hyperthyroidism in a patient undergoing concomitant treatment with lithium].

[Article in Spanish]

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Unidad de Salud Mental Hospital de Laredo, Cantabria.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Fucus vesiculosus is a marine alga rich in iodine, which is being used in alternative medicine as a laxative, diuretic, and as a complement for weight loss diets.

CASE REPORT:

We report the case of a 60-year old male patient, diagnosed with bipolar disorder and under treatment with lithium concomitantly with a herbal preparation, including Fucus vesiculosus, as a laxative. He developed hyperthyroidism that remitted once the herbal preparation was withdrawn.

CONCLUSION:

Fucus vesiculosus may cause hyperthyroidism given its high iodine content. Herbal preparations should be taken in account when treating a patient due to the possibility of adverse effects and interactions with other drugs.

PMID:
22127913
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