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Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Jul;16(4):522-4. doi: 10.4103/2230-8210.98001.

Thyroid diseases and Ramadan.

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Shaukhat Khanum Cancer Hospital and Research Center, Lahore, Pakistan.


In the month of Ramadan, patients with thyroid diseases, most of the time, do not need treatment adjustments and can fast safely without any health hazards. Patients with hypothyroidism taking thyroxine can take their tablets on an empty stomach at bedtime instead of half an hour before Sehr. Patients with hyperthyroidism, on methimazole/carbimazole can continue their dose in once or twice daily regimes, while those on propylthiouracil need to be switched. Hyperthyroid patients with severe symptoms should start treatment immediately and can avoid fast for few days after a consultation with their religious scholar.


Hyperthyroidism; Ramadan; hypothyroidism; thyroid disease

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