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    You don’t need to fear PTU. I’ve met a few people who have been on it successfully. Even methimazole isn’t free of side effects – it’s just a little safer than PTU. Another reason that PTU is out of favor – something that you mentioned – is that you have to take it multiple times a day, while methimazole can be taken once a day. That alone would make methimazole the preferred drug, since patient compliance is really important for best results.

    Good for you for taking steps to quit smoking. :) I’m glad you’re aware of the increased risks of Thyroid Eye Disease for smokers. You should also be aware that it will improve your outcome if you’re able to have a thyroidectomy. Smoking constricts blood vessels and impairs healing from surgery. Good luck with those last two cigarettes. :)