Medicine that boosts your levels of thyroid hormone is an easy way to treat your hypothyroidism. It’s not a cure, but it can keep your condition under control for the rest of your life.
The most common treatment is levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, Tirosint, Unithroid, Unithroid Direct), a man-made version of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4). It acts just like the hormone your thyroid gland normally makes. The right dose can make you feel a lot better.
Starting on Thyroid Hormone Treatment
Your doctor will decide how much to give you based on your:
- Thyroid hormone levels
If you’re older, or you have heart disease, you’ll probably start on a small dose. Your doctor will slowly raise the amount over time until you see an effect.
About 6 weeks after you start taking the medicine, you’ll go back to your doctor for a blood test to check your thyroid hormone levels. Depending on what the results are, your dosage may change.
Once your levels are stable, you’ll see your doctor for a blood test every 6 months to a year.