How is Treating Hypothyroidism

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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:

  • Age
  • Health
  • Thyroid hormone levels
  • Weight

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.

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