What is the treatment for hypothyroidism?

 

Hypothyroidism is treated by normalizing the levels of thyroid hormone in the blood. This is done by taking levothyroxine, or thyroid hormone replacement.2,3,5,6 You will be given an individualized dose by your physician until the balance of thyroid hormone in your body is restored. You will need regular TSH monitoring to ensure that you are taking the correct dose of levothyroxine.

If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to potentially life-threatening complications.6

Hospitalization

High blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels (significant risk factors of heart disease).

Infertility

Alzheimer’s disease (increased risk in women)

References: 2. American Thyroid Association. ATA Hypothyroidism Booklet. Falls Church, VA 2003. 3. Roberts CG, Ladenson PW. Hypothyroidism. Lancet. 2004;363:793-803. 5. American Thyroid Association. Hypothyroidism. Accessed from: http://www.thyroid.org/wp-content/uploads/patients/brochures/Hypo_brochure.pdf on August 2016. 6. Garber et al. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Hypothyroidism in Adults: Cosponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American Thyroid Association. Endoc Prac. 2012.

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