How Can Medication Treat My 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. 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. Key words: hypothyroid medications; hypothyroidism medication; medication hypothyroidism.
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