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There is no way to prevent hypothyroidism, and there is no cure. However, with recognition and treatment, low levels of thyroid hormone can be replaced to normal levels in the body. To accomplish this, most people with hypothyroidism have to take the oral thyroid hormone replacement medication called levothyroxine for the rest of their lives.
Medication therapy is monitored closely with blood tests for several months after beginning treatment to ensure that a person is getting just the right amount of the drug. Ideal doses vary between different people. If the dose of thyroid replacement medication is too small for an individual, it will not adequately replace thyroid hormone in the body. If the dose is too high, it may result in side effects and a potentially serious condition called hyperthyroidism.
Once a safe and effective dose has been established, it is then generally monitored yearly or more frequently if symptoms reappear or side effects develop. It is very important not to skip or change doses of your medication without consulting with your physician or licensed health care provider.
Treatment of the life-threatening complication of myxedema coma may require intravenous thyroid hormone replacement medication and steroids and intensive monitoring in a critical care unit.
The following treatments are listed for Hypothyroidism in our knowledge base:
Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Hypothyroidism in various sources may include:
Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Hypothyroidism may include:
The following medications/drugs/procedures are some of the latest treatments for Hypothyroidism:
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Hypothyroidism:
More causes: not all possible causes for Hypothyroidism are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Hypothyroidism.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
The following list of conditions have 'Hypothyroidism' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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