Dr. Lazarus shares how a woman can protect herself and her fetus while taking Thyroxine.
During pregnancy, women who are on thyroxine generally need more thyroxine every day than when they were not pregnant. So what we tend to say is that they should immediately increase their dose by 50 mcg. Now there’s a little bit of discussion about exactly how much she should increase, but 50 mcg I believe is a safe amount to increase, providing the woman gets a blood test about four to six weeks later to check that they have not got too much or not got too little.
About Dr. Lazarus, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.E.:
Dr. John Lazarus is a clinical professor of clinical endocrinology at Cardiff University at Cardiff School of Medicine in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom at the Centre for Endocrine and Diabetes Sciences. The Centre for Endocrine and Diabetes Sciences (CEDS) aims to undertake cutting edge laboratory-based and clinical research in the fields of endocrinology and diabetes.
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