Treatments for Hypothyroidism
In the early stages of ]]>Hashimoto’s thyroiditis]]> , there is no specific treatment. However, most people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, after treatment for hyperthyroidism with radiation or surgery, eventually develop hypothyroidism. At that point, you will need to start taking medication that replaces the thyroid hormone your thyroid is not naturally producing.
The goal of treatment is to achieve a normal level of thyroid hormone in your body. You will have to take this medication indefinitely and have blood tests regularly (every 6 months) to be sure the dosage of your medicine is still adequate.
Treatment involves the following:
Currently, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of hypothyroidism.
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists website. Available at: http://www.aace.com/ .
American Thyroid Association website. Available at: http://www.thyroid.org/ .
Roberts CG, Ladenson RW. Hypothyroidism. Lancet. 2004;363:793-803.
Last reviewed November 2008 by ]]>David Juan, MD]]>
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