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People who have hypothyroidism
need treatment with thyroid hormone medicine. Depending on the cause of their
hypothyroidism, they may need treatment for the rest of their lives.
Taking certain supplements, such as calcium or iron (or both), at the
same time as thyroid hormone medicine may reduce the amount of thyroid hormone
medicine absorbed by the body. Take calcium supplements at least 4 hours before
or after taking thyroid hormone medicine. Also avoid
taking iron supplements at the same time as thyroid medicine.
to your doctor about whether you need to change your dose of thyroid medicine
if you also take birth control pills or other hormones. You may need to take
more thyroid hormone medicine than you would if you were not taking these
Follow-up visits with your
doctor are important to make sure that you are taking the correct dose of
medicine. Most people have blood tests 6 to 8 weeks after
starting treatment. After thyroid hormone levels return to normal, thyroid
function tests are typically rechecked once a year.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 07, 2012
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