• Treatments for Hypothyroidism

    The goal of treatment is to get a normal level of thyroid hormone in your body. This is checked using a routine thyroid function blood test called a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). A normal range is around 0.4-4.5 mIU/L. This is reached by taking a replacement thyroid hormone by pill.
    You will likely need thyroid hormone replacement for the rest of your life. The thyroid gland does not regrow.
    Treatment involves the following:
    Lifestyle changesMedications
    There are no surgical procedures to treat hypothyroidism.


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