Thyroid Disorders

What are effective treatments for an underactive thyroid?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Effective Thyroid Treatments

    What happens when your thyroid isn't working? In this video, Dr. Oz advises on  alternatives to  synthetic thyroid medication for women suffering from a sluggish thyroid.

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  • Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is treated with thyroid medication. Levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, etc), a synthetic thyroid hormone, is most commonly used. Levothyroxine is T4 which is the long-acting storage form of thyroid hormone. This medication replaces the hormone from your thyroid.

    More information can be found at the American Thyroid Association (ATA) website Thyroid: hypothyroidism - treatment

  • AAviva Romm, MD, Functional Medicine, answered
    What are some effective treatments for an underactive thyroid?
    Effective treatments for an underactive thyroid include dietary changes, as well as thyroid treatments using medications. Watch integrative medicine expert Aviva Romm, MD, discuss foods to support thyroid function and treatment with medication. 
  • ALisa Lynn, Fitness, answered
    There are many causes of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), and you want to make sure you know why your thyroid isn't working properly so you can treat it accurately. It doesn't matter if your thyroid is underactive because you have Hashimoto's disease, goiter or your hormones have slowed it down. Most times, your doctor will treat you with thyroid hormone pills and you will start to feel better within a week or two.
  • ASusan Blum, MD, MPH, Integrative Medicine, answered
    What are effective treatments for an underactive thyroid?

    Treatment options for underactive thyroid include dietary changes to add key minerals, ashwagandha supplements, and thyroid hormone replacement. Watch functional medicine expert Susan Blum, MD, share a few methods that can improve thyroid function.

  • AJames Lee, MD, Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of Surgery
    Hypothyroidism is caused by an lack of adequate production and secretion of the thyroid hormone, a patient can often supplement the normal body's production of the hormone by injesting the hormone in pill form. Most patients are given T4  in a weight-based dose (1.6 mcg/kg) and because it administers something naturally produced by the body, there are minimal side effects or allergic reactions. However, symptoms associated with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism may been seen is patients are taking too much or too little thyroid hormone. It is important for patients to work closely with their thyroidologist to determine the correct dose of thyroid hormone. 
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