How do medications treat hypothyroidism?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Synthetic thyroxine, a thyroid hormone replacement drug, is the primary medicine used to treat hypothyroidism. It compensates for the body's inability to produce naturally a sufficient level of thyroid hormone. This drug must be used every day for life, even once symptoms are relieved. Synthetic thyroxine brings TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) levels back to normal.

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