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How often should I get my thyroid levels checked?

Thyroid levels are not routinely checked unless your doctor has clinical suspicion that there may be a problem with how the thyroid gland is functioning. If you are taking medication for a thyroid abnormality, the frequency for checking your thyroid levels may vary depending on your diagnosis and whether you are just starting treatment, titrating the dose of your medication or have been stable on treatment for some time.
At the start of therapy, your physician will probably check your thyroid levels, such as your TSH, 6 weeks after each dose change. Once your thyroid levels are in the normal range, levels are usually rechecked only once yearly. If you are having symptoms of hypothyroidism though, you should make an appointment with your physician and ask to have your levels rechecked as your dose may need to be adjusted.

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