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Who should take levothyroxine?

Levothyroxine is intended for people with certain thyroid conditions, including hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels), goiter (enlarged thyroid gland) and some thyroid cancers. Hypothyroidism can occur from problems with the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus (a part of the brain just above the pituitary gland) or the thyroid gland itself. People can be born with thyroid gland dysfunction, and dysfunction can occur because of radiation, drugs or surgery. Levothyroxine treats hypothyroidism due to any of these causes. In addition, levothyroxine can treat or prevent various types of goiter, including Hashimoto's thyroiditis, multinodular goiter and thyroid nodules. Levothyroxine is also used along with radioiodine therapy and surgery to treat some kinds of thyroid cancer.

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