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A 41-year-old member asked:

is there typically an adjustment period to hypothyroid medication?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Lang
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Yes: The most common cause is autoimmune or hashimoto's hypothyroidism. Especially in the beginning, this can fluctuate leading to unpredictable changes in the hormone level. This will require monitoring and dose adjustment.
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Your body will adjust to new meds and you may have to increase or decrease the dose over time. Go by how you feel and not just lab numbers.

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A 52-year-old member asked:

Can hypothyroidism be cured?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Not usually: Occasionally, hypothyroidism is caused by a temporary condition such as thyroiditis, or inflammation of the thyroid gland. Such cases usually do resolve, and the thyroid goes back to making normal amounts of thyroid hormone. Most of the time, however, the thyroid gland makes less and less thyroid hormone over time, and lifelong treatment with thyroid hormone is needed.
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Can hypothyroidism cause heavy and long periods?

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Yes: Hypothyroidism slows down your metabolism and can prolong your period making it lasts longer and heavier.
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How common is hypothyroidism?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Fairly common: About 3% of the general population has hypothyroidism. It is more common in women than in men, and can run in families.
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Is hypothyroidism incurable?

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No: Hypothyroid is very curable. As long as you take the right amount of thyroid hormone replacement, you should not be hypothyroid anymore.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Are hypothyroid medications effective?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Levothyroxine: Thyroid hormone replacement with levothyroxine is the standard of care for patients with hypothyroidism.

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