A 39-year-old female asked:
i'm having a complete thyroidectomy in a few wks. will be put on 100mg levothyroxine. should i be on cytomel or natural desiccated thyroid as well?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Edward Workman answered
Specializes in Pain Management
Depends on response: Most people following thyroidectomy do fine on synthroid (levythyroxine) alone, as long as your thyroid functions are monitored and the dose is occasionally changed, if necessary. However, some people produce too much reverse T3, in which case t3 (cytomel) augmentation can be useful. Only a very small minority need desiccated thyroid. Again, monitoring is the key.
Answered on Jun 11, 2017
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