What are the treatment options for Hashimoto's disease?

Treatment of Hashimoto's disease typically focuses on hormone replacement therapy. This is done through a daily dose of synthetic thyroid hormone. 
  • Levothyroxine: identical to thyroxine which the hormone that is naturally produced by the thyroid gland. This will regulate both the symptoms and the hormone levels.
The way to correctly assess the amount required is to identify your thyroid stimulating hormone. If the dosage is too high, it can result in accelerated bone loss and arrhythmias. It is important to inform your doctor of any heart diseases that you may have as they will gradually increase your medication to allow your heart to adjust to the changes in metabolism. 

  • "Hashimoto's Disease." National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Sept. 2017. Web 30 May 2018. 
  • "Hashimoto's Disease." Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 3 Mar. 2018. Web 30 May 2018. 



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