Hypothyroidism is the opposite of hyperthyroidism – or overactive thyroid – a condition in which the thyroid gland makes too much thyroxine.
Not having enough thyroxine can cause unpleasant symptoms throughout your body because thyroxine helps control how your body uses energy and how well your cells, tissues and organs work.
Did you know?
According to the American Thyroid Association, about 2%-3% of Americans have pronounced hypothyroidism, and about 10%-15% have mild hypothyroidism. More than 50% of people with hypothyroidism don't even know they have it.
Synthroid can help restore thyroid balance
Synthroid is a hypothyroidism medication that replaces the thyroxine your thyroid gland can't make enough of naturally anymore. And different people have different needs. Some people still have some thyroid function and only need a small dose of medicine to replace the thyroxine that is missing, while others don't have much thyroid function and need a higher dose of medicine.
This is why Synthroid comes in 12 precise dosage strengths to allow your doctor to prescribe the right amount of medicine you need to help restore your thyroid hormone balance.
You will need to work with your doctor to find the dose that is right for you. This means visits to the doctor’s office for lab tests, especially during the first months of treatment.
Test Your Knowledge
A common hypothyroidism symptom is feeling fatigue.
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