The right medication in the correct dosage can work wonders for a thyroid disease patient. Combining medication with a good diet works even better, and after some time a patient may eradicate the need for medication. A patient with a TSH level of more than 3.0 needs treatment. Patients report that once they are on medication, their health improves and consequently the quality of life. No more hair loss, fatigue, and napping throughout the day.
But medication is not a life sentence. If the doctor treats the root cause of the autoimmunity, thyroid disease patients can go into complete remission. Consider the following facts about thyroid treatment.
Thyroid medication treats the symptoms rather than the cause of the thyroid disorder.
- 97% of people on thyroid medication are Hashimoto’s victims, but only a few are aware of their condition.
- Hashimoto’s has to be treated. Otherwise, the quality of life of its victims worsens.
- Hashimoto’s could cause infertility in its advanced phases.
- The longer Hashimoto’s is left untreated, the more symptoms the victim exhibits.
Types of medication
Synthroid is the most popular thyroid medication and is the most recommended. 90% of people who use this medication report that it helps them feel better. However, there are some people this medication cannot help. It is a prodrug that contains T4 hormone, which is an inactive form of the T3 hormone. The body should be able to convert T4 into T3, but some people cannot complete the conversion probably due to a nutrient deficiency or some other unclear reason.
Those individuals who cannot benefit from Synthroid should try T3/T4 medication. This medication contains the desiccated form of active T3 hormone and includes drugs such as Armour Thyroid, WP Thyroid, Nature Thyroid, and compounding pharmacists Compound T3/T4. A compounding pharmacist may make a drug with a predetermined ratio of T3 to T4 depending on the patient’s needs.
Combining Cytomel with conventional thyroid medication such as Levothyroxine and Synthyroid also works.