Is it possible to no longer need thyroid medication?
ANSWER: For mild cases of hypothyroidism, not all patients need treatment. Occasionally, the condition may resolve without treatment. Follow-up appointments are important to monitor hypothyroidism over time, however. If hypothyroidism doesn’t go away on its own within several months, then treatment is necessary.
Do you have to take medication for hypothyroidism for life?
You’ll need to keep taking thyroid medicine throughout your life to control your hormone levels. Keep up with your treatment and you’ll see results.
What happens if I miss my thyroid medication for a week?
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s almost time for your next dose. In this case just skip the forgotten dose and take the next one at the usual time. Do not take 2 doses together to make up for a missed dose.
What are the long-term effects of taking levothyroxine?
You may experience a racing heartbeat, chest pain, and tightness, or even a heart attack. Fast or irregular heartbeats (like atrial fibrillation), palpitations, and abnormal heart rhythms need to be treated appropriately. High levels of thyroid hormone can also lead to heart failure (Klein, 2007).
What happens if you don’t take thyroid medication for 3 days?
Skipping or stopping your antithyroid medication or thyroid hormone replacement will lead to undesirable and possibly dangerous effects. Not taking your medication also increases your risk of fatal conditions like myxedema coma if you are hypothyroid, and thyroid storm if you are hyperthyroid.
What happens if I miss 3 days of levothyroxine?
What happens if I miss my thyroid medication for 3 days?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. Tell your doctor if you miss two or more doses of thyroid in a row.