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Thyroid Diseases

Hypothyroidism problem

07/07/2008

Question:

I am 25. I am having hypothyroidism. I am taking thyroxine 50, but my TSH level is not normal. It`s 5.59. What to do? How can I bring it under control? Please help.

Answer:

I would not be able to make specific comments based on your information. If your condition is a true hypothyroidism, in which low thyroid function leads to an elevated TSH level, then the dose of thyroid hormone replacement should be increased gradually to aim for a normal TSH level (between 1 and 3). However, if your TSH remains elevated despite the increasing doses of thyroid hormone, then you need to be evaluated by an endocrinologist to revisit the diagnosis.

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Response by:

Marzieh  Salehi, MD Marzieh Salehi, MD
Assistant Professor of Endocrinology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati