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What is Hashimoto's disease?

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TREATMENT

"Treatment for Hashimoto's disease often consists of thyroid hormone replacement using a medication called levothyroxine," adds Dr. Sever. "Levothyroxine is generally dosed based on the patient's weight. It's very important to make sure you follow directions while using medication of this nature, as it is recommended levothyroxine be taken on an empty stomach 30-60 minutes before eating."

After starting on medication, thyroid hormone testing must be repeated in six to eight weeks for dose adjustment, with the goal of returning your thyroid hormone level to a normal range.

"Make sure to speak to your primary medical care provider if you have any questions," says Dr. Sever. "They can provide answers to help keep you and your thyroid healthy."

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