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What is high TSH treatment?

What is high TSH treatment?

Standard treatment for hypothyroidism involves daily use of the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Levo-T, Synthroid, others). This oral medication restores adequate hormone levels, reversing the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism. You’ll likely start to feel better soon after you start treatment.

Why are TSH levels important?

It also plays an important role in regulating your weight, body temperature, muscle strength, and even your mood. TSH is made in a gland in the brain called the pituitary. When thyroid levels in your body are low, the pituitary gland makes more TSH. When thyroid levels are high, the pituitary gland makes less TSH.

Should a TSH of 6 Be Treated?

Treatment is sometimes recommended already starting at TSH levels of over 6 mU/L in people with high levels of thyorid antibodies (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis). That is done to prevent subclinical hypothyroidism from becoming overt hypothyroidism. There is hardly any research on whether treatment can achieve that goal.

What does it mean when your TSH level is below normal?

So, when you’ve gone for a checkup and your TSH comes in below normal (which means that TSH is being suppressed because thyroid hormone levels are already high), your doctor may want to reduce your dosage of thyroid hormone because you are already hyperthyroid.

Which is more important, your TSH or your free thyroid?

In addition, we know that taking thyroid medication and lowering your TSH does not automatically mean that your free thyroid hormone levels are optimized. And in terms of impacting how you feel, your free thyroid hormone levels are much more important than your TSH .

Do you need to stop taking medication to check your TSH level?

In general, there is no need to stop taking your medicine(s) before having your TSH level checked. However, it is important to let the doctor know what medications you are taking as some drugs can affect thyroid function. For example, thyroid function must be monitored if you are taking lithium.

Can a TSH test be used to diagnose thyroid disease?

The TSH test usually isn’t the only one used to diagnose thyroid disorders. Other tests, like the free T3, the free T4, the reverse T3, and the anti-TPO antibody, are often used too when determining whether you need thyroid treatment or not. Treatment for an underactive thyroid usually involves taking a synthetic thyroid hormone by pill daily.