Levothyroxine

Levothyroxine is a drug used to treat hypothyroidism, which is a condition that results from underactive thyroid gland. It provides thyroid hormone to the body. The side effects include increased appetite, weight loss, excessive sweating, nervousness, and anxiety.

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Is high TSH after delivery a sign of postpartum thyroiditis?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife, who is 29 years old, had symptoms of tiredness and dry skin. So, we tested her thyroid function. I found that her serum TSH level was 150 as well as free T4 below normal. Is this symptom of hypothyroidism? She delivered a baby seven months ago and the test was done recently. She ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sakthivel Sivasubramanian

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be postpartum thyroiditis or unmasking of autoimmune hypothyroidism. As it is most likely to be the latter, kindly start her on Thyroxine 75-100 mcg once daily (Levothyroxine) depending upon her weight. Check TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), FT4 (...  Read Full »

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