Thyroid Replacement Therapy

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Thyroid gland dysfunction is the abnormal production of thyroid hormones from your thyroid gland and can occur in two different forms. Hyperthyroidism is the overproduction of thyroid hormone and underproduction is called hypothyroidism. Although symptoms are very unpleasant and miserable, both types of thyroid dysfunction are treatable. Hypothyroidism has a tendency to make people have a lack of energy, experience weight gain, and feel sluggish and cold. Hyperthyroidism has the exact opposite effect and makes people feel hyperactive, have an irregular or pounding heartbeat, nervousness, and sweating.

Depending on the diagnosis from your doctor, treatment can be replacement thyroid (for hypothyroidism) or anti-thyroid (for hyperthyroidism) medication and sometimes surgery. Thyroid Replacement Therapy is used specifically in hypothyroidism conditions because we have to replace the normal thyroid hormones not being produced by the body.

Normal functioning thyroid glands secrete two distinct types of thyroid hormones: Tri-iodothyronine/Liothyronine (T3) and Levothyroxine (T4). T4 is the inactive form of thyroid hormone that is converted into the active form, T3. In Thyroid Replacement Therapy, medications of T3, T4, or a combination of the two are often used. Physicians may prescribe a commercially available approved drug or a compounded medication.

The following examples may explain when a compounded thyroid medication may benefit you:

Different strength of T3 or T4 that is not available commercially available

Different combination of T3 and T4 that are not commercially available

Dye-free thyroid medication

Key Pharmacy’s thyroid powders are obtained through FDA-registered facilities in order for us to produce the highest quality compounded thyroid medication for you. Our pharmacists will work closely with you and your physician to prepare the perfect balance of thyroid medication needed for your body.