What is thyroid hormone therapy?

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Thyroid hormone therapy is the use of synthetic thyroid hormones to raise abnormally low levels of thyroid hormones. Often used to treat an underactive thyroid that is secreting little or no thyroid hormones, thyroid hormone therapy is usually administered in pill form. The most commonly prescribed thyroid hormone replacement is pure synthetic thyroxine (T4).

Medical Reviewers: Bass, Pat F. III, MD, MPH Last Review Date: Apr 26, 2013

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