Underactive thyroid is a very common condition nowadays that is also known as hyperthyroidism. Thousands of people are affected with this condition due to their poor lifestyle, diet and some other circumstances. It refers to a state in which the person’s thyroid hormone production is below normal. Actually, there are many disorders that result in hyperthyroidism such as thyroid removal, autoimmune disorders, pituitary disease and iodine deficiency. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include depression, fatigue, hair loss, memory loss, constipation and dry skin. With the exception of some cases, this condition requires life-long medication.An underactive thyroid is usually treated by taking daily hormone replacement tablet known as levothyroxine. However, there some other drugs also available to control the symptoms of underactive thyroid such as Liothyronine (LT3), levothroid, cytomel, nature-thyroid, armour thyroid and synthroid. They are actually thyroid hormones which usually used to treat this condition. They help to supplement the natural thyroid hormones in the body. These drugs generally used in the treatment of low thyroid activity, treating or suppressing the different types of thyroid condition. A drug is classified by the chemical types of active ingredients or by the way it is used to treat a particular condition. Each drug contain several classes of drugs.
Standard treatment for hyperthyroidism includes daily use of synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine such as levothroid, synthroid and many more. These oral drugs restore adequate hormones level and reduce the signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism. You may start a low dose of levothyroxine which may be increased gradually depending on how your body responds. Some people notice improvement soon after beginning of treatment while some does not experience any improvement for several months. So, it is depend on your body mechanism how much time it takes to respond to these drugs. After starting these drugs, you will usually have a blood test in a year to monitor your hormones levels. You should consult your doctor they’ll prescribe the adequate dosage of drugs for you. If you are prescribed levothyroxine, you should take one tablet at the same time on each day. It is usually recommended to take tablet in morning but some people prefer to take at night. The effectiveness of this tablet can be altered by other medications, supplements and foods so, you should avoid eating for 30 minutes after taking this tablet. Hyperthyroidism is a lifelong condition, so you will need to take levothyroxine for life long. Usually, levothyroxine does not have any side effects, because the tablets simply replace the missing hormones. Side effects generally occur when you take overdose of levothyroxine which include vomiting, chest pain, diarrhea and headache. Liothyronine (LT3) is a synthetic form of natural thyroid hormone which is converted from levothyroxine. It is not intended for use as sole maintenance therapy but in rare cases it is used with the levothyroxine. Although most doctors recommend synthetic thyroxin and natural extract containing thyroid hormones that derived from the thyroid glands of pigs.
It is true fact that medicines or drugs can reduce the symptoms for short time but in long run it will start giving you some side effects. The best choice of treatment option for under active thyroid can be therapies and herbal supplements. Ayurvedic treatment is considered safe for any illness because they do not use any chemical to treat your diseases. If you see improvement in your symptoms by using these drugs, that’s a good indication for you. But, if you are not feeling good and no sign of improvement, get a second opinion, third opinion, even ten medical opinion until you find a doctor who explores the options to find what’s right for you.