Risks Associated with Treating Hypothyroidism: Potential hazards of L-thyroxine therapy. Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Most patients with hypothyroidism can be treated simply and safely with physiologic replacement dosages of L-thyroxine. Recently, concerns have been raised about potential hazards of L-thyroxine therapy, including a possible increased risk of osteoporosis and ischemic heart disease. The author reviews these concerns and describes a modern approach to initiation and maintenance of thyroid hormone replacement therapy.

publication date

  • June 1992