Standard Treatment for Underactive Thyroid Gland Still Best: Experts
The drug levothyroxine remains first choice, guidelines say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Hypothyroidism (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New ATA Guidelines Stick With Levothyroxine for HypothyroidismNew ATA Guidelines Stick With Levothyroxine for Hypothyroidism
New ATA guidelines for hypothyroidism conclude that there is insufficient evidence to support the use of combination therapy for this condition and recommend levothyroxine alone as standard of care. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - October 2, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

New guidelines for treatment of hypothyroidism endorse current therapy
(Georgetown University Medical Center) Levothyroxine is considered the gold standard therapy for an underactive thyroid gland, and a new review of therapies for the condition -- including combining levothyroxine with another agent -- has not altered that assessment, say a team of investigators.Their analysis, published as a set of guidelines in the journal Thyroid (available free online), finds insufficient consistent data exist to recommend a change in use of levothyroxine -- whether generic, or sold under various trade names, such as Synthroid -- as the only drug needed to treat hypothyroidism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 30, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New hypothyroidism treatment guidelines from American Thyroid Association
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Levothyroxine (L-T4), long the standard of care for treating hypothyroidism, is effective in most patients, but some individuals do not regain optimal health on L-T4 monotherapy. An expert task force of the American Thyroid Association on thyroid hormone replacement reviewed the latest studies on L-T4 therapy and on alternative treatments to determine whether a change to the current standard of care is appropriate, and they present their recommendations in an article published in Thyroid. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 30, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Clinical review: Hypothyroidism
An overview of the diagnosis and management of hypothyroidism, including causes, investigations, the effect of pregnancy on thyroid function and treatment with levothyroxine. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - September 11, 2014 Category: Primary Care Tags: Thyroid disorders Source Type: news

High TSH levels after hypothyroidism therapy increase miscarriage risk (Healio, 21 August 2014)
Women treated with levothyroxine are likely to have thyroid-stimulating hormone levels above the gestational target, linking them to a higher risk for miscarriage, according to research published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Full article (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - August 22, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Top 100 Most Prescribed, Top-Selling DrugsTop 100 Most Prescribed, Top-Selling Drugs
The hypothyroid drug levothyroxine continues to be the most prescribed drug in the US and the antipsychotic aripiprazole continues to have the highest sales. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

This Week in the Endocrine Journals
(MedPage Today) -- Studies making an impact in endocrinology this week: levothyroxine interactions, sevelamer for type 2 diabetes? (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 18, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Top 100 Most Prescribed, Top Selling DrugsTop 100 Most Prescribed, Top Selling Drugs
The thyroid drug levothyroxine continues to be the most prescribed drug in the United States, and the antipsychotic aripiprazole continues to have the most sales, new data indicate. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - May 13, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Treating Subclinical Hypothyroidism Doesn't Reduce DeathsTreating Subclinical Hypothyroidism Doesn't Reduce Deaths
In patients with subclinical hypothyroidism, levothyroxine substitution does not appear to reduce all-cause mortality, suggesting a conservative approach to treatment in these patients is preferable. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - May 5, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Thyroid medication has no effect on death rates in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism
Treating subclinical hypothyroidism with levothyroxine has no effect on overall mortality rates, according to research. Subclinical hypothyroidism is a mild form of underactive thyroid disease where patients have raised levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) but a normal concentration of free thyroid hormone. This condition is associated with certain risk factors for increased mortality such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 4, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Optimal Levothyroxine Doses for Hypothyroidism in PregnancyOptimal Levothyroxine Doses for Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy
A new study has identified specific levothyroxine doses to be given to pregnant women with newly discovered subclinical hypothyroidism. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Levothyroxine for Borderline Thyroid Hormone Levels Overprescribed?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Widespread prescribing of the medication levothyroxine sodium to boost thyroid function in patients with borderline high levels of the thyroid-stimulating hormone thyrotropin (a sign of low thyroid function), might raise the possibility of overtreatment, according to research in the United Kingdom. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)
Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com - October 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study examines widespread prescribing of levothyroxine for borderline thyroid hormone levels, overtreatment
A study of patients in the United Kingdom suggests widespread prescribing of the medication levothyroxine sodium to boost thyroid function among patients with borderline high levels of the thyroid-stimulating hormone thyrotropin (a sign of low thyroid function), raising the possibility of overtreatment, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Endocrinology Source Type: news

People Increasingly Prescribed Levothyroxine for Subclinical Hypothyroidism (FREE)
By Kelly Young Prescriptions for levothyroxine have increased markedly since 2002, and many people are potentially being overtreated for subclinical hypothyroidism, according to a JAMA Internal Medicine study. U.K. researchers retrospectively assessed thyrotropin levels among some … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - October 8, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news