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How is Hypothyroidism diagnosed?
- Risk Factors
- Personal & Family Medical History
Thyroid Blood Tests Your Healthcare Provider May Consider1,2
1. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) TSH level is elevated when the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone
2. Free Thyroxine (T4) Measures the free T4 in the blood that is unattached to proteins, which is what your body’s cells use
3. Free Triiodothyronine (T3) Measures the free T3 in the blood that is unattached to proteins
4. Thyroid Autoantibodies
- Detects antibodies to thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPOAb) and thyroglobulin antibody (TGAb) that attack the thyroid
- Indicates the likelihood of autoimmune thyroiditis being the cause
REFERENCES: 1. Hormonal Health Network. Hypothyroidism Fact Sheet. N.p.: Hormonal Health Network, n.d. Hormone. Endocrine Society. Updated November, 2019. Accessed June 15, 2021. https://www.hormone.org/diseases-and-conditions/hypothyroidism 2. American Association of Clinical Endocrinology. Hypothyroidism. Updated December, 2016. Accessed June 15, 2021. https://www.thyroidawareness.com/hypothyroidism.
INDICATIONS & IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION INCLUDING BLACK BOX WARNING
Important Risk Information
Drugs with thyroid hormone activity, alone or together with other therapeutic agents, have been used for the treatment of obesity. In euthyroid patients, doses within the range of daily hormonal requirements are ineffective for weight reduction. Larger doses may produce serious or even life-threatening manifestations of toxicity, particularly when given in association with sympathomimetic amines such as those used for their anorectic effects.
- NP Thyroid® is contraindicated in patients with uncorrected adrenal insufficiency, untreated thyrotoxicosis, and hypersensitivity to any component of the product.
- In the elderly and in patients with cardiovascular disease, NP Thyroid® should be used with greater caution than younger patients or those without cardiovascular disease.
- Use of NP Thyroid® in patients with diabetes mellitus or adrenal cortical insufficiency may worsen the intensity of their symptoms.
- The therapy of myxedema coma requires simultaneous administration of glucocorticoids.
- Concomitant use of NP Thyroid® with oral anticoagulants alters the sensitivity of oral anticoagulants. Prothrombin time should be closely monitored in thyroid-treated patients on oral anticoagulants.
- In infants, excessive doses of NP Thyroid® may produce craniosynostosis.
- Partial loss of hair may be experienced by children in the first few months of therapy but is usually transient.
- Adverse reactions associated with NP Thyroid® therapy are primarily those of hyperthyroidism due to therapeutic overdosage.
- Many drugs and some laboratory tests may alter the therapeutic response to NP Thyroid®. In addition, thyroid hormones and thyroid status have varied effects on the pharmacokinetics and actions of other drugs. Administer at least 4 hours before or after drugs that are known to interfere with absorption. Evaluate the need for dose adjustments when regularly administering within one hour of certain foods that may affect absorption.
- NP Thyroid® should not be discontinued during pregnancy, and hypothyroidism diagnosed during pregnancy should be promptly treated.
NP Thyroid® (thyroid tablets, USP) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat a condition called hypothyroidism from any cause, except for cases of temporary hypothyroidism, which is usually associated with an inflammation of the thyroid (thyroiditis). It is meant to replace or supplement a hormone that is usually made by your thyroid gland.
NP Thyroid® is also used in the treatment and prevention of normal functioning thyroid goiters, such as thyroid nodules, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multinodular goiter, and in the management of thyroid cancer.