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Celebrating National Thyroid Awareness Month

Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

Updated on January 9th, 2024

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Happy National Thyroid Awareness Month! January is the time to shine a light on thyroid health. Did you know that one in ten people has a thyroid disorder, and many don't even know it? This month is all about understanding the thyroid gland, its disorders, and how to manage them.

Understanding Common Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid, a tiny butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, is a big deal when it comes to your health. It controls essential body functions, but sometimes it can go a bit haywire. Here's a quick look at the most common disorders:

  • Hyperthyroidism: Think of this as your thyroid in overdrive. It produces too much hormone, speeding up your metabolism. This can lead to weight loss, a racing heart, and feeling like you're always on fast-forward.
  • Hypothyroidism: This is the opposite – a sluggish thyroid. It doesn't make enough hormone, slowing everything down. Symptoms include feeling tired, being sensitive to cold, and unexpected weight gain.
  • Thyroid Cancer: Sometimes, cells in the thyroid grow uncontrollably, forming a cancerous tumor. Early on, it might not cause symptoms, but it can lead to a neck lump or trouble swallowing. The good news is, most thyroid cancers are treatable.

Diagnosing Thyroid Diseases

Doctors use your medical history, a physical exam, and blood tests to diagnose thyroid issues. Blood tests, especially, look at your thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels to figure out what's up with your thyroid.

Can You Treat Thyroid Disease?

Absolutely! Thyroid conditions are treatable, often with medication. Sometimes, surgery is needed, but that depends on the specific disorder.

What Are the Treatment Options?

Treatment for thyroid disease varies based on whether your thyroid is overactive or underactive:

  • For hypothyroidism, you might take synthetic thyroxine, like levothyroxine, or other medications to replace the missing hormone.
  • Hyperthyroidism treatment could involve medications to slow down your thyroid, like propylthiouracil or methimazole. Beta-blockers might also be used to ease symptoms like a rapid heart rate.

Save on Thyroid Medications with RxLess

Managing thyroid disorders often means medication, and this is where RxLess shines. Our handy app gives you real-time pricing for your thyroid medications, ensuring you get the best deal possible without surprise costs. Whether it's levothyroxine, methimazole, or another thyroid drug, RxLess can be your go-to tool for savings.

Medication Interactions: What to Watch For

Thyroid medications can interact with other drugs, so always keep your doctor in the loop about what else you're taking. Common interactions include oral contraceptives, some antidepressants, and cholesterol-lowering meds.

Remember, every thyroid journey is unique. If you think something might be up with your thyroid, reach out to your healthcare provider. Let's use this month to spread awareness and support each other in thyroid health!

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