Overtreating the thyroid

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Science Based Medicine

Millions take thyroid medication every day. Is it really necessary?

Levothyroxine was one of the first drugs I dispensed as a pharmacist where a patient became visibly upset with me after receiving (what she thought) was a generic version of the drug. The store I was working in had recently changed their labelling to show the generic name, instead of the brand name, on each vial. The drug being dispensed didn’t change – just the label. One patient, who had been taking Synthroid (a brand of levothyroxine) for years, was livid with me for suddenly giving her “levothyroxine”. I tried to explain that the drug was the same one that she’d been receiving, that levothyroxine was the generic name for Synthroid, and that I hadn’t actually switched anything. She wouldn’t accept my explanation, stating that her symptoms had worsened since “you switched the drug”. It was an early lesson

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