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Westhroid and Pregnancy

If a pregnant woman has documented thyroid problems and does not take a medication like Westhroid (thyroid USP), pregnancy problems could occur. Untreated hypothyroidism can cause serious complications during pregnancy, including miscarriages. If you are taking Westhroid and pregnancy occurs, your healthcare provider may need to increase your dosage and continue to do so throughout the pregnancy.

Westhroid and Pregnancy: An Overview

Westhroid™ (thyroid USP) is a prescription medication used to treat hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) and numerous other thyroid problems. When used appropriately, the drug is considered safe for use during pregnancy. In fact, taking Westhroid during pregnancy if you need it can help prevent certain pregnancy problems.

Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy

Hypothyroidism can cause serious problems during pregnancy, such as miscarriages, especially if it is not treated appropriately. Therefore, it is important to treat an underactive thyroid during pregnancy. If you are already taking Westhroid, it is possible (perhaps even likely) that your dose may need to be increased throughout your pregnancy. In fact, your dose may need to be increased as early as four weeks into your pregnancy. Your healthcare provider should monitor you closely and adjust your Westhroid dosage as necessary.

Westhroid and Pregnancy Category A

Thyroid hormone medications such as Westhroid are considered pregnancy Category A medications. Pregnancy Category A is given to medicines that have been thoroughly studied in pregnant humans and that do not appear to cause any harm to the fetus. Very few medications have been given this classification; it is an excellent indication that a medication is safe for use during pregnancy. You can feel confident that Westhroid is one of the safest medications for use in pregnancy when used appropriately.
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