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Westhroid Dosage

Since everyone has varying responses to medications and varying degrees of hypothyroidism, each Westhroid dosage must be individualized. Most people will start with a low dosage, and based on the results of blood tests that are used to monitor your thyroid function, your healthcare provider will gradually increase your dose accordingly. A typical adult usually ends up taking a Westhroid dose of 60 to 120 mg daily.

Westhroid Dosage: An Introduction

The dose of Westhroid™ (thyroid USP) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • The results of certain thyroid blood tests
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Any other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.

Is There a "Standard" Westhroid Dose?

Because people have varying responses to medications, as well as varying degrees of hypothyroidism and other thyroid problems, Westhroid is not a "one-size-fits-all" medication. Instead, the dose must be individualized. It often takes quite awhile to find the best dose for an individual, and your dose may need to be adjusted every once in awhile, even if you have been stable for a while. It is important to understand that it can take a few weeks -- or sometimes even a few months -- for your body to adjust to any change in dose. Be patient during this time, as increasing the dose too quickly can easily result in a dose that is too high.
Most healthcare providers start with a low Westhroid dose and slowly work up to the best dose. You will need frequent blood tests to monitor your thyroid function, and the results of these tests will guide your healthcare provider in making any necessary dosing adjustments. It would be irresponsible for your healthcare provider to prescribe Westhroid without the proper monitoring using blood tests. Consider seeking a second opinion if your healthcare provider recommends the drug without performing any thyroid blood tests.
People with heart problems and elderly people are usually started on lower doses, due to the risk of heart problems. A typical adult usually ends up taking Westhroid 60 to 120 mg per day, although many people may need more or less.
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