Avoid prescribing desiccated (natural) thyroid extract

20 January 2022Levothyroxine is the standard of care for treating hypothyroidism. Desiccated or natural thyroid extracts (DTE) are not routinely recommended.

Using kelp in patients on levothyroxine or with thyroid disorders

24 May 2021Information on why patients use kelp, how it can affect thyroid function and how this can affect levothyroxine effectiveness.
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Lactation Safety Information

Limited evidence shows very small amounts pass into breast milk when given as a supplement.
Adequate thyroid hormone serum levels in the mother are required for normal lactation; thyroid hormones are a normal component of breast milk
Supplementation aims to replace normal thyroid hormone production, therefore supplementation does not confer additional risk compared to a euthyroid mother.
No adverse effects have been reported in breastfed infants.
12 October 2021