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Q: I was wondering if synthroid is safe to take if you have been told you can't take hormones when going through the change. I noticed that synthroid is a hormone replacement.

Dr. Donnica:
Synthroid is a thyroid hormone, but that's not what they mean when they're talking about "hormone replacement therapy" or HRT. HRT specifically refers to replacing estrogen and progesterone, the most important female hormones, for women going through menopause and having menopausal symptoms.

While HRT may improve the quality of life for many women, it is not essential for life. For women with hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid), thyroid replacement hormone (e.g. Synthroid) is essential. You should discuss with your doctor exactly why you're taking Synthroid, if you are indeed taking it. You should also find out why you were told not to take HRT.

Best regards,
Donnica Moore, MD
President, DrDonnica.com

Created: 1/24/2004  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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