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About Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, is a disorder in which your thyroid gland doesn’t make enough hormones to meet your body’s needs. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck which produces hormones that control how your body uses energy. These important hormones control many of your body’s most important functions including your metabolism, breathing, heart rate, digestion, and mood. When your thyroid slows down, these functions can be negatively affected.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Muscle weakness, stiffness, and/or aches
  • Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • Memory problems
  • Sudden weight gain (and difficulty losing it)
  • High cholesterol
  • Slow heart rate
  • Dry, thinning hair
  • Dry skin
  • Decreased tolerance for cold
  • Swelling of the thyroid gland (called a goiter)
  • A puffy face

Women may experience heavy or irregular periods and fertility problems

Hypothyroidism generally develops slowly. Because of this, it sometimes takes several months, or even years, before the symptoms are noticed. Once detected, however, it is usually treatable.

Hypothyroidism Causes

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. This is usually caused by an underlying condition.

Common causes of hypothyroidism include:

Autoimmune Conditions: Autoimmune conditions, like Hashimoto's disease, occur when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy tissue of the thyroid gland. This damages the thyroid and affects its ability to produce thyroid hormone.

Thyroiditis: Thyroiditis is the inflammation of the thyroid gland, usually caused by an infection or autoimmune disorder. This can cause the thyroidism to overproduce thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), then become underactive.

Medication Usage: Certain medications can affect the thyroid gland's ability to produce thyroid hormone. If you begin to notice the signs or symptoms listed above while taking a prescription medication, talk to a health care provider right away.

Hypothyroidism Risk Factors

Hypothyroidism can affect anyone regardless of medical history, age, or gender. There are, however, several risk factors that might make you more susceptible for developing this condition.

You might be at greater risk for developing hypothyroidism if you are:

  • A woman
  • Have a family history of thyroid conditions
  • Have an autoimmune condition like Type 1 diabetes
  • Have had thyroid surgery
  • Have received radiation therapy to the thyroid or neck
  • Have undergone therapy for hyperthyroidism
Common Medication
Treatment Options

Below is a list of common medications used to treat hypothyroidism, which a doctor or provider on Sesame can prescribe.

Note that all prescriptions are at the discretion of your doctor.

Look below for more information about medications used to treat hypothyroidsm. During your appointment, talk to your doctor about whether or not a hormone replacement treatment plan is right for you.

Sesame FAQs

Frequently asked questions about hypothyroidism treatment on Sesame

Sesame offers convenient and affordable online doctor visits with licensed health providers across the country. If you have a history of hypothyroidism or are noticing the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism, book a visit right away to discuss diagnosis and testing options.

Online doctor visits can be conducted in the comfort and privacy of your own home. During your visit, you will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A thyroid panel test is required to definitively diagnose hypothyroidism. If your doctor thinks you may be experiencing hypothyroidism, they will talk to you about scheduling follow-up testing for a diagnosis. Sesame will reach out to you about next steps and how to schedule a thyroid lab test.

If your follow-up testing shows that you are experiencing an underactive thyroid, your health care provider will provide a treatment plan. This may include prescription medication and dietary/ lifestyle adjustments. If appropriate, your doctor can prescribe medication through Sesame. Depending on the medication, you can have your prescription delivered to your home or ready for same-day pickup at a pharmacy of your choice. Book a visit today to get started on treatment right away.

Yes! Sesame makes it easier than ever to get a new prescription or refill a prescription from the comfort of your own home! To discuss a new online prescription or refill, book a video visit with a doctor or nurse on Sesame to discuss a new online prescription or refill. Clinicians on Sesame can prescribe drugs that help treat hypothyroidism.

Note that providers on Sesame cannot prescribe controlled substances.

Book a video visit on based on the health care you need, and pick up a new prescription or existing prescription refill at a pharmacy of your choice. Browse services on Sesame, set up an appointment with a real doctor at your convenience, and get the care you need.

A thyroid panel is a series of blood tests that help determine whether or not your thyroid gland is functioning properly. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that lies below your Adam’s apple in the front of the neck. The gland is responsible for the production of the triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) hormones, which regulate your body’s metabolism. Thyroid panel tests are used to determine the levels of thyroid hormones you have in your body.

Booking an appointment with a doctor or nurse online is typically the fastest way to get a prescription! Sesame offers same-day online doctor prescription and prescription refill appointments with board-certified healthcare professionals. If deemed clinically necessary, Sesame providers can provide prescriptions and prescription refills for most non-controlled substances. They can also provide you with a doctor’s note if necessary.

Most online prescription and prescription refill appointments take around 15 minutes, and providers are able to send a prescription to a pharmacy of your choice right after your appointment.

Sesame offers online prescription and refill services at affordable prices, starting at just $34. If a new prescription is determined necessary by a provider, clinicians on Sesame can prescribe medication that helps treat blood pressure, infections, allergies, cholesterol problems, thyroid conditions, and more!

Yep! If you request a prescription transfer, you can easily move your prescription from one pharmacy to another. Plus, many pharmacies now offer mail services for home delivery. Here's how to request a prescription refill at a different pharmacy:

1) Call your new preferred pharmacy to request a transfer.

2) Provide that pharmacy with health insurance/ prescription info

3) Wait for the prescription to be transferred before you pick it up. It usually takes pharmacies a few days to transfer a prescription, but you will get a notification once this step has been completed. Either go pick up your prescription in person or set up home delivery.

If you need a prescription refill, book a visit with a real, quality doctor on Sesame today. Doctors on Sesame can refill prescriptions for high blood pressure, birth control, allergies, and more! Save up to 60% on your prescription refill visit when you book with Sesame.

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