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May 2019

UK thyroid patients commonly being ‘over-treated’

Hypothyroidism currently affects around one in 20 people and is more common amongst women and people in older age. Patients with the condition are commonly prescribed lifelong daily hormone pills, usually either levothyroxine (T4) or the more expensive liothyronine (T3). NHS figures show that in 2018, over 32 million prescriptions for levothyroxine were issued in…

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