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Is levothyroxine taken for life?

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An underactive thyroid is a lifelong condition, so you’ll usually need to take levothyroxine for the rest of your life. If you’re prescribed levothyroxine because you have an underactive thyroid, you’re entitled to a medical exemption certificate. This means you don’t have to pay for your prescriptions.

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Is levothyroxine safe long term?

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Yes, it’s safe to take levothyroxine for a long time, even many years. High doses of levothyroxine over a long time can sometimes cause weakening of the bones (osteoporosis). This shouldn’t happen if you are on the right dose. It’s important to have regular blood tests to make sure your dose isn’t too high.