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Preventing Hypothyroidism

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Reducing Your Risk

Several drugs may cause hypothyroidism, but the association is not definitive. Some examples are:

  • Perchlorate
  • Lithium
  • Thionamides
  • Sulfonamides
  • Ketoconazole
  • Large doses of iodine
  • Interleukin II
  • Interferon
  • Sunitinib

Although rare in the United States, iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism. A varied American diet and the use of iodized salt can avoid this nutritional deficiency. Your doctor or a registered dietitian can help you to identify foods rich in iodine, such as shellfish, iodized salt, breads, and cereals.



American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists website. Available at: .

David Sarne, Chapter 5a. Effects of the Environment, Chemicals and Drugs on Thyroid Function. Endotext, available at Published October 11, 2007. Accessed July 30, 2010.

Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 15th ed. McGraw-Hill; 2001.

Roberts CG, Ladenson RW. Hypothyroidism. Lancet. 2004;363:793-803.

Trumbo PR. Perchlorate consumption, iodine status, and thyroid function. Nutr Rev. 2010; 68(1):62-6.

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Posted 10 years ago

Hypothyroidism is a health condition indicating an under active thyroid gland. This means that your thyroid gland is not able to produce enough thyroid hormone to keep your body processes running smoothly. This means the presence of too little thyroid hormone in your body, compared to the required amount.

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