Researchers examined the link between fractures and levothyroxine, widely used to treat an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
- Many patients with hypothyroidism are diagnosed in early or middle adulthood but remain on the same drug dose as they age.
- This can lead to excess levels of thyroid hormone, which increases the risk of fractures, especially in older women.
They analyzed data from over 213,500 patients, aged 70 or older who filled at least one prescription for levothyroxine during the study period. More than 22,000 (10.4 percent) of the patients suffered at least one fracture.
- So check with your physician about your dosage if you are using this medication.