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Medications for Hashimoto's disease (Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis)

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on Feb 29, 2024.

Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland leading to the death of cells in the thyroid that produce hormones. Treatments replace missing thyroid hormone and include levothyroxine (such as Ermeza, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Tirosint-Sol, and Unithyroid) and desicated thyroid hormone (such as Armour-Thyroid, Nature-Thyroid, or Westhroid).

  • Levothyroxine may also be called L-thyroxine or T4.
  • Hashimoto's disease may also be called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, and it is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. It may occur in all ages; however, it most commonly affects middle-aged women.

Drugs used to treat Hashimoto's disease

The medications listed below are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
levothyroxine 5.2 182 reviews for levothyroxine to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
levothyroxine systemic
Brand names:
Synthroid, Tirosint, Levoxyl, Euthyrox, Levo-T, Unithroid, Tirosint-Sol, Ermeza, Thyquidity
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
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AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Synthroid 5.4 40 reviews for Synthroid to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
levothyroxine systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Armour Thyroid 6.5 79 reviews for Armour Thyroid to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
thyroid desiccated systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Tirosint 6.0 58 reviews for Tirosint to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
levothyroxine systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Levoxyl 6.0 9 reviews for Levoxyl to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
levothyroxine systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Nature-Throid 6.9 26 reviews for Nature-Throid to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
thyroid desiccated systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
thyroid desiccated 5.6 194 reviews for thyroid desiccated to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
thyroid desiccated systemic
Brand names:
Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid, NP Thyroid, Westhroid, WP Thyroid, APur Thyroid, Niva Thyroid
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Euthyrox 2.3 32 reviews for Euthyrox to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
levothyroxine systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Levo-T 8.0 1 review for Levo-T to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
levothyroxine systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
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Prescribing Information
NP Thyroid 4.0 76 reviews for NP Thyroid to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
thyroid desiccated systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
Unithroid 7.5 5 reviews for Unithroid to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
levothyroxine systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Tirosint-Sol 10 2 reviews for Tirosint-Sol to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
levothyroxine systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Westhroid 10 1 review for Westhroid to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
thyroid desiccated systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
Ermeza Rate Add review
Rx A N
Generic name:
levothyroxine systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Thyquidity Rate Add review
Rx A N
Generic name:
levothyroxine systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
WP Thyroid 3.0 6 reviews for WP Thyroid to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
thyroid desiccated systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
APur Thyroid Rate Add review
Rx A N
Generic name:
thyroid desiccated systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Niva Thyroid 7.5 2 reviews for Niva Thyroid to treat Hashimoto's disease
Rx A N
Generic name:
thyroid desiccated systemic
Drug class:
thyroid drugs
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Expanded Access Expanded Access is a potential pathway for a patient with a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition to gain access to an investigational medical product (drug, biologic, or medical device) for treatment outside of clinical trials when no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy options are available.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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