GPs advised to go easy on thyroid therapy

Patients risk being on treatment forever, expert says
Professor Mieke van Driel.

Patients with subclinical hypothyroidism should not be prescribed thyroid hormone therapy, new international guidelines say.

A panel of clinicians, including an Australian GP academic, issued a “strong recommendation” against the therapy in adults with only slightly elevated TSH levels, 4-10mIU/L, and free thyroxine levels within the normal range.