Thyroid

Estrogen therapy and COVID-19, generic levothyroxine

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March 09, 2022

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A recent study showed that postmenopausal women who were prescribed estrogen therapy had a significantly lower risk of death after contracting COVID-19 compared to a control group. It was the first story in endocrinology last week.

The second main article assessed the effects of switching from generic levothyroxine preparations on hormone levels. Guidelines published by the American Thyroid Association advise providers to avoid switching between generic levothyroxine products from different manufacturers, leading providers to prescribe brand name levothyroxine to most adults with hypothyroidism, according to the researchers. However, a new study found that switching from generic levothyroxine preparations did not significantly affect thyroid-stimulating hormone levels.


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