Type of doctors who can prescribe thyroid medications
Integrative wellness treatments from physicians of all specialties.
The treatment of hypothyroidism has been traditionally managed by endocrinologists, internists, and primary care physicians. These doctors commonly prescribe levothyroxine monotherapy to restore thyroid hormones to physiologic levels. In recent years, a more progressive approach to treating hormone imbalance has attracted physicians of all specialties and academic backgrounds.
Integrative wellness is a term used to describe the practice of treating a patient through a comprehensive approach. It often includes hormone replacement therapies, nutritional support, and lifestyle modifications to help mitigate preventable disease and reverse symptoms from age related (or disease induced) hormone deficiencies. Some doctors focus on specific hormone types, most commonly sex hormones and pituitary secretagogues.
Many integrative/interventional doctors also address thyroid function and prescribe treatment for hypothyroidism. These doctors are most likely to be open to prescribing compounded thyroid combinations and desiccated thyroid as an alternative to levothyroxine alone. Although there are few credible organizations providing CMEs to doctors, it is important to understand that doctors can also receive misinformation disseminated by un-accredited organizations that charge doctors for training that has not been validated.
Having a basic understanding of the symptoms, diagnosis, and available treatments for hypothyroidism will help patients select the right doctor and recognize the right approach. Most integrative doctors follow evidence-based protocols for the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorder, hypothyroidism, and thyroid optimization. These doctors come from all specialties, including urology, gynecology, general surgery, sports medicine, psychiatry, and general practitioner.