Harvard Health Letter

Medications: No more than necessary

Taking a thyroid medication or a proton-pump inhibitor for too long may lead to bone problems or increased susceptibility to certain infections. No one should suddenly stop taking thyroid medicine out of fear of breaking a bone. But particularly if you're older, it might be time to discuss the dose you're taking with a doctor to make sure it's not too high. Thyroid levels should be tested periodically and the dose of thyroid medicine adjusted if the need has decreased.
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