Question: If I am on medication for my thyroid, how long do you think it will take to get my TSH levels back to normal?
Answer: Since you didn’t offer much information, such as whether your TSH levels are high or low, I can only speculate on the answer. Also, having no idea on what your TSH levels were, I cannot possibly determine how long it might take to get them back to normal. You also did not provide the name of any medications you were taking for your thyroid condition.
If you have higher TSH levels, or what is considered hypothyroidism, you are probably taking Thyroxine. Through the negative feedback loop of TSH levels, this should actually lower your TSH and eventually get your hormones back on track. This can take anywhere from 1 to 3 months depending on your initial test results and the dosage of Thyroxine you are taking.
On the other hand, if your TSH levels are lower then you probably have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism… which is a different beast entirely. You may be on a radioactive iodine treatment, or taking any number of anti-thyroid medications such as Propylthiouracil or Methimazole (Tapazole). The more common medication is Tapazole, which has far fewer side effects than Propylthiouracil (the most common being severe liver damage with Propylthiouracil). Tapazole usually takes about 1 to 2 months to work it’s magic, depending on your unique situation and body chemistry.