Synthroid Thyroid Medication

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some good supplements that will take place of my thyroid medication?
    I am looking to replace my thyroid medication that is 150 micrograms of Synthroid with natural supplements that will as strong or stronger than this medication. Any help would be great. Would you please give me any websites or name os stores in your answer. Thanks?

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine rich kelp can help as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=kelp+%2B+thyroid&fr=ush-ans One tablet a day is all you need.

  2. QUESTION:
    A few questions about thyroid medication and libido?
    1) I know that thyroid medication levothyroxine is known for drastically decreasing sex drive, are there any all nature herbs that will help increase libido without counteracting, or in some way negatively affecting the thyroid medication?

    2) Does someone who has hypothyroidism have to take medication for the rest of their lives?
    I meant to say are there any all natural herbs or anything else that will help increase libido without messing with the medication? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Your first assertion is completely incorrect. HYPOTHYROIDISM itself may cause drastic decreases in libido, usually in women, particularly those in the vicinity of menopause. Levothyroxine supplementation does not harm libido in any fashion whatsoever. With regular supplementation and return to the euthroid (normal thyroid hormone level) state, the patient's libido should return to their own normal.

      A few patients require thyroid supplementation only for a short period of time, but those who have antithyroid antibodies, or a thyroiditis of autoimmune origin, should remain on some dose of Synthroid, to provide thyroid support for a lifetime. Proper thyroid levels are essential to normal pregnancy, childbearing, the avoidance of miscarriage and stillbirth, and essential in the avoidance of certain types of infant mental retardation.

      I am unaware of any herbs which restore libido. Gradual correction of the thyroxine supplementation itself should do the trick. Best wishes.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can I take any cold medications while on Synthroid?
    I take Synthroid for hypothyroidism, and have a bad cold (cough, runny nose, etc). Every cold medicine I look at says not to take if you have thyroid disease. Does anyone know a cold medicine that is OK to take? (That doesn't interfere with the thyroid medication?) The only one I saw so far was NyQuil tablets.

    • ANSWER:
      i would call and ask your doctor or the pharmacist, i also take Synthroid,,, and i use childrens triaminic,,, with no bad side effects,,,, but im not sure if the warnings apply to controlled thyroid disease,,,, or all thyroid conditions,,,, i would think that any childrens medications would be ok ,,,

  4. QUESTION:
    If one is having severe panic attacks is it wise to continue taking?
    he thyroid medications, will taking thyroid medication make it worse. I have been taking synthroid for over one year and never had a problem till now.

    • ANSWER:
      It's best to continue to take your medication, and make an appointment with your doc. Panic attacks can be caused by having too much thyroid hormone, but can also occur for other reasons.

      This is experience talking as I had Grave's disease with the accompaniment of anxiety. I was treated with radioactive iodine, and am also now on Synthroid. However, I also have Generalized Anxiety Disorder with panic attacks and major depression. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Who knows. But there are many other health and situational issues that can cause a panic attack. If your levels are okay according to the doc, then I would ask for a referral to find out if there is something else going on.

      In the meantime, there are a lot of things that can be done without meds to help with the panic.

  5. QUESTION:
    Do you always take all of the medication your doctor prescribes?
    I have multiple medical problems. I have an arachnoid cyst(Arachnoid cysts are fluid-filled sacs, not tumors, appearing in one of the three layers of tissue covering the central nervous system.)located in my head as a result of this I have had to have a ton of brain surgeries and spent a year in the hospital. As a result of the arachnoid cysts location on my pituitary gland I also have something called hypopituitarism. Hypopituitarism is a lack of all hormone production. So ever since I was around 7 years old I have had to take a ton of medications starting with vasopressin to treat diabtetes insipidus(a condition marked by excessive thirst and urination not sugar diabetes.).
    All throughout childhood had to have a ton of medications given by shot including testosterone(shot,gel and patch) hcg, growth hormone, vasopressin. As a result of the cyst I also have to take medication by mouth including synthroid and prednisone which are taken daily ever since I was 7 years old. Basically I am totally sick of taking all of the crap that I have to take daily. It does not help that nothing is wrong with either of my brothers or sisters(its not like I want them to be sick but to have to go through all of the stuff I have had to go through and see them leading "normal" lives it leaves me a little jealous. I was at the doctors office today and she said that my thyroid level was low and asked why and i really dont have a clue as to why it is low I always take y thyroid medication. The only drug that I consciously choose not to take sometimes is my testosterone(taken daily by rubbing a gel pack on my shoulders in the morning). It is not hard to take but it is just that it annoys the heck out of me that I have to take it all. Sorry for the long post any help appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      It sucks that you have to take all those medications but if they weren't useful then you wouldn't be on them. You should take all the medications that are prescribed to you and take them for the full duration and at the correct times. There are billions of dollars spent each year that could be avoided if everyone just took the medication that they're prescribed. Its not fair that you have to take all those medications but as you'll learn life isn't fair. Just do your best and remember that there are people out there that are in worse conditions than you.

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