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Question: Should I go off Synthroid?


 Ruthiejb - Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:18 pm

Hello,
Last year I was diagnosed with thyroiditis. I had classic symptoms of thyrotoxicosis...fast heart beat, jitters, intolerance to exercise, weight loss. I had an uptake done that showed hardly any thyroid activity, my antibodies were very high (TPO was 2200), TSH was very low, T3 and T4 elevated. After a couple of months on a beta blocker to control my heart rate, I went into hypo territory at which time my doctor stopped the beta blockers and put me on 50 mcg of Synthroid. Everything was good, I gained back the weight, my heart rate came down and I felt fine. I've been on Synthroid for about a year now. I'm currently awaiting the results of my latest TSH. Problem is, I've started losing weight again....8 pounds in 3 months without trying. I don't have any other of the symptoms I had last year except for the weight loss. Does this mean I should go off the Synthroid to see if my thyroid is functioning by itself again? I feel fine except I can't afford to lose too much weight. Thank you for your help.
 Debra Van Ness RN - Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:03 am

This is really a question only your personal physician can answer after reviewing your blood work etc... I would suggest NOT dropping and medication without at least calling the doc and asking. Thyroid meds are too sensitive of drugs to experiment with.
Debra Van Ness RN

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