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 Posted 12/16/2011 12:18:02 PM
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wondering if anyone has experience with levothyroxine. Have low thyroid just started taking it. Have been losing my hair at an alarming rate. Question is does any one know if this medication works. what kind of changes can I expect.
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 Posted 12/16/2011 12:20:26 PM
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Welcome Lm95,

Levothyroxine is an effective drug, however, your report is not the first to come to my attention in regard to the effect of hair loss.  If your thyroid is not abnormally low, i.e., if you have been diagnosed with subclinical hypothyroidism, you might want to ask your physician about another therapy.

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 Posted 12/16/2011 5:14:24 PM
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I was diagnosed o few years ago with hypothyroidism and have been taking Levothyroxine
with good results. Hair loss is a symptom of low thyroid function and before I was diagnosed the low thyroid was causing me significant hair loss.  I have recovered most of my hair loss since going on
Levothyroxine.
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 Posted 12/16/2011 6:08:56 PM
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I like the site askapatient for consumer reviews, though  I imagine they skew negative

http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=76752&name=LEVOTHYROXINE%20SODIUM
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 Posted 12/18/2011 12:35:04 AM
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Ross7755 (12/16/2011)
I was diagnosed o few years ago with hypothyroidism and have been taking Levothyroxine
with good results. Hair loss is a symptom of low thyroid function and before I was diagnosed the low thyroid was causing me significant hair loss.  I have recovered most of my hair loss since going on
Levothyroxine.

Ross, thank you and happy this has worked. I just wonder, as you seem having gone through it in some detail, if you tried and/or have comment on Armour Thyroid.


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albedo,  I have read positive articles about Armour Thyroid, but have not used it myself.
My doctor prefers  the Synthroid brand of levothyroxine.
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Yes Ross, many doctors prefer prescribing levothyroxine and consider Armour as outdated. E.g. see:
http://thyroid.about.com/cs/thyroiddrugs/a/armour.htm
I did use Armour in the past with limited effects. I am due to retest soon and will see what to do.
Thank you for your reply.


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I have been on Armour 4 months and about 2 months ago my hair started falling out dramatically as well.  It took a lot of effort not to freak out! The prescription insert does say that the #1 side effect of Armour thyroid treatment is hair loss, but that it is temporary.  My doctor also told me that once my thyroid begins to function properly my hair will grow back thicker and fuller than before.  He also said that the #1 reason his patients discontinue thyroid treatment is when they see significant hair loss.  His point was that people (women especially) would rather be fat and unhealthy than have thin hair.  I'm not one of them! I'm dealing with a short haircut for now.

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One possible (and very effective) treatment of subclinical hypothyroidism is supplemental iodine (12.5 to 25 mg/d). These pts do not progress to hypthyroidism, experience improved stamina and lose weight. In fact I think most pts with subclionical hypothyroidism are indeed severely Iodine deficient. Unfortunately there is no reliable tests for Iodine def. Spot urine iodines are available, but are low in most people. I have never seen an endocrinologist dx Iodine def in pts. It is not underdiagnosed-it is never diagosed. Before pts start thyroid hormone, I would  consider Iodine deficiency. LEF does have a very fine sup in their D3 and K2 with sea iodine.
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So I have a thyroid issue that is perplexing... though I am coming to the conclusion from my reading and a few doctor visits that most Thyroid diagnosis and treatment is not well defined, and the parameters for disease and symptom control are rather vague and undefined also.  I find this most interesting and frustrating - given the importance of a well functioning Thyroid gland.  Going over a list of either hypo- or hyper- thyroid symptoms is crazy --  they are so vague and can be rationalized to many causes.  For the ones I answer 'yes' to I don't know whether it is a result of life -- economic issues, relationship issues, aging -- or real thyroid dysfunction issues.


I am a male with an enlarged thyroid on one side ... TSH was in the higher normal range (3.7).  My endo prescribed Synthroid, which has lowered TSH to 1.5 over 3 months and has softened but not shrunk the goiter.  My doc is very concerned with it being cancerous and will be taking a second biopsy this week (1st one negative).  Apparently it is unusual for men to have thyroid issues and we also have a higher rate of cancer.  She also reasoned that Synthroid (T4) is the right approach for me as evidenced by my TSH reduction as a result of my body converting the T4 to T3 as needed.

An interesting site to read is "stopthethyroidmadness.com".  This is a patient driven site that comes down strongly on the side of using dessicated thyroid (Armour and the like) because it provides the entire spectrum of hormones that the normal thyroid produces (T1, T3, T4, and ???).  Levothyroxine (Synthroid) is synthetic T4 only.  I like the site because it focuses on treating the disease and relieving symptoms -- and not just treating lab numbers/blood tests.  
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