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how long can you go without thyroid medication

A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience Endocrinology
A few days: If you are on levothyroxine, you will probably start to feel sluggish after 4-7 days, but everyone is different on how sensitive they are to hypothyro ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Barbara Hummel
32 years experience Family Medicine
Hyperthyroid: Hopefully, it means that the medication is controlling the overactive thyroid. Follow closely with your physician for blood tests to make sure that i ... Read More
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A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Usually not: Usually, a person with hyperthyroidism has too much thyroid hormone in her body. One would take Synthroid (thyroxine) (synthetic hormone) to make up f ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Thyroiditis?: If you are referring to autoimmune thyroiditis ( hashimoto's disease)- this at first can cause an overactive thyroid ( hyperthyroidism) followed by de ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience Endocrinology
Which meds?: Which thyroid meds? If you mean levothyroxine for hypothyroidism, then you will probably start to feel sluggish, cold, and fatigued after a few days, ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tamer Yacoub
33 years experience Endocrinology
1 week: 1 week after stopping thyroid meds you will start to get symptoms and your thyroid blood level will become abnormal. Make sure you take your thyroid m ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
It depends: It depends upon what you mean by "hashimoto's thyroiditis". Hypothyroid symptoms should clear up within 6-8 weeks of treatment with a dose that makes ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Toree Malasanos
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
Hypothyroidism: That is complex. A baby born without a thyroid can have life long severe consequences if treatment is delayed or discontinued. An elderly or compromis ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience Endocrinology
As instructed: Hi. I recommend my patients with thyroid problems to take their medicine as directed. Different thyroid conditions are treated differently. Since you ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Watry
19 years experience General Practice
Depends: on the medication, and the reason it was prescribed. Meds like levothyroxine (for hypothyroid) are usually tested 1 month after starting, or changing ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
28 years experience Pathology
About 8 to 10 years.: A typical survival time for a person with HIV (from diagnosis to death) in the pre-medication era was 8 to 10 years. Now that there are multiple good ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: Untreated HIV usually takes about ten years from the time of infection to full blown aids and death, but there are many variations on this timeline de ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
40 years experience Orthodontics
Retainer wear: Not very long. A max of a few days to 2 weeks. If not too long and teeh move slightly then wear the retainers as much as possible to pust teeth back t ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Hypothyroid: Uncontrolled thyroid levels can cause depression. Please have your doctor measure TSH Free T4 Free T3 (liothyronine)
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
1 cycle: Ideally, you should use 2 types of birth control for the first cycle.
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Dr. Barbara Hummel
32 years experience Family Medicine
Hyperthyroidism: There are no food that reverse hyperthyroidism or make it worse.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Ashley
14 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
It may not!: The reason we treat urinary infections is because they don't easily resolve, and can lead to more serious infections, as well as damage to the urinary ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
3-5 days: Most labs turn over the results in 3-5 days. If you haven't heard from your doctors office within 7 days, call them.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
37 years experience Internal Medicine
The withdrawal : Symptoms vary among individuals depending upon the duration of drug intake, medication dose, your physical structure, the condition of your liver and ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Hinkle
Specializes in Family Medicine
Narctoics & driving: The answer entirely depends on which narcotic and how it is taken. The different meds have different 1/2 lives listed and that reflects the 1/2 time f ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
Hypothyroid?: If you have hypothyroidism and you begin brand name T4 replacement, you should start to feel better in 4-6 weeks, but it takes 6 weeks for the rx to e ... Read More
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Dr. Gregg Albers
40 years experience Addiction Medicine
Drug abuse: The longer you use any drug or alcohol, the more dependent you become and the harder it is to end your use. The question should be how soon can you s ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ashok Avaiya
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Hi: usually 6 weeks. after initial diagnosis should repeat TSH level and adjust dose at 6 weeks and it should get in normal ranger like 0.5 to 4.5
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marvin Den
44 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends: Once you have swelling or pain it needs attention. That is usually how you know you have one.

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