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I take synthroid (thyroxine) for hypothyroidism, i do not have hashimotos. if i was misdiagnosed and have been taking it for the past 10 years, could the medication have damaged my thyroid?

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No: Hypothyroidism. Is treated with thyroid replacement hormones and is in fact helping decreased the size of the non functioning thyroid. As per general rule one you started synthetic you thyroid has no work to do and gets small.

Answered 10/11/2020

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Damaged thyroid: You could have had transient hypothyroidism. Taking synthroid (thyroxine) won't hurt you long term. Wean it and check your levels. Hashimotos can't be ruled out by lack of antibodies. Also check thyroid sonogram.

Answered 9/19/2012

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