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Does Synthroid (thyroxine) make you lose weight? I had my thyroid removed 6 months ago.

Does Synthroid (thyroxine) make you lose weight? I had my thyroid removed 6 months ago.

Not if levels normal: If your thyroid hormone levels were normal prior to surgery and have been kept normal on synthroid, (thyroxine) then no, it will not cause weight loss. If you had your thyroid out for thyroid cancer and they are keeping your thyroid hormone levels high, then yes. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Thyroid removal (6 growths, 1 possible cancer) and taking synthroid (thyroxine). Can this help regulate for weight loss and facial hair issues? I can't lose weight.

Thyroid removal (6 growths, 1 possible cancer) and taking synthroid (thyroxine). Can this help regulate for weight loss and facial hair issues? I can't lose weight.

Yes: Hypo(=low)thyroidism can lead to weight gain. Normalizing the thyroid level can regulate those hormones and lead to normal thyroid level weight. Obviously weight gain and loss is a balance of calories in and out from exercise and diet as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned? Treated for pap thyroid ca 2 mos ago, started synthroid (thyroxine). Always have had issues with trying to lose weight now easy to lose...

Should i be concerned? Treated for pap thyroid ca 2 mos ago, started synthroid (thyroxine). Always have had issues with trying to lose weight now easy to lose...

Synthroid (thyroxine) dose: After thyroid ca, the synthroid (thyroxine) dose is adjusted to suppress pituitary TSH (which stimulates thyroid ca). It may make you a little hyperthyroid, although it should not make you hyperthyroid to the point of tremor, nervousness, palpitations, etc. If your ft4 is normal, and you otherwise feel well, then the weight loss may be a welcome side effect. Talk to you doctor. ...Read more

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I took too much Synthroid (thyroxine) trying to lose weight. Can i stop taking my Synthroid (thyroxine) for 3 days to get my levels back to normal? I currently take 50 mg, TSH 0.022, T4 14.84. I don't have a thyroid anymore.

I took too much Synthroid (thyroxine) trying to lose weight. Can i stop taking my Synthroid (thyroxine) for 3 days to get my levels back to normal? I currently take 50 mg, TSH 0.022, T4 14.84. I don't have a thyroid anymore.

No!: Always take synthroid (thyroxine) exactly as prescribed! Do not self escalate the dose, which can lead to anxiety, tachycardia, and rarely heart attack. Do NOT skip thyroid meds to make up for days you took extra! Take your regular dose, ONLY, and ring you doctors office ASAP! Good luck! ...Read more

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I am having underactive thyroid function & I am on thyroxine medication but I am struggling to lose weight. Is there any fast acting detox program?

I am having underactive thyroid function & I am on thyroxine medication but I am struggling to lose weight. Is there any  fast acting detox program?

Consider T3, (liothyronine) No but: Many people find that thyroxine does not adequately treat their hypothyroidism and benefit from t3 (liothyronine) or natural thyroid- see http://bit.Ly/15k26u8 ; http://abt.Cm/18gpb3a it is impossible to clear years of toxin accumulation overnite- it's a long process. For great info on a detox program see http://www.Healthy.Net/scr/article.Aspx?Id=1558 it's best to lose slow ; steady- see http://bit.Ly/1dhw9ht. ...Read more

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I have hypo-thyroidism, i take 150mg of synthroid, (thyroxine) i have gained 30 pounds in almost 2 months. how can i safely lose the weight as fast as possible?

I have hypo-thyroidism, i take 150mg of synthroid, (thyroxine) i have gained 30 pounds in almost 2 months. how can i safely lose the weight as fast as possible?

Weight Gain: Certainly Thyroid may be causing some of your issues too. Safely, exercise and dieting with decreased carbs and fats will make you lose, if you burn more calories than you take in, you will lose weight. If you are unable to lose, discuss with your Dr. as approved weight loss meds ar available, but they need to monitored regularly by the Dr., and used with an exercise program and diet as well. ...Read more

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Should a person with hyper thyroidism take typical thyroid medication like Synthroid (thyroxine)?

 Should a person with hyper thyroidism take typical thyroid  medication  like Synthroid (thyroxine)?

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 for a lack of enough thyroid hormone due to HYPOthyroidism. A person with HYPOthyroidism who becomes hyperthyroid due to taking too high of a dose of Synthroid (thyroxine) might be asked to take Synthroid (thyroxine) (at a lower dose) even though she is temporarily hyperthyroid. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to lose weight with Lipozene if i take synthroid (thyroxine)?

Is it possible for me to lose weight with Lipozene if i take synthroid (thyroxine)?

Yes: Lipozene is a dietary fiber supplement. It can cause mild weight loss because it expands in your stomach and can make you feel full so that you eat less (if you don't eat less you won't lose weight). As long as you take Synthroid (thyroxine) first thing in the morning and wait a few hours before taking the Lipozene, there should be no problem. ...Read more

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L am 48 , 1;m 145 lbs. I, m 5' 2" tall I have hipotiro. And drink Synthroid (thyroxine) 100mg how to lose weight?

L am 48 , 1;m 145 lbs. I, m 5' 2" tall I have hipotiro. And drink Synthroid (thyroxine) 100mg how to lose weight?

Nutrition & exercise: Proper nutrition & regular exercise are key to losing & maintaining weight. Optimal thyroid function helps, too, so make sure your TSH is right for you (lots of debate over normal vs optimal). Check out http://nhlbisupport.Com/bmi/ to calculate your body mass index. Normal is <25 or less than 137# for 62". However, remember that body fat composition is more important than weight, especially if fat. ...Read more

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I have hashimotos and can't seem to lose weight. I am on synthroid (thyroxine). I tried diet.Exercise.Everything! nothing works.I lose 5 pounds thats it .Help?!

I have hashimotos and can't seem to lose weight.  I am on synthroid (thyroxine). I tried diet.Exercise.Everything! nothing works.I lose 5 pounds thats it .Help?!

If you are: Biochemically euthyroid (meaning your blood work shows normal thyroid levels), you should calculate your basal energy expenditure (bee) and subtract 500kcal from that number to have a goal number of calories to eat per day. If that does not work, you could also discuss with your doctor the possibility of converting to t4/t3 combination replacement. ...Read more

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I have been on Synthroid (thyroxine) for 20 years I am up to 112 i took the nucleous medison 20 years ago i can't lose weight i weight 197lbs iwalk 5days a week ?

I have been on Synthroid (thyroxine) for 20 years I am up to 112 i took the nucleous medison 20 years ago i can't lose weight i weight 197lbs iwalk 5days a week   ?

Rule out hashimoto's: Good chance you have hashimoto's thyroiditis, autoimmune disorder, closely related to gluten sensitivity. 1st get a blood test for thyroperoxidase antibodies, then off gluten, on vit.D 10000 u./day. Seek help from holistic md, preferably functional medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Does taking cytomel or Synthroid (thyroxine) to help lose weight?

Does taking cytomel or Synthroid (thyroxine) to help lose weight?

Thyroid weight loss: Thyroid hormones should never be used for weight loss. They may increase your metabolic rate, but will also increase appetite. And there is a large potential for side effects. Beside making you feel nervous, jittery, sweaty, they accelerate your heart to the point of serious problems and can cause mental health problems. ...Read more

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Had partial thyroidectomy in '96. Since 2002 have continued to lose weight. Diagnosed with hypo, but I have all symptoms of hyper tried Synthroid but it sped up the weight loss and i never stop losing, adds to my severe insomnia. Once i stopped taking syn

Had partial thyroidectomy in '96. Since 2002 have continued to lose weight. Diagnosed with hypo, but I have all symptoms of hyper tried Synthroid but it sped up the weight loss and i never stop losing, adds to my severe insomnia. Once i stopped taking syn

It : It sounds like you have had a very complicated course since your thyroidectomy. Your symptoms really concern me (high cholesterol, anxiety, rapid pulse), and i would suggest that you should have a complete endocrinology evaluation, but you may also have other issues going on. You can't be both hypo- and hyper-thyroid, but there could be co-existing conditions. Please notify your doctor and have a complete evaluation of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Would Synthroid (thyroxine) help me lose weight if used to lower my TSH number?

Yes: If your hypothyroid correcting the hypothyroidism will increase your BMR which will help you lose weight. However the use of thyroid hormone just to lose weight should be considered unhealthy and dangerous. ...Read more

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Can i lose weight on 150 mcg thyroxine?

Can i lose weight on 150 mcg thyroxine?

Depends: If you are hypothyroid, have gained weight related to hypothyroidism, and then take thyroid hormone to correct your level back to normal, you would likely lose weight. If your thyroid level is normal and you try taking thyroid hormone to lose weight, it will not work, and will likely make you gain weight, as thyroid hormone increases appetite. ...Read more

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Can Synthroid (thyroxine) help you lose weight? Any answers appreciated!

Can Synthroid (thyroxine) help you lose weight? Any answers appreciated!

Weight loss.......: No. Thyroid supplements are not a useful way to loose weight. They were once used for this hoping it would increase calorie burning but the adverse effects of such doses is makes this unwise to do. Even when found to have an under active thyroid, hormone replacement will not make that weight disappear. Only reducing caloric intake below your calorie expenditure will cause you to loose eight. ...Read more

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What happens if people use Synthroid (thyroxine) to lose weight, then why do so many people complain that it makes them get fat?

What happens if people use Synthroid (thyroxine) to lose weight, then why do so many people complain that it makes them get fat?

Doesn't work: If your thyroid function is normal, taking thyroid hormone will not help you lose weight. You would need to take toxic doses to raise your metabolism high enough to lose weight, and will lose more muscle than fat. In addition, high thyroid levels make you more hungry, so many people will gain weight rather than lose. There is no "easy" solution to lose weight. Eat less, exercise more. ...Read more

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Can i take anything to help me lose weight? I have a hypothyroid problem and take 150mcg levoxyl (thyroxine)

Can i take anything to help me lose weight? I have a hypothyroid problem and take 150mcg levoxyl (thyroxine)

See your doctor: Hypothyroidism cause cause weight gain, so you want to make sure that your current dose of lavoxyl is effective. Diet and exercise is always the cornerstone of a weight loss program. There are medications that are effective for weight loss, but they are not a substitute for diet and exercise. Note: please speak with your doc before starting an exercise program. ...Read more

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My thyroid levels are really high and I'm having trouble losing weight what can I do. And how can I get on synthroid (thyroxine)?

My thyroid levels are really high and I'm having trouble losing weight what can I do. And how can I get on synthroid (thyroxine)?

See your family doc,: Your levels will need to be tested and retested and Synthroid (thyroxine) may be prescribed depending on your TSH usually needs to be kept between 1-2. Free T4 is sometimes used for fine-tuning your doses. ...Read more

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