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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. Tanya Russo
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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.

NO ,: Purpose of taking thyroid hormone (synthroid (thyroxine) ) is a replacement exact amount needed , due to lack of production as gland was removed by surgery , which controls metabolism of every cell in the body , other issues or associated hormones may be causing your problem , speak to your doctor will help you ...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...

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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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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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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