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Gugulipid And Thyroid
Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?
Eye disease: Smoking will greatly increase your risk for developing grave's exophthalmopathy. Essentially, the eyes are pushed out because of immune deposits behind them. This will make it difficult for you to close your eyes. People go blind from this depending on severity. We don't understand why smoking increases your risk but it does. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do cholesterol lowering meds (lipitor) interfere with the effectiveness of synthetic thyroid hormones (levothyroxin)?
Generally not: But thyroid medication could be adjusted if necessary. ...Read more
Will thyroid hormones or antithyroid medications interfere with a tc99m pertechnetate thyroid scan?
Not usually: Technetium is usually trapped by thyroid gland and used to determine in young children and infants the configuration of thyroid gland, hypoplasia, absence, or increased size or hyperplasia, or abnormal location. Radioactive iodine is used in older patients for determine function of thyroid gland, increased function or hyperthyroiidism or decreased function, hypothyroidism. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
We no longer: Use thyroid hormones to augment weight loss. It can have serious complications like irregular heart rhythms. In reality, we use thyroid hormones like Liotrix to replacement someone's levels to normal. Hypothyroidism can lead to weight gain and restoring levels to normal(thyroid wise) can help some element of weight loss. in reality, it doesn't usually lead to significant weight loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not the best: All of the major professional societies for thyroid specialists, the endocrine society, the american thyroid association, and the american association of clinical endocrinologists have issued formal statements indicating that levothyroxine is the best choice for most patients. Both armour and thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) provide too much T3 relative to t4, making it very difficult to keep tsh, free T4 & T3 normal. ...Read more
I have hypocretin deficient narcolepsy which reduces TSH levels along with autoimmune hypothyroidism. Is the TSH test reliable to gauge my thyroid?
Not always: TSH is not always a reliable test, because it relies on what the pituitary thinks, but different tissues may have different sensitivity to thyroid hormone. In addition, some people make too much reverse T3 (liothyronine), (liothyronine) which can block the action of T3 (liothyronine). Google "stop the thyroid madness" ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
To some extent: If a goiter is due to primary hypothyroidism then levothyroxine allows TSH to come down thereby removing one source of goiter. However, patients with hashimoto's also have lymphocytic infiltration of the gland which contributes to goiter development also. That takes time to go down. We see this in patients with nl thyroid function also. Grave's antibodies stimulate thyroid growth mimicking tsh. ...Read more
Will taking pumpkin seed oil supplements 1000mg for hair loss, negatively effect my thyroid functioning? I have hypothyroidism taking 75mcg synthyroid
Not studied: Hi. No one has studied the effect of pumpkin seed oil (PSO) on thyroid function; just like no one has studied its effect on hair loss! So take PSO to your heart's content; you're enriching some snake oil salesperson, but I seriously doubt it will have any effect on your thyroid function tests or l-thyroxine dose. Good luck! ...Read more
I have hypothyroidism, metabolic syndrome and am pre-diabetic., with gallstones. Will metformin and Synthroid (thyroxine) help?
See below: Synthroid (thyroxine) can help hypothyroidism, dosing should be started by your dr.Metformin can help with blood sugar control, though there is no specific recommendations when it cones to pre-diabetes. Exercise and proper diet should be part of the treatment as well. Be well. ...Read more
Not reported: Metformin has not been reported to interfere with the absorption of thyroid hormones. One report suggested it could lower TSH levels in some patients but with no effect on thyroid hormone levels (t4). I recommend you have your levels checked if symptomatic or as recommended by your provider. ...Read more
Short-acting T3 (liothyronine): Cytomel (liothyronine) is the trade name for tri-iodothyronine, (t3). It is considered the active form of thyroid hormone, although all cells can convert T4 (the predominant product of the thyroid gland) into t3. Can be used to replace thyroid hormone, but it is short-lived. This means it must be taken multple times a day, and gives levels which are constantly going up and down (not ideal, hard to adjust). ...Read more