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Dr. Barbara Hummel
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


Dr. Stanley Schwartz
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Please tell me how long it takes for thyroid medicine to start working?

Please tell me how long it takes for thyroid medicine to start working?

1 week...: To see noticeable effect; 6 weeks to get full benefit of that new dose. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Can my thyroid start working again and cause me to get hives and angiodema if i take my thyroid medicine-my throat swells but not fully?

Can my thyroid start working again and cause me to get hives and angiodema if i take my thyroid medicine-my throat swells but not fully?

Question?: The question is unclear. Do you mean that thyroid pill helped or triggered your angioedema and hives? If you take thyroid replacement, the thyroid would reduce or stop producing thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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Dr. James Cunnar
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Why when I take my Synthroid thyroid medicine it makes me gain weight, I still be tired, cold I take iron pills, vitamin, do that surpose to happen, my medicine not working, doctor says I am find?

Why when I take my Synthroid thyroid medicine it makes me gain weight, I still be tired, cold I take iron pills, vitamin, do that surpose to happen, my medicine not working, doctor says I am find?

Try another med: Some patients just don't respond well to basic thyroid replacement (like levothyroxine). Consider using an alternative like Armour Thyroid or tirosint. If your physician is uncomfortable with this, consider seeing an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Ernest Asamoah
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I know someone who quit taking thyroid medicine, how dangerous can that be?

I know someone who quit taking thyroid medicine, how dangerous can that be?

Not a good idea: Thyroid hormone therapy is necessary hormone for metabolism. If one is taking the medication because they have no thyroid gland at all (i.e. After surgery or radioiodine therapy), then stopping the medication can eventually be life-threatening. It may takes months for the person to see the effect though. Generally it is not a good idea to stop taking thyroid hormone without the doctor's advise. ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Young
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I need thyroid medicine to help. How does it affect homeostasis. Anyone know?

I need thyroid medicine to help. How does it affect homeostasis. Anyone know?

Restore balance : Homeostasis means balance, a steady state, "normalcy" in a way. If your thyroid hormone levels are abnormal, taking medication will restore homeostasis from that perspective. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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It seems lately that my right hand and my foot are cold and i don't know why? I take bc powder for migraines and thyroid medicine. Imitrex as well.

It seems lately that my right hand and my foot are cold and i don't know why?
I take bc powder for migraines and thyroid medicine. Imitrex as well.

See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Can i take my thyroid medicine earlier than 10am. Because that when i take it?

Doesn't matter: You can take the thyroid replacement about whenever you want as long as you take it every day. It will make very little difference. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What can I take to gain weight if I am on thyroid medicine?

What can I take to gain weight if I am on thyroid medicine?

Eat healthy high : Calorie foods. Eat 6 meals/day. Work on strength training to build your large muscle groups. Workout w heavier weights w fewer repetitions. Sleep at least 8 to 9 hrs/night. Hydrate well w water. Foods to help w healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocados, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, protein shakes, . ...Read more

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Dr. Shariq Refai
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If i started out taking my thyroid medicine at 6:30am. But now taking it at 10am. But want to go back to taking it about 8am .

If i started out taking my thyroid medicine at 6:30am. But now taking it at 10am. But want to go back to taking it about 8am .

Yes: Yes you can. Try to take it at the same time every day. Take it by itself without anything else including a multivitamin or any other medication for up to at least an hour after taking it. ...Read more

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