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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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


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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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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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Why when I take my Synthroid (thyroxine) 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 (thyroxine) 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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Why is that my thyroid medicine changes every 3 month?

Why is that my thyroid medicine changes every 3 month?

Thyroid medicine: Your doctor is likely trying to titrate your medicine up and down to get the proper thyroid level. It takes a while (ie 3 months) before you can tell if the medication needs to be increased or decreased. ...Read more

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How much time will ittake for thyroid medicine to work?

Thyroid Medication: You can notice the effects of thyroid medication within a few days, but you should be experiencing whatever full effect you will get by about six weeks. ...Read more

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Why don't I feel better when I take my thyroid medicine?

Need right dose!: Right medicine, wrong dose doesn't help, regardless of condition. Of course, wrong medicine, regardless of dose, is bad. So how do we find right dose for thyroid medicine? Check your tsh. Many docs now recommend aiming for 1-2, not just 4.49 (if "normal" range is 0.45-4.5). However, recent study suggests that a few patients may respond better to desiccated thyroid. Check out http://goo. Gl/h93xxf. ...Read more

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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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What happens if accidentally take doses of thyroid medicine?

Depends on dose: If you accidentally take a few doses of thyroid hormone, nothing is likely to happen. If you take high doses for a prolonged time you will become hyperthyroid. ...Read more

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

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

Weight thyroid: Thyroid disease whether over active or under active should be treated to normal levels once levels are normal it has no effects on your weight after few months in order to gain weight you can use well balanced foods with good nutritious calories. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long will take for thyroid medicine to work?

Depends: On the medication, and the reason it was prescribed. Meds like levothyroxine (for hypothyroid) are usually tested 1 month after starting, or changing dose to check hormone levels. Most patients will gradually feel effect before that time. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some alternatives to taking thyroid medicine?

Being sick: If you don't want to take the medication, you can always be sick, feel badly and possibly die early. It's always your choice with any disease. Doctors only advise, they don't force you to be intelligent or healthy. ...Read more

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If I become healthier, will I be able to get off of my thyroid medicine?

If I become healthier, will I be able to get off of my thyroid medicine?

Probably not: While I cannot predict for sure, having a proper level of hormone may have nothing to do with your bad habits. I think you should get healthier and if you need less medications consider that a plus. Coming from someone who just lost 25 lbs - do it you'll feel better. ...Read more

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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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What can happen if your thyroid is low and your thyroid medicine is to high?

Hyperthyroidism: Your blood pressure will be higher, you will have more bone resorption, you will lose weight, higher risk of cardiac arrhythmia, have problems with sleep, diarrhea and anxiety. They might be mild symptoms or more severe. ...Read more

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What would happen if you don't take your thyroid medicine on a regular basis?

You will: Feel poorly, be unhealthy, have preventable medical problems, and probably die earlier than you need to, is that enough reason to take your medication properly, it is totally irrational not to do so. ...Read more

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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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How long do I have to wait after taking my thyroid medicine can I eat something.?

It's best to be: Taken on an empty stomach, to insure consistent absorption. However, if you take it under the same conditions each day, and then check the levels, you can adjust the dose if necessary until it's appropriate. Make sure you're on brand name T4 replacement for consistency. Don't take within two hours of calcium, iron or vitamins. ...Read more

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Took thyroid medicine tonight by mistake. Should I take it in the morning or not?

Took thyroid medicine tonight by mistake. Should I take it in the morning or not?

Skip today, but: You can skip today. But if you have already taken it this AM no cause for concern. Shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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I stopped taking my thyroid medicine over 6months ago. I lost 40 lbs on my own. Do I still need it?

I stopped taking my thyroid medicine over 6months ago. I lost 40 lbs on my own. Do I still need it?

Thyroid: Thyroid medication is not for weight loss. It is for the health of the heart, the muscles, the brain, the skin. I would get to a doctor urgently and have your thyroid levels tested. Hypothyroid is not a condition that heals or is cured. ...Read more

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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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Can headache come from not taken your thyroid medicine?

Can headache come from not taken your thyroid medicine?

If you have: An overactive thyroid and don't take your antithyroid meds, you can get a headache. Also, if you have been treated for hyperthyroidism and now have hypothyroidism, failure to take the proper dose of brand name T4 replacement can also lead the headaches, but it is less likely. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take l-tirosyne with armor thyroid medicine?

Is it safe to take l-tirosyne with armor thyroid medicine?

Yes: There is no evidence of drug interaction with the supplement tyrosine, an essential amino acid, and thyroid medications ...Read more