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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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Can you tell me how long will take for thyroid medicine to work?

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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Thank you doctor when can i stop my thyroid medicine many people said that thyroid medicine should take life long is this is true please explain me?

Thyroid Medicine: Do not stop thyroid medication unless under the direction of a physician. Except rarely it is to be taken life long. We give thyroid medication usually for low thyroid, which usually is due to the thyroid not working after a viral thyroiditis. Rarely does the thyroid heal enough to produce enough hormone on it's own again. ...Read more

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U my period was regular until i had to take thyroid medicine. Now that i'm off it my period is very irregular . What I do to regulate it?

Need treatment: Why did you get off your thyroid medicine? Thyroid abnormalities can cause menstrual period irregularity. I feel i'm missing something from the question but my advice would be to get the thyroid adequately controlled and see what happens. ...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?

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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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