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Doctor insights on: Side Effects Of Not Having A Thyroid

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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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Are there any side effects to thyroid medication?

Are there any side effects to thyroid medication?

Yes, but: Remember that thyroid medication is synthetically produced thyroid hormone just like a healthy thyroid gland would make - nothing artificial! Side effects are usually related to dose. Taking too much will mimic an overactive thyroid. ...Read more

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Symptoms and side effects of nonfunctioning thyroid?

Symptoms and side effects of nonfunctioning thyroid?

Multiple effects: A truly non-functioning thyroid with almost no thyroid hormone synthesis will show many symptoms: most commonly dry hair/nails/skin, mental slowing, loss of eyebrows, weight gain, heart slowing, constipation, menstrual/sexual dysfunction, swelling, et al. This definitely requires thyroid replacement. However, the most commonly seen mild hypothyroidism (tsh 4-10) usually has very few effects seen. ...Read more

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Are thyroid extracts safe? What are the side effects?

Are thyroid extracts safe? What are the side effects?

Avoid thyroid: Extracts. If your thyroid level is deficient, the only appropriate therapy is BRAND NAME T4 replacement until your levels have been returned to normal. Thyroid extract (prescription) is ground up animal material and should be avoided. ...Read more

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Might increasing dosage of thyroid medication cause side effects?

Yes: Increase of any medication, past the optimum dosing, can cause side effects. This includes blood pressure medications, cholesterol meds, antidepressants, antipsychotics, you name it.

Too much of thyroid rx can basically cause you sxs of hyperthyroidism - jittery, anxious, heart palpitations, increase blood pressure, heat intolerancek elevated heart rate, loss of appetite, loss of weight, etc. ...Read more

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Which thyroid medication has the best absorbancy with the least side effects?

Which thyroid medication has the best absorbancy with the least side effects?

More complicated: Don't know how one can tell which thyroxine tablets are best absorbed in a one individual, because of the complicating factors. If having trouble, one can save up some money and buy the name brand every time. Then, eat similar amounts and similar types of food near the time when thyroxine is taken, plus take it at the same time every day. Calcium, iron, antacids, etc., changes the absorption. ...Read more

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I have no thyroid and have not taken my medicine in a year what are the side effects?

I have no thyroid and have not taken my medicine in a year what are the side effects?

No thyroid: If you truly have no thyroid then you will get slower and slower and colder and colder, gain weight, begin to talk like a frog croaks, go mad, go into a coma and die.

Google myxede, a and see if you look like that a bit yet. If not then you most likely have some thyroid. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of thyroid replacement?

What are the side effects of thyroid replacement?

None if dose right: If your dose is appropriate, there should be no side effects, unless you have an allergy to one of the inactive ingredients (like the dyes). If your dose is too high, you can get palpitations, tremors, weight loss and other signs of thyroid hormone excess. ...Read more

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My bf is born without a thyroid side effects n does it course sexual problem s?

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My bf is born without a thyroid side effects n does it course sexual problem s?

No: Thyroid controls metabolism but not sexual development or maturation. Pituitary controls both thyroid & testes but if he's only missing thyroid, then testes should be ok. However, if testosterone is low, need to figure out why. Low t might be due to testicular issue (coincident w/thyroid) or be due to pituitary problem (see above) or perhaps liver (via excess iron - hemochromatosis), etc. Go c doc. ...Read more

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I heard some people say that soy products have side effects, especially on thyroid, is it true? Thanks

I heard some people say that soy products have side effects, especially on thyroid, is it true? Thanks

Most likely no: Soy does not affect the function of the thyroid gland based on current knowledge and research studies. However, it can affect the absorption of thyroid hormone, so it is not recommended to take soy products when taking thyroid hormone replacement. For more information, may refer to the american thyroid association website. ...Read more

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Hello, my thyroid medicines had expired 2months ago nd I kept on taking them till now, my question is that will it cause any dangerous side effects?

Hello, my thyroid medicines had expired 2months ago nd I kept on taking them till now, my question is that will it cause any dangerous side effects?

Must check thyroid: You should check thyroid level in body. If it goes too low it can have many symptoms, like fatigue, tiredness, elevated cholesterol, myxedema in severe cases ...Read more

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What is the side effects of nuclear medicine uptake on thyroid?

No effect: Low radiation dose thyroid uptake test with radio tracer i123 or i131. Thyroid gland picks up the iodine tracer. I-123 has a shorter half life than i-131 (13 hrs vs. 8.1 days), so use of i-123 exposes the body to less radiation. Thyroid gland function not affected by scan. Should not have test if pregnant or breast feeding. Tests are for thyroid function determining hypo vs hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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Thyroid removal side effects and does calcium have side effects?

Thyroid removal side effects and does calcium have side effects?

Levothyroxine: If only a part of the thyroid gland was removed then unlikely to see side effects. If entire gland removed you will need to be on thyroid replacement therapy = levothyroxine. You shouldn't have any issues with calium. ...Read more

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What are the known side effects for thyroid complex from the vitamin shoppe?

What are the known side effects for thyroid complex from the vitamin shoppe?

No way to know: Since you never really know what's in those supplements, you can't tell what the side effects would be - plus they're potentially different for every person and can also be reactions with prescription rx. Plus, these supplements won't help your thyroid or any other part of your body. Save your money, see your doctor if you have a thyroid problem. Don't get medical info from tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Was just put on levothyroxine for my thyroid. Are there any side effects to this and are there any pre cautions I should take? Nervous abt taking it

Was just put on levothyroxine for my thyroid. Are there any side effects to this and are there any pre cautions I should take? Nervous abt taking it

Hypothyroidism: Please take levothyroxin early in the morning in empty stomach. You need to check the TSH level within 4- 6 weeks and then every 2-3 months depends on your blood level. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of thyroid medications for hypothyroidism?

What are the side effects of thyroid medications for hypothyroidism?

Medications: First of all you are taking a lot of medicines. Do you really need all of them. Please check with your doctor.
Hypothyroidism can only be controlled if enough thyroid medicine is prescribed.
Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Any body know about thyroid gland removal side effects.?

Any body know about thyroid gland removal side effects.?

Hypothyroidism: If the whole thyroid gland is removed, then the person need to take thyroid hormone to replace the thyroid function. Thyroid hormone is effective and very safe. Rarely, the operation can damage the nerve that controls the vocal cord. The parathyroid glands scan be damaged and cause a low blood calcium. This can be corrected with oral calcium. These are complications rather than side effects. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about thyroid gland removal and its side effects?

Complicated....: More than can be explained in 400 characters. Talk to a good surgeon. Most who have partial thyroidectomy don't need thyroid replacement. All who have total thyroidectomy need long term hormone replacement. Risk of parathyroid issues with total; this requires long term calcium replacement. Managed carefully, most folks don't have too much difficulty regulating their postop hormone issues. ...Read more