Can taking iodine help your hypothyroidism?

Unlikely. It is very very rare for iodine deficiency to cause hypothyroidism; our salt is supplemented. Most common cause in usa is hashimotos, and taking iodine supplementation without thyroid hormone can worsen your situation. See your pcp or endo for proper evaluation and treatment.

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Is taking iodine a good idea for hypothyroidism?

NO! Not in the us where 85% of hypothyroidism is due to hashimoto's - an inability to make thyroxine - and the treatment. In the world i deficiency is a major problem - but not here for the last 50+ years. Read more...

I'm taking synthroid (thyroxine) for hypothyroidism and also taking a liquid iodine supplement. Is this ok? What is more effective? Will my thyroid get better?

Get Iodine Level. There are still areas in Brazil with iodine deficiency. If you are iodine deficient and have an enlarging thyroid (goiter) and an underactive thyroid the iodine will likely be helpful and your Synthroid (thyroxine) dose may go down (do not take them at the same time). If you are not iodine deficient depending on the thyroid problem, iodine may actually worsen thyroid function. Get your iodine level checked. Read more...

Dear sir. I have hypothyroidism and I take 100mcg of levothyroxine everyday. Please tell me can I take iodine supplement, if I can how?

Why? If your Family Doc diagnosed you w/hypothyroidism and prescribed Levothyroxine, then you shouldn't need anything else, assuming that 100mcg is right dose for you. Only way to find out is to check your TSH every 6wks or so until you get several values in same range. If you still suffer from hypothyroidism despite 100mcg, tell your doc and get higher dose, not iodine supplement. Read more...
YouCanButCheckWithMD. I don't know if the salt in Afganistan is Iodised.If it is iodised than you do not need Iodine Supplement as 1 teaspoon of iodised salt ontains 400 micrograms of Iodine and you only need 200 micrograms per day. You can get your Idine level checked If you need supplement don't exceed 400 microgram a day But don't forget to ask your Doctor if it is ok to take. Read more...