A while I had an interesting discussion with a friend of mine. Her daughter -- then 20 -- had been diagnosed with autoimmune hypothyroidism, and prescribed thyroid medication. But she was saying that the benefits she'd noticed since starting treatment -- she lost weight, stopped losing hair, and had more energy -- were just not worth what she considered a negative side effect of her treatment: more regular periods. She's not alone -- I've heard from other patients -- not to mention their friends and family as well -- who don't take their thyroid medications.
So what are some common reasons people give for not taking their thyroid medication? What risks do you face if you don't take your thyroid hormone replacement, or antithyroid drugs? Are there new ways to think about the excuses people use for not taking their medications? Let's take a look at everything you need to know about NOT taking your thyroid medications...
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