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Mary Shomon

When Patients Won't Take Their Thyroid Medication

By February 26, 2013

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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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March 12, 2013 at 9:00 am
(1) ibivi says:

Most thyroid imbalances are often life-long conditions and should not be ignored. The benefits of taking medication to stabilize thyroid levels outweigh the negatives. Patients should not take this lightly. They should discuss any concerns they may have with their doctor. Generally, thyroid medications are effective and will improve their quality of life. Young adults need to be given appropriate medical advice so that they understand the nature of their condition. Always consult your doctor before discontinuing any medication you have been prescribed.

March 12, 2013 at 12:59 pm
(2) Sharon Letts says:

I’m a Thyroid/Menopause patient, and a national Cannabis writer with a focus on medicine.
Last summer I began ingesting raw leaf in a smoothie daily to combat breast cancer (success w/leaf & oil), and have had immediate benefits with a drastic drop of Thyroid symptoms.
The roughage from blending in a smoothie has helped my digestive, metabolism, helped me to drop pounds, helps with energy levels and depression with NO PSYCHOACTIVE symptoms. (THC is only activated when heated.)
I’ve been traveling for work and ran out of Synthroid weeks ago (prescribed since 1999). Will get a blood test this week and see how my levels are, but Cannabis works with our endocrine system, so I expect to see a difference.
Cannabis also reduces cysts and tumors, and my Thyroid Disease was diagnosed with benign cysts, so I expect the cysts to be gone, as well. Will request an MRI to verify.

March 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm
(3) Jes says:

I just stopped taking mine for the 2nd time in 13 years. My new pharmacy switched my brand and it really screwed me up. Depression, mood swings, sleepy. It was worse than ever! I think the new perscription is somehow higher dose than other even if it says it is the same. I was horrible to my husband and daughter one time and that is enough for me. Hopefully when I get to see my new doctor on the 27th, they can put me back on levoxyl and I will be ok. I don’t suggest anyone just stopping but I had too or I think I would have had a heart attack or strangled someone! Lol

October 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm
(4) Sarah says:

I have been off my meds, not because I don’t want to take them or because I can’t afford the meds themselves, but because I can’t afford to see the Dr or get the blood test. I am currently unemployed, and trying desperately to find a job. I applied for insurance but was denied due to a pre-existing condition. Now, that things have changed I will have insurance beginning the first of the year, at which point I will be seeing my Dr ASAP to get myself back on meds and back to healthy. I hate how sick I feel currently.

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