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Checklist: Symptoms of Overmedication
from Mary Shomon,
Your Guide to Thyroid Disease

Some patients who are hypothyroid -- whether due to disease, surgery or radioactive iodine ablation -- can become medicated. The following is a checklist of potential symptoms that may indicate overmedication. If you have these symptoms, read Could You Be Overmedicated?, and see your practitioner right away for a complete evaluation of your thyroid and medication.

______ Elevated pulse and blood pressure
______ Anxiety, nervous energy, tremors, feeling jittery
______ Shaking hands, tremors
______ Feeling irritable, overemotional, aggressive, easily startled, or erratic
______ Difficult concentrating, mind is always racing, can't shut off thoughts
______ Difficulty sleeping, insomnia
______ Fatigue, exhaustion
______ Perspiring, feeling overheated, especially when others are cold
______ Diarrhea or loose bowels
______ Heart palpitations, feeling like heart is skipping a beat, or racing
______ Depression
______ Weight loss with no change to diet/exercise, or sometimes, paradoxically, weight gain
______ Increase in food intake, with no weight gain
______ Craving and/or eating more carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta, sweets, fruits, sugary foods, etc.)
______ Unusual hunger pangs
______ Excessive thirst
______ Loss of appetite
______ Diarrhea, or frequent bowel movements
______ Hair loss
______ Changes to menstrual period (lighter, less frequent)
______ Enlarged, sensitive or tender neck
______ Dizziness, breathlessness
______ Achy or weak muscles and joints
______ Eyes are enlarging or looking "bug-eyed"
______ Dry, gritty, irritated, red eyes
______ Headache in eye area, pain behind the eyes

Last updated: May 18, 2006

Mary Shomon, About.com's Thyroid Guide since 1997, is a nationally-known patient advocate and best-selling author of 10 books on health, including "The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss," "Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know," "Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism," "Living Well With Autoimmune Disease," "Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia," and the "Thyroid Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Success." Click here for more information on Mary Shomon.

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