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Levothyroxine is a drug used to treat hypothyroidism, which is a condition that results from underactive thyroid gland. It provides thyroid hormone to the body. The side effects include increased appetite, weight loss, excessive sweating, nervousness, and anxiety.

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I have taken Levothyroxine sodium for a year. Should I continue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 71 years old, five feet tall, and weigh 118 pounds. I take Levothyroxine sodium 100 mcg daily, five times a week. I felt good about this for about a year. Now I am exhausted, and have an achy body, brain fog, and constipation. A year ago, my thyroid levels were in the normal range...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have hypothyroidism as per history and taking Thyroxine for that. The dose of Levothyroxine is changed according to the serum TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) level. Therefore, the level of TSH should be maintained within range by changing the dose of Levothyrox...  Read Full »

I suffer from Grave's disease. Why is my thyroid high?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35-year-old female and I have a history of Grave's disease, treated with radioactive iodine 15 years ago and have been on Levothyroxine ever since. I have symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism and my medication has been increased several times in the past due to high TS...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to One of the most common complications of radioactive iodine therapy is hypothyroidism. I suggest that you increase the dose to 150 mcg. Some patients may require up to 300 mcg so do not worry about the dose. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and...  Read Full »

Why TSH is high two months after stopping Levothyroxine?

Query: Dear doctor, I had multinodular goiter with normal TSH. I was taking Levothyroxine tablet daily for 12 months. Now, two months after completing the tablets, my TSH is 11.5 (max 5.5). Why?  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As long as you were taking Levothyroxine, your body levels of T3, T4 hormones were maintained at normal levels. Due to your goiter, your body is not producing T3, T4 hormones adequately. But, that is getting compensated by excessive synthesis of TSH (thyroid-stimulatin...  Read Full »

I am currently taking Levothyroxine and Diazepam and would like to add pomegranate extract that has 40 % ellagic acid. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently only taking Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism and Diazepam for anxiety. I would like to add pomegranate extract that has 40 % ellagic acid. Is it safe to take this supplement with my current medicine? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query. To my knowledge, there is no literature evidence to support the interaction between pomegranate extract and either Levothyroxine or Diazepam. There is enough literature that says pomegranate juice inhibits the CYP3A group of enzymes in the liver whic...  Read Full »

Please suggest an effective way to manage from menorrhagia.

Query: Hi doctor, I have severe menorrhagia for the past 18 months, were two of my periods have lasted 48 to 50 days of bleeding. I visited the GP countless times, who tried changing my prescription of contraceptives, put me on Norethisterone, had scans done and blood tests. I changed from Levlen to Diane,...  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The most probable cause of your excessive bleeding, which is also prolonged, is due to dysfunctional uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalance. Due to that, the bleeding continues for a long time and can only be controlled by medicines. Apart from that, you are also ...  Read Full »

Levothyroxine and Armour Thyroid are causing side effects. What can be done now?

Query: Hello doctor, Levothyroxine and Armour Thyroid both cause awful side effects for me. What can be done now? I cannot tolerate either of them.  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Abdul Kader

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are taking treatment for hypothyroidism, it is to see that you get the right dose. But whether you are being over replaced or under replaced should be determined by periodic thyroid function test, if a single hormone, then TSH which shows amplified suppression an...  Read Full »

Should I continue taking Levothyroxine even if my TSH level is normal?

Query: Hello doctor,I was tested for hypothyroidism before few years. My TSH was 5.6, and put on 50 mg of Levothyroxine and not explained anything about it to me. I took medicine for the past 12 years with lots of side effects. I got rashes, dry skin, frizzy hair, hair loss on legs and arms, and hair start...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Abdul Nasir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your problem and can understand that it must have been quite difficult to take some medication for 12 years. Now there are somethings about thyroid and hypothyroidism that you should know. Usually, a thyroid profile is done when a doctor suspects...  Read Full »

Please explain the abnormal factors in my sister's health report.

Query: Hi doctor, My sister is 35 years old. She feels tired and weak. So, she went through a preventive health checkup and the following parameters are shown as not normal in her report. Regarding her medication, she takes 100 mg thyroid tablet daily. I have attached her report. Please let me know if ther...  Read Full »

Dr. R. Rahul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the history that you have provided of your sister it looks like she is having hypothyroidism. This requires medication such as Thyroxine as she is already taking. Tiredness and weakness are the symptoms of this thyroid disorder and dosage should be monitored regular...  Read Full »

I am having palpitations after taking Levothyroxine. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism two months back and started on Armour 15 mg. Four weeks later, upon rechecking, my TSH dropped four numbers which were good but I had some palpitations for a short time each day. I just switched to Levothyroxine 50 mg and the palpitations are maybe o...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Have you checked your heart rate during the episodes of palpitations? Nonetheless, the palpitations will get better when you take Levothyroxine dose gradually. So no need to worry about it. Just continue taking the thyroid medicine and your symptoms will improve with...  Read Full »

Can I double the dose of Levothyroxine until I see a doctor?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my lab results recently. I have an appointment with the thyroid doctor in a week. I am afraid of going to the ER plus I have muscle spasms, body jerks, and confusion. Two days ago, I took a double levothyroxine dose of 125 mcg. Yesterday, I added 5 mcg synthetic T3, maybe a secon...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and from what you have mentioned it appears that you have hypothyroidism. I suggest that you take tablet Levothyroxine 50 mcg once daily keeping in mind your age and based on your weight and lab results. Consult your specialist doctor, ...  Read Full »

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