Levothyroxine

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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How long should I take Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism?

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. Nasir

Pain Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

How to treat high TSH levels?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 62-year-old female. I took a blood test, and my thyroid levels T3 - 129ng/dl, T4 - 9.6ug/dl, and TSH 11.8 ul/ml. Please suggest medicine to cure my thyroid problem.  Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Endocrinologist, Diabetologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your TSH is high and T3, and T4 are normal. It is called subclinical hypothyroidism. You need to take Levothyroxine 25 mcg once daily before breakfast. Take for six weeks, then repeat TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone). Your TSH target is 0.5 to 5. Let me know your res...  Read Full »

Please suggest an effective way to get cured from menorrhagia.

Query: I have severe menorrhagia for the past 18 months, where two of my periods have lasted 48-50 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 and they said ...  Read Full »


Dr. Monica Mathur

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

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

Which of the two opinions for my TSH value is correct?

Query: Hi doctor, I am very concerned about my health. I made an appointment last year with an endocrinologist. I had a laboratory work and my TSH was 3.4. It was considered normal on laboratory ranges. But, my primary doctor said that 3.4 is high on what it should be consider the new normal. My LDL chole...  Read Full »


Dr. Bindiya Thakkar

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Work up of hypothyroidism involves just TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) or TSH and free T4. TT3 (triiodothyronine) or reverse T3 has no role in the diagnosis of hypothyroidism and it is useful in hyperthyroidism. TSH more than 10 is hypothyroidism and definitely need...  Read Full »

Will lowering high TSH value help with pain in my leg and knee area?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 42-year-old female. I am a thyroid patient and going through a lot of pain around my leg and knee area. I am unable to walk properly and the pain is constant. So I recently did a blood test and the report showed high TSH rate which is about 29.423 ulU/mL   Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Endocrinologist, Diabetologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your thyroid tests (attachment removed to protect patient identity) show that you have hypothyroidism. Your thyroid hormone T4 is low and TSH is quite high. So you need to start your medication. Please take Levothyroxine 50 mcg once daily before breakfast. When you ...  Read Full »

Is high TPO value the cause for my thyroid derangement?

Query: Hi doctor, I am on Synthroid 75 mcg. My family doctor referred me to an endocrinologist and he had ordered some tests. The results are: TSH - 3.45 (gone down from 5.45). T4, T3 tests canceled as per the guidelines. TPO is 48 and normal range is under 35. Thyroperoxidase Ab - 48. I am cur...  Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Endocrinologist, Diabetologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your TSH is in the normal range. Your TPO, as you mentioned, is high, indicating an autoimmune condition. So right now, you should continue with the same dose of Levothyroxine because it is maintaining your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) in normal range. Check your...  Read Full »

Can I get my routine blood test report interpreted online?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a healthy male. My age is 44. My weight is 71 kg and height is 165 cm. I do not take any medications except organic multivitamins and Omega everyday with vitamin D3. I am not suffering from any medical symptoms or conditions. I stay active and control my food intake to be as healthy a...  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara P

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Pain Medicine Physician, Pulmonologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are glad to help you. Please attach your reports. Revert back with the reports to an endocrinologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/endocrinologist  Read Full »

Why do I still feel like passing out?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 38 year old male. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism before 1.5 years. Currently, I am on Thyroxine 75 mcg and Aten 25. Still, I have the symptom of passing out feeling. Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Rajyaguru

Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to have some more information. When was your last FT4 and TSH levels checked? What do you feel exactly? Is there any generalized weakness or giddiness? Do you have an inability to tolerate cold? Please let me know the answers to discuss further. Revert back w...  Read Full »

What is the cause of my mother's weakness?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is feeling weak. She has pain in her left hip joint, thigh and leg. She also feels cold. We took hemoglobin and thyroid profile test. The result is as follows. Hemoglobin 7.4 (reference interval : 12 - 15), total T3 91.4 (reference interval : 70 - 204), total T4 5.8 (refere...  Read Full »


Dr. Bindiya Thakkar

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. She has an underactive thyroid. Does she have any history of this problem? This is an endocrine issue and she needs treatment. You have not provided her weight for dosage recommendations. Her hemoglobin is quite low and this is not an endocrine issue. Is she consulting w...  Read Full »

Are TSH drops and fast heartbeats normal while on Levothyroxine?

Query: I had a thyroidectomy and have taken levothyroxine 112mcg every day for the past 10 years and has maintained around 3.5 to 5 TSH level felt great. (last good test was 4 months back at TSH 4.0). However three months back, I had to change to a different brand of levothyroxine and used for 2 months, th...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello dear sudden drop of tsh level may be due to thyroiditis or inflammation or leak of thyroid hormones lead to reduced TSH. Other possibilities are like mistakenly taken excessive levothyroxine or previous doses may not obsorbed well with immediate food intake etc. In case of thyroiditis stag...  Read Full »

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