Q. My TSH level was 11. 768 U/mL, do I have to start taking Synthroid again?

Answered by
Dr. Swaraj S W
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on May 14, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

I had a thyroid test three years back, and my levels were 7.043 U/mL, so I was put on thyroid medication for hypothyroidism. After experiencing some side effects from the Synthroid drug, I discussed alternatives with an endocrinologist. He advised me to stop my medication and retest after six weeks. When I retested, my levels were 2.7 U/mL. My primary care doctor advised I test once per year, just in case. I had a test this month, and the levels were at 11.768 U/mL. I do not want to take pills again if this is just a random fluctuation. Why would my levels fluctuate this way and what do you suggest my course of action be? I started my period the day of my blood test, could that have affected the levels? Synthroid made my hair fall out, and I do not want to take it if I do not have to. Please advise.

Dr. Swaraj S W

Diabetology Endocrinology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • Levothyroxine is one of the safest medicine with as good as no side effects. Earlier you had subclinical hypothyroidism.
  • But, now it has progressed to overt hypothyroidism. You can still wait for another four weeks and repeat the test if it is more than 10 U/mL, you will need to take medicines.
  • Having your period does not change the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels much.

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