Suffering from levothyroxine hair loss? Levothyroxine is KNOWN to cause hair loss in several different ways. If you are taking levothyroxine and suffering from hair fall then this is the video for you.
Levothyroxine is the #1 most commonly prescribed thyroid medication for hypothyroidism and low thyroid. But what you may not realize is that it can have many different side effects including hair loss.
Figuring out what causes hair loss can be difficult as a thyroid patient because your thyroid can contribute as well as your thyroid medication.
Use this guide to help you find the root cause of your hair loss so you can finally regrow your hair.
3 ways levothyroxine causes hair loss:
#1. Your levothyroxine dose is too high.
What you may not realize is that hyperthyroidism can lead to hair loss and taking TOO much levothyroxine can cause hyperthyroidism. Check your TSH and free T3/Free t4 levels if you think this may be happening to you. If it is, you will see a drop in your TSH, and an elevation in your free T4 levels. You may also experience the symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
#2. Your levothyroxine dose is too low.
Next, your dose may simply be too low. If your dose is too low then you are still suffering from hypothyroidism and low thyroid can CAUSE hair loss as well. If this is happening to you then you will see a RISE in your TSH and a DROP in your free t3 and free T4 levels.
#3. Your hair loss is directly caused by levothyroxine.
Lastly, levothyroxine ITSELF can cause hair loss regardless of your dose. Don’t worry, though, because there is a solution! All you need to do is switch to a different type of thyroid medication to see if that medication causes the same issue. As you swap through thyroid medications you will find one that works for you and does NOT cause hair loss.
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