Levothyroxine Side Effects: The Complete List + Dosing Guide for Patients - Dr. Westin Childs | Thyroid & Health Supplements That Work

Levothyroxine Side Effects: The Complete List + Dosing Guide for Patients

The Dr. Westin Childs Podcast
The Dr. Westin Childs Podcast
Levothyroxine Side Effects: The Complete List + Dosing Guide for Patients

In this video I go over the complete list of Levothyroxine side effects ranging from weight gain to hair loss and everything in between.

Yes, Levothyroxine can cause hair loss and it can also cause weight GAIN. How can that be if levothyroxine is supposed to boost your metabolism?

In this video I explain how the metabolism of thyroid hormone in your body from T4 to reverse T3 may help explain why many people actually gain weight on this particular medication.

I also go over the recommendations I give to patients if this happens to them.

I also go over how to determine which thyroid medication is right for YOUR Body and how to dose your levothyroxine.

When patients have reactions to levothyroxine it’s from 1 of 3 reasons typically:

1) they are reacting to a filler ingredient or a dye within the medication itself.

2) they are converting or metabolizing the thyroid hormone into by products that don’t promote proper activity

3) they are getting too much thyroid hormone for THEIR body (this one is less common)

The side effects when patients react to fillers or dyes include reactions like facial swelling, edema, hives, itching sensation, etc.

The side effects from improper metabolism include reactions like weight gain, hair loss, slower than normal metabolism, cold hands/extremities, etc.

The side effects from TOO much medication include: hot flashes, tachycardia or rapid heart rate, palpitations, hair loss, intolerance to heat.

The treatment for each of these reactions is quite different and I explain what to do depending on how you are reacting.

Leave your questions below!

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Address: 3303 E Baseline Rd #204, Gilbert, AZ 85234
Phone: (480) 964-5107

Dr. Westin Childs is the Thyroid and Weight Loss Doctor

This video is not intended to be used as medical advice. If you have questions about your health please consult your physician or primary care provider. Dr. Westin Childs goes to great lengths to produce high quality content but this is NOT a substitute for medical care.

2 thoughts on “Levothyroxine Side Effects: The Complete List + Dosing Guide for Patients”

  1. Thanks for your video….I have low thyroid….My primary doctor prescribed Levrothyroxine instead of synthyroid. I can tell a big difference….. I am cold all the time with very cold hands. I feel tired most time. I do appreciate your video. I need to find a new doctor.


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