Side Effects of Stopping Thyroid Medication Abruptly (& Why it isn't Safe)
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Side Effects of Stopping Thyroid Medication Abruptly (& Why it isn’t Safe)

Is it safe to stop taking thyroid medication?

In most cases, if you stop taking your medication cold turkey, you will experience many negative side effects. 

In this post you will learn more about why you shouldn't stop taking your thyroid medication (without physician supervision), the side effects of stopping thyroid medication abruptly, reasons why it isn't safe and what to do instead.

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Is it Safe to Stop Taking Thyroid Medication?

The answer is no, in many cases it is not safe to stop taking your thyroid medication (at least not without physician supervision). 

In some cases, it's actually incredibly risky to stop taking your medication, especially if you have had your thyroid removed or destroyed from radioactive iodine ablation

It may surprise you that your thyroid is responsible for some very important functions inside your body. 

And when I say important, that's really an understatement. 

Thyroid hormone is required to function optimally, but it's also required for you to be alive. 

The complete lack of thyroid hormone leads to a condition known as myxedema coma which can lead to death

Fortunately, there are VERY few deaths from these conditions due to the ability to catch and diagnose thyroid dysfunction. 

The problem does not occur with the diagnosis of thyroid function, instead, it occurs with the MANAGEMENT of thyroid disease via thyroid hormone

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Most Doctors can easily and readily diagnose thyroid dysfunction, but the way that they treat thyroid dysfunction has lead to many disgruntled thyroid patients. 

These patients then go out and seek alternative therapies to try and feel better. 

But make no mistake, the problem is not necessarily the medication (you probably need thyroid medication), instead, the problem has more to do with dosing, the type of thyroid medication you are taking, etc

If you were put on thyroid medication then there is probably a good reason that you need it. 

The problem with stopping your medication (abruptly or otherwise) has to do with how thyroid hormone impacts your body. 

When you take exogenous thyroid medication (like from Levothyroxine or Synthroid) you are basically shutting down the ability of your own body to produce thyroid hormone naturally. 

Your body then becomes reliant upon the medication that you are putting into your body each and every day. 

If you suddenly stop taking that medication your body will not be able to produce its own thyroid hormone (usually for days to weeks) and during this time period, you will most likely feel terrible

The symptoms that you will experience tend to mimic the symptoms of hypothyroidism (which probably lead you to your Doctor, to begin with) but may even be worse. 

Symptoms associated with stopping thyroid medication include: 

  • Worsening of brain fog
  • Increased fatigue
  • Increased weight gain
  • Increased menstrual irregularity
  • Increased hair loss
  • Worsening of constipation or GI issues
  • Worsening memory function
  • Increased pain
  • And other symptoms of hypothyroidism

These side effects usually mimic the side effects of hypothyroidism, because if you stop taking your medication your body will not be able to produce it naturally for some time. 

This may sound depressing, but it doesn't have to be. 

Instead of stopping your medication there is another approach

We will discuss more about that below (you can skip there if you want to now), but first I want to discuss some basics about how thyroid medication is impacting your body. 

4 Reasons You'll Probably get Worse If you Stop Taking your Medication

There will always be exceptions to these reasons, but most of you will probably feel worse if you stop taking your thyroid medication for the following reasons: 

#1. Your Body May be Reliant upon the Medication

The first group of patients that should never stop taking thyroid medication includes those who do not have a thyroid or those who have had their thyroid removed. 

This typically stems from conditions such as hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer. 

If you don't have a thyroid (or if it's destroyed) then you are REQUIRED to supplement with thyroid hormone indefinitely!

That means you will NEED to take thyroid medication for the rest of your life. 

Remember, we said that thyroid hormone is required for you to function and for you to live. 

If you can't produce it naturally then you have to take it in some other way. 

This group of people should never make changes to their thyroid medication without physician supervision as it can be very dangerous

Does that mean that you need to suffer from any existing symptoms?

No, but it does mean that you should be very thoughtful about any changes you make to your thyroid medication and dosing. 

In many cases, adding some T3 to your current medication regimen is enough to improve your symptoms dramatically. 

I've discussed various options for patients post thyroidectomy in this post here

This information is also relevant if you have had your thyroid damaged or destroyed via RAI. 

#2. Your HPT Axis is Blunted

When you take thyroid hormone it causes a feedback loop which inhibits the natural production of TSH from your pituitary gland. 

The more thyroid hormone you take, the lower your TSH will go

TSH stands for 'thyroid stimulating hormone' because it stimulates the production and release of thyroid hormone from your thyroid gland. 

The lower your TSH goes the more your body is reliant upon thyroid medication for thyroid hormone

TSH is part of an important axis known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis

In this axis, your body produces TRH which stimulates TSH which stimulates thyroid hormone production. 

This normal axis is disrupted when you take any sort of thyroid medication (T4 or T3 or otherwise). 

Even some supplements, such as iodine, can alter this axis. 

It's important to realize that this axis is altered when you take thyroid function because it impacts your body's ability to produce thyroid hormone if you stop or alter your medication. 

This axis is very sensitive and it can take weeks to months for it to come back to normal

Consider cases of HPA suppression from cortisol (which can take 6-12 months to recover) or cases of HPO suppression from birth control medication. 

While your body is trying to heal you will be left with an insufficient amount of thyroid hormone and you will most likely feel worse.  

#3. Your Body may NOT be able to Produce Thyroid Hormone by itself at 100%

People may assume that when they stop taking thyroid medication their body will be able to start producing it on its own. 

This should happen eventually, but you also have to consider the fact that your body may not be able to even produce a normal amount by itself (thus the requirement for additional thyroid hormone through medication). 

Imagine this scenario:

If you have Hashimoto's, and you've had it for many years, there is a good chance that you have some element of permanent thyroid damage to your gland. 

The autoimmune component of Hashimoto's may lead to the eventual destruction of your entire thyroid gland which means it can no longer produce thyroid hormone by itself. 

Even though this process can take years or decades before you lose 100% of function you will lose 50% of function and so on. 

So, if you decide to stop taking your medication your body can only produce the amount that it is capable of producing. 

If your body is capable of producing less than the amount that you are taking then you will be at an even worse deficit! 

In some cases, you may be able to improve the amount that your body produces naturally, but you won't be able to determine how much this is unless you go off your medication. 

This may be an option for some people, but again, it should not be done without physician supervision. 

The last thing you want to have happened when you alter your medication is that you feel worse. 

#4. Thyroid Supplements do not Replace Thyroid Hormone (They aren't as powerful as medications) 

Lastly, some people make the assumption that taking thyroid supplements (such as those available over the counter) may allow for them to stop taking their thyroid medication. 

I am a big fan of thyroid supplementation and recommend that many of my patients use very specific and powerful supplements. 

But it's not safe to assume that supplements have the ability to replace thyroid medication. 

Thyroid medication is always more potent and more powerful than any supplement (available over the counter). 

Thyroid hormones are regulated by the FDA which means that they require a prescription medication.

The only exception is T2, which is available in some over the counter supplements. 

T3 and T4 will require a physician supervision. 

It is possible to purchase T3 and T4 via online pharmacies, but these pharmacies may not supply you with the correct dose or medication and they are not worth the risk (in my opinion). 

Why do Some People Feel Better when they Stop Taking their Medication? 

If you spend any time researching on the internet you will always find someone who has a positive experience when they stop taking their medication. 

But you have to ask yourself a very important question:

Is there experience, medical condition, circumstances, etc. the exact same as mine?

In most cases, you will find the answer to that question is no. 

It's very possible that these patients may have been incorrectly placed on thyroid hormone, to begin with. 

If you are taking thyroid medication, especially T4, and your body didn't actually need it, then stopping the medication may actually make you feel better. 

This likely has to do with thyroid hormone conversion and metabolism in your body. 

But, let's go back to the idea of incorrectly taking thyroid medication for a minute. 

It's possible, that through incorrect testing of an isolated TSH test, that patients can be placed on thyroid medication inappropriately. 

Your TSH can fluctuate on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and is sensitive to factors such as stress, supplements, sleep and so on. 

In addition, it's estimated that up to 5% of lab tests are inaccurate (just from the standard error of measurement). 

Either of these conditions can set the stage for improper management in a patient with normal thyroid function. 

The chances of this happening are slim, but the chances of stopping thyroid medication and feeling better are also slim. 

Just realize that some people may feel better when they stop the medication, but the exact reason should be evaluated on the individual level. 

Never make any assumptions about your body or your thyroid function based on someone else's experience. 

What to do Instead of Stopping your Thyroid Medication

If you feel like you are stuck with your current thyroid medication and aren't sure what to do then this is the section for you. 

Before you consider stopping your thyroid medication make sure you at least look at these potential options which tend to help MOST people. 

#1. Get a Complete Thyroid Lab Panel

The first step is to get a complete thyroid lab panel. 

I've discussed, at length, what is included in this panel, and you can find more information in this post

The reason that this is so important is that, without it, you are really flying blind. 

Ordering and obtaining all of the thyroid lab tests will help give you information about how well you are absorbing thyroid medication, how well you are utilizing it in your body, how your body is metabolizing/converting it and so on. 

This step is the MOST important (well, second to only #5) for ensuring that you feel better because you can't treat without it. 

If your current doctor is unwilling to order these tests then you may need to seek out a second opinion and look for someone who specializes in thyroid care. 

This lab panel includes the following tests: TSH, free t3, free t4, reverse T3, thyroid antibodies and sex hormone binding globulin

You can read more about what each test tells you, including optimal ranges, in this post. 

#2. Consider Altering your Medication or Dose

The next step, which hopefully follows #1, is to take a hard look at which medication you are currently using. 

Most patients, especially those who feel terrible, all find themselves taking the same medication: Levothyroxine or Synthroid. 

This T4 only thyroid medication may be one of the reasons that you aren't feeling well. 

In order for your body to activate this medication, it must convert it into T3 (through thyroid conversion) and not everyone does this at the same rate. 

This means that there are some people (up to 15% of the population based on genetic studies) who simply don't do well on T4 only thyroid medication. 

In a great many cases, feeling better can be as easy as switching up the type of medication you are taking. 

Medications like NDT (Armour thyroid and WP thyroid) or Cytomel/Liothyronine, contain T3 and can be added to your current thyroid regimen. 

In other cases, it may not be that you are on the wrong medication, but that you are taking an insufficient dose. 

The answer to people in this category may be as easy as increasing your medication. 

#3. Consider adding Thyroid Supplements to Compliment your Medication

Another surprisingly effective strategy for improving your thyroid is through the use of targeted supplements. 

Some patients may be able to dramatically improve their symptoms (reduce their symptoms) with the use of these high-quality supplements. 

I have several supplements that I have used on hundreds of patients which you can find more about here. 

When you use supplements make sure that you find very high-quality supplements, and make sure that you are using it for your desired outcome. 

Not all supplements are created equal and not all thyroid patients will need the exact same supplements. 

If you know that you have low T3 or have a problem converting thyroid hormone, then taking a supplement designed for improving T3 conversion is probably ideal

If you know that you have low energy from adrenal issues, then taking an adrenal/thyroid supplement is probably ideal. 

If you know that you have gut issues which may be contributing to your Hashimoto's, then taking a probiotic may be ideal

These supplements can be used in conjunction with your existing thyroid medication and with other therapies, which makes them great for "layering" therapies on top of each other. 

You'll often find, and this is the case in my practice, that those people who do more than one thing at a time often have more improvement than those who do one thing. 

Supplements also have the advantage of being available over the counter, which means that they are easy to get (much easier than thyroid medication). 

Whenever possible, it's always a great idea to take your health into your own hands, to do your own research and make informed decisions about your body and health. 

Supplements allow you to do just that. 

#4. Improve your lifestyle (Diet + Exercise + Stress Reduction)

In case you aren't already aware, another very important factor that is within your control is the food that you put into your body and how much you exercise. 

If you aren't doing these two things then you are potentially missing out on an improvement in your symptoms. 

Diet and exercise by itself are probably not enough to "cure" your condition (though it may for some) but it will allow you to feel better, help maintains your weight and improves thyroid function. 

Included with diet and exercise should be stress reduction techniques. 

Techniques such as meditation are also incredibly powerful at reducing stress and help you cope with difficult situations. 

Stress may not always be within your control, but what you can control is how well you cope with it by adding certain techniques. 

I've written extensively about diet, exercise and thyroid function on this blog before so I won't go deep into it now. 

Just realize this is something you should be doing. 

#5. Find a New Doctor (or get a second opinion)

Lastly, and perhaps the most important thing you can do is to try and find a physician or Doctor who is willing and able to help you with your condition. 

Doctors such as endocrinologists and PCP's may, surprisingly, not be best suited to help you. 

These physicians tend to be engrained in their logic and thought patterns and are not really interested in newer or alternative therapies (even though these therapies are well studied and proven to be effective). 

In most cases, it's not worth the energy to fight with your Doctor for tests or medications. 

The chances you of convincing your Doctor to do this is slim to none. 

A better approach, however, is to find a Doctor who is already knowledgeable and understands how to help. 

This can definitely but difficult, but I've put together some resources to help. 

You can find more information about how to find a thyroid doctor here

Final Thoughts

The bottom line?

In most cases, discontinuing your thyroid medication (abruptly or otherwise) is not a wise decision. 

The exception would be if you are starting a new medication, altering your dose or if you are doing it with physician supervision. 

It's far better, instead, to try other therapies (which are proven to be effective) with a knowledgeable physician

Now I want to hear from you:

Are you struggling with getting proper thyroid care?

Is your current physician unwilling to work with you to try something new?

Have you thought about discontinuing your medication?

Leave your comments below! 

Westin Childs
 

Dr. Westin Childs is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. He provides well-researched actionable information about hormone-related disorders and formulates supplements to treat these disorders. He is trained in Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine. His focus is on managing thyroid disorders, weight loss resistance, and other sex hormone imbalances. You can read more about his own personal journey here.

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Barbara Yazzie - May 23, 2018

Hello Doctor Childs,
I live in Farmington NM and had HypoThyroidism for 35 years. I had a good doctor who took care of me and prescribed 0.1 mg levothyroxine all those years. So I am 61 now and my conditioned got worse. I have a new doc who prescribed 25mcg liothyronine for my T3. It only helped me have daily bowel movements. Previously I was having bowel movements every other day. I still feel tired and wired with my new meds. How long does it take for the liothyronine to work so I can feel better. I have been on it one month. My new doc is saying all my blood lab work shows the T4 is normal and he will go by how i feel. Last week I slept for two days and it did help me to rest up. Some days I feel like I can’t catch my breath and end up
Resting until my breathing gets back to normal. My doc is going to have my heart checked for heart failure.

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    Westin Childs - May 24, 2018

    Hi Barbara,

    Liothyronine usually kicks in within the first 4-6 weeks of taking it. So if it’s going to work for you, you should feel something by that time. Also, it’s probably a good idea to ensure proper cardiac function (with an echo) before continuing to alter that dose of T3, especially if there is even some minor concern of heart failure.

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Michele - May 23, 2018

I recently started taking Armour, I’ve worked up to 120mg. I am also 4 months postpartum, my hair is falling out so bad. I want to stop the medication. My labs were are in normal range, just not optimal. I don’t feel any better on Armour either.

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    Westin Childs - May 23, 2018

    Hi Michele,

    It would be a good idea to check for postpartum thyroiditis and to also check for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, either of these may explain your symptoms. It may be that you are getting the wrong treatment, but there are also other options as well.

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      Michele - May 24, 2018

      My thyroid peroxidase was <0.3 reference range 0.0 – 9.0

      And my thyroglobulin was < 0.9 reference range 0.0 – 4.0

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Elise - May 26, 2018

Dear Dr. Childs,
My daughter sent me your website and I have been reading your articles. I am 84 and in pretty good health. I take no medications but take some nutritional supplements. I am having trouble with my thyroid. I have found an NP that has given me a full thyroid panel of tests. The trouble is no one understands how to read them. I have a TSH of 26.23, T3 Free 2.5, T4 Free 0.9, ReverseT3 ,LC/MS/MS 14,T3, Total 67, T4 (Thyroxine), Total 4.9, TPO AB Endpoint 181, Thyroglobulin antibodies 3, Thyroglobulin 47.4, B12 1050. They did the B12 because I am very tired in the afternoon. After reading some of your articles I asked them for some T3 (Liothyronine) I am taking 5mg at your suggestion in the morning. Now I am wondering if I have done the right thing. It just seemed logical to me since my TSH was so high and so were the antibodies both of which would seem to me keep the T4 from converting into T3. Now this just seems like a by-pass. Can you help me understand my numbers at all and should I be taking this T3 medication.
I would so appreciate a reply and thank you for the help you have given through all your informative articles.
Sincerely,
Elise

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Darcy - June 14, 2018

Hi Dr. Childs,
I had a consult with you back in Feb 2018. At the time you recommended T3, cytomel for me, titrating up to 25mcg dose. My most recent bloodwork revealed very very low TSH (which I believe is to be expected) but T4, Total T3 and free T3 were all lower than on my previous labs????
I’ve also noticed since taking T4 in combo with my T3 (as recommended by my current doc early may 2018) that my fasting blood glucose is way higher than normal. Thoughts???

Thanks
Dr. Oikawa

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    Westin Childs - July 5, 2018

    Hi Darcy!

    Make sure you re-check your labs to make sure that those results are indeed accurate. Many times lab tests are not, so if they don’t make sense (or correlate with your clinical picture) then re-check them.

    In regards to your glucose, sometimes patients do experience an increase in glucose when using T3 but it’s usually temporary!

    Hope this helps 🙂

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L. Katz - June 18, 2018

I recently had a total thyroidectomy of the right lobe due to a large mass (benign); this followed the loss of my left lobe for similar reasons many years ago. I also had a very large mass of thyroid tissue in my thoracic region which was also removed. On discharge I was given levothyroxine 150 mcg, enough for 30 days with no refill and told to get a blood test 3-6 weeks after the surgery. I’ve been dealing with thyroid issues my whole life (l’m 69) and I waited not quite 4 weeks to have the blood work done in the hope that if the surgeon received the results before my pills ran out I would get a refill. I don’t t know at this point if that is going to happen or not and I run out of pills tomorrow. However my next follow-up appointment isn’t for more than a week. My question is whether it is going to be OK to just stop taking the replacement cold turkey like that until I hear from the surgeon or go to my next appointment? Your opinion will be appreciated. Thank you.

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    Westin Childs - June 21, 2018

    Hi L. Katz,

    If you’ve had a portion of your thyroid removed then it would not be a good idea to suddenly stop or make changes to your thyroid dosing without physician supervision. It would be better to try and bump the appointment up if possible.

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BONNIE G VENT - August 10, 2018

Hi Dr. Childs,

I am currently taking Levothyroxine 125MCG in the morning.
I am reading about the health benefits of wheatgrass juice. Can this replace my medication? I do realize I need to keep taking my medication until I get new lab results but wondered what you thought about wheatgrass juice as an ultimate replacement for low dosage meds.

Thanks so much,
Bonnie

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    Westin Childs - August 22, 2018

    Hi Bonnie,

    I wouldn’t recommend going off of any medication without discussing it with your current physician. It only seems likely that you could reduce your dose if you have some sort of reversible condition causing your hypothyroidism to begin with (but you would need to figure out if this is the case for you before making any changes to your medication).

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Barb moretti - August 22, 2018

Hi, Dr. I was on Levothyroxine for about 5 yrs and didn’t have too many issues s until my dose was continually raised. I then went on Ndt. I’ve been suffering severe insomnia since starting this. I also have hashimotos. I’ve decided to go cold turkey and not take anything to see if it’s the meds causing my insomnia. I’m starting to sleep a little better since stopping. But now I’m not sure what to do. I feel like like I just hit a brick wall.

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    Westin Childs - August 22, 2018

    Hi Barb,

    It’s probably not so much related to your medication as it is the dose of the medication you are taking. Insomnia may be an indicator you were taking too much hormone for your body. The best way to tease this out is with lab testing.

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Alyssa Z - August 24, 2018

Hi Dr. Childs!
So a few years back I went to a holistic Dr. and she ended up putting me on a natural thyroid medicine… in the long run I didn’t think it was making me feel any better, therefore, I ended up going to my PCP and she tested my thyroid levels and ended up putting me on medication. While I’ve been on it for a few years, I’ve never actually noticed a difference even in the beginning of taking it. I’m 27 and I wanted to try to go cold turkey off the medicine To see if I would be fine without it and I’m having insomnia and heart palpitations throughout the evening… I know going cold turkey isn’t probably normal, but I’m a week into it, are the heart palpitations and insomnia normal? I’m thinking it’s just my bodies way of getting off the medicine, hopefully, it will stop soon!

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    Westin Childs - August 24, 2018

    Hi Alyssa,

    No, heart palpitations and insomnia are not normal side effects. You definitely want to make sure that you touch base with your Doctor to ensure that it’s safe for you to stop taking your medication.

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Debbie - September 9, 2018

I recently had to stop cold turkey on my Armour Thyroid supplements because I lost my job and have no Insurance, what do you recommend to supplement, I have an increase in heart palpitations and cold fingers and I am sleepy.

Thank You
Debbie

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Bill - September 11, 2018

I recently got prescribed with 25mcg of Levothyroxine only issues I was having was tiredness in afternoon hours. I have been on it for about a month and the other day I felt like my anxiety was higher than normal and when I went to bed my mind was racing and I was shaking uncontrollably. Do you think this could be due to taking thyroid medications and not needing them? My Dr said my thyroid levels were slightly low and I’m afraid my levels are now too high is why I’m experiencing these issues. I cut back to a 1/2 of a pill of 25mcg and seem to be doing better. Thoughts?

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    Westin Childs - September 12, 2018

    Hi Bill,

    Yes, taking too much thyroid hormone can definitely trigger anxiety and panic attacks. It’s hard to say if that’s what happened in your case, however.

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Lorie - September 13, 2018

Hello,
I am 52 and on .5 Synthroid. I have recently moved to a new community and away from my doctor of 32 years. I am now in a conveyor belt system of health care doctors reading online info rather than listening to you as an individual and operating out of offices with multiple people working with the same receptionist or out of a walk-in clinic leaving me alone and unheard.
my new (?) doctor did blood work upon meeting me and immediately took me off the Synthroid saying i “probably didn’t need it, let’s see what happens with the next blood work”. I have been told by many, many professionals that you should never go off this med.
I have been off it now for 6 days and terrified I will get sick, lose my hair, gain weight etc.
she is taking me off it as she said: “why be on a medication if you do not need it?”. She is retesting my blood work in 3 months.
By that time if it turns out I needed it will I then need more? will I get sick by then if I did need it all along?
Please advise. Thank you.

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    Westin Childs - September 13, 2018

    Hi Lorie,

    Going off of your medication shouldn’t change how much medication you need if you have to go back on it later, but it will probably make you feel worse for a short period of time.

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Lisa Farmer - September 14, 2018

I was taking Nature Throid – 65 mg (once in the AM and once in the PM) every day. I was also taking 1 mg. Twice a day of Estradiol too. My alternative medicine dr prescribed this for me after seeing many different Md’s and they kept telling me my thyroid levels were fine and and I didn’t need thyroid meds not any estrogen. Keep in mind I had a radical hysterectomy in 2014 and went 100% without any hormone replacement for two years. My hair was very healthy and thick. I do have a goiter on my thyroid which I get scanned yearly to check the size. When I went for my yearly in Jan 2018 of this year and I told him I was taking the above meds he said I could have a stroke for the high dosage of both and to stop. He said I did not need any thyroid meds at all. I went home and stopped all meds cold turkey. Within a few weeks I was losing my hair ( breaking off and within 3-4 over half the hair around my face and top of my hair is half gone and broken off and little fine short hairs are starting to grow. My hair is a totally different texture than before I stopped the meds in Jan 2018. I had only been taking the meds since Dec 2016 and felt terrible before that and the meds made me feel super. I no longer had brain fog, I had Energy and I lost about 10 lbs and was about my normal weight gain. As soon as o stopped the meds in Jan 2018 – I gained 12 lbs and became lethargic and got a small gut. Here are my thyroid levels before Jan 2018 when I was on the meds the day that I visited my Endocrinologist’ in Jan 2018 and he told me to get off all meds of which I did. Getting off these meds cold turkey must of also triggered my trichotillomania of which I haven’t had any issues with at all on over 20 years. I have had very thick, coarse beautiful hair until Jan 2018. Now my trichotillomania is back with a vengeance in addition to the texture of my hair being now very fine and broken off around my face and half my eyebrows are missing from the middle to outer sides. Tell me if you think I need the meds – I called the alternative medicine dr and told him the labs pulled and the results and the endocrinologist told me to get off the meds with those lab results And he said he disagrees and that the endocrinologist is basing this on the national average thyroid scale and that he is basing this on me and my body. He said I disagree and this is the reason your hair has changed .Do you think that with these labs I need it be on or off the meds – I don’t know what to do? Here are labs now – TSH – 0.01L T4 Free 1.4 T3 FREE 5.6L. After stopping the meds here are the labs which is causing me to be tired and all the hair issues and trichotillomania – July 2018 current labs now after off the meds here are my labs – TSH 1.48 T4 FREE 1.0. T3 FREE 2.4. – please give me your thoughts whether you feel I am hypo or hyper or don’t need any meds and if so please elaborate? I feel terrible but don’t want to take meds of not needed. Please advise my email is [email protected]

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