What Should I Take to Treat Hypothyroidism?

Wednesday, 02 Oct 2013 05:48 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: Recently I was diagnosed with hypothyrodism. My TSH is 5.2. I was prescribed Synthroid, but can't take it at all because it causes severe panic attacks. What can I do?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Your TSH is not high enough to be alarmed about, and you probably have subclinical hypothyroidism. Seek an opinion from an endocrinologist, and ask your doctor to allow you to stop the Synthroid.
 
You probably have a dose in excess of your needs, or you may not need it at all despite your slightly elevated TSH. Have your doctor check your free T3 and free T4 levels. If they are normal, you won't need to take the Synthroid.

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