Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What Should I Take to Treat Hypothyroidism?

By    |   Wednesday, 02 October 2013 05:48 PM

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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Have your doctor do a checkup to see if you even need to take Synthroid.
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