Taking Levothyroxine
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When I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, I was told that the only treatment available is supplementation with Levothyroxine (the generic form of Sinthroid) for life. There’s no cure and nothing else I could do – that’s what my doctor told me. I now know that’s not true but I didn’t know any better back then. He also said that once I start taking Levothyroxine, it would be a few weeks until I feel better and from there on I shouldn’t have any problems. I was so happy that I finally got my diagnosis and according to my doctor would start feeling better soon.

The first time I took Levothyroxine

It was in the afternoon when I got my prescription from the pharmacy – he started me on 50 mcg of Levothyroxine to be taken once a day in the morning. The first time I took it I experienced terrible side effects – my heart was racing, I was sweating and when I tried to sleep I was waking up every 30 seconds. I felt even more tired and generally worse than before taking the medication. I went to the doctor’s office and asked why this was happening. You can imagine my disappointment with this situation when I was expecting to get better and actually felt worse. The doctor – an endocrinologist, mind you, said that it couldn’t be from the medication and he didn’t know what was going on. I’m sure he thought that I was a hypochondriac or something. At least that’s what I thought judging from his rude attitude. So I went home and started researching

the Side Effects of Levothyroxine

And surprise, surprise. They were exactly what I had experienced:

  • excessive sweating
  • insomnia and trouble sleeping
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • fatigue
  • flushing

Some other side effects include:

  • changes in appetite
  • allergic reactions
  • weight loss or weight gain
  • mood changes
  • chest pain
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • leg cramps
  • headache
  • tremors
  • vomiting
  • wheezing

Why didn’t my doctor know about all these Levothyroxine side effects?

For me, he clearly was a poor choice to continue visiting so I decided not to go there anymore. A practioner who isn’t knowledgeable about the “lifelong” medication he just put me on probably wouldn’t help me much. The other issue was the dosage he put me on. I consulted another doctor and she said that he should have started me on 25 mcg to begin with and see how I felt on that before increasing the dose. I followed her advice and when I found the right dosage for me – 3/4 of 50 mcg levothyroxine I felt much better. It’s important to go by how you feel too and not just what’s on paper. If you’d like to share your story leave a comment below or go to the Submit Your Story page to be featured on ThyroidDiseaseSucks.com.

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Petra Mitova is the author of the best-selling ebook "Overcoming Hypothyroidism: The Ultimate Guide to Recovery." She's dedicated to helping patients empower themselves by providing patient-oriented information about thyroid disease - whether you suffer from hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or any other form of thyroid disease, feel free to browse our website and learn about thyroid disease diagnosis, treatment options, natural remedies and more.

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