74 patient evaluations for Levothyroxine

MargotGlass
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MargotGlass
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 30
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Apr 19, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hypothyroidism: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 0.625 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a short time after being diagnosed with lupus. I started this drug on a small dosage, and my doctor gradually increased it according to blood work. The only burden of taking it is that you have to always have it when you wake up, then wait 30 minutes - 1 hour before eating. At one time, I was on too high of a dosage and I could feel it. I was jittery (my lips would actually tremble after I ate to a degree only I could notice, but still discomforting). I had swung to being hyperthyroid, and had to stop the drug cold turkey. Then a few months later after I was hypo again, I found a new thyroid doctor who encourages only small increments over a long time. It is an annoying method, because I want just a quick fix and to feel better instantly, but I understand his science and reasoning because being hyper can lead to thyroid disease.

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strawberryebay1
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strawberryebay1
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Feb 11, 2012 (Started Sep 01, 2005)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hypothyroidism: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 mcg (0.1 mg) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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sitelle
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sitelle
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 71
Condition: Osteopenia 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
I am: b
I have:
Osteopenia

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Jan 26, 2012 (Started Feb 13, 1996)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Thyroid Nodule: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 mcg (0.1 mg) Daily
Advice & Tips: levothyroxine is supposed to replace the thyroid gland that was removed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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findthesun
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findthesun
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 25
Condition: Intracranial Hypertension 8 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Intracranial Hypertension

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Jan 25, 2012 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Major
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Advice & Tips: This is unusual, obviously, but my body ended up hoarding synthroid in an as-of-yet unknown way, causing me to overproduce/under-siphon cerebro-spinal fluid, giving me a condition that mimicked a moderate brain tumor (condition is called Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension; i had it to such severity that I incurred brain damage which persists and was almost in a coma). IF YOU HAVE conditions such as high pressure headaches (headaches that get worse when you lie down), cognitive changes (for me: strategy, memory) weird graying of your vision, or loss of your periphereal sight while taking synthroid, please go to an opthalmologist (not an optometrist) just to check if your optic discs are swollen. They might not be! IIH as it is has only been the side-effect of synthroid in veeeery rare cases (and it's a veeery rare syndrome to start with), but honestly it's better safe than sorry. Blindness and coma are not fun, and semi-permanent brain damage isn't either to be honest. I switched to Cytomel, and my IIH disappeared slowly following the half-life cycle of Synthroid.

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lilybet
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lilybet
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Overwhelming
55 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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Sep 15, 2011 (Started Jul 09, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hormone replacement: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: I've been taking levothyroxine since July 9, 2011, the day after my thyroidectomy because of papillary thyroid cancer. The first month was fine, no side effects. About 6 weeks into it, though, I started to have lots of HEAT INTOLERANCE; if I got hot (sometimes for no reason), I'd be so sweaty and uncomfortable that I would even take my shirt off, and it would last for up to an hour. This was NOT A HOT FLASH! I know hot flashes well. After the first month, I had switched my Rx from Walgreens to my local pharmacy. It wasn't until the second refill there that I noticed the levo. was the generic MYLAN BRAND. BAD BRAND! Several docs have told me Mylan's generics tend to be weak, have poor efficacy, extra side effects, etc, so I refuse to use them. My pharmacy took back the refill as asked, and I had the Rx returned to Walgreen's. It's been almost a week since I started this supply by Lannett, my third refill. Still having some heat intolerance but am hoping this will subside with the Lannett brand of levothyroxine. My nurse-practitioner, when I told her about all this, said that generic hormones were particularly effected by the FDA efficacy range allowed w/generics, said that many of her patients were sensitive to different brands. It's important to be aware of what brand your generics are. Good ones are Teva, Sandoz, Greenstone. Geneva is ok. If it's totally obscure, beware. MYLAN IS BAD!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Heat intolerance

Aug 14, 2011 (Started Jul 09, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hormone replacement: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take the Levothyroxine first thing in the morning with my coffee. I'm not a breakfast eater, so the empty stomach requirement isn't a problem. I'll have my first TSH blood test next week, 6 weeks after my thyroidectomy for Papillary Thyroid Cancer. I have been having unexpected and much greater intolerance of heat. Not hot flashes... just sweating like crazy and finding it very difficult to cool down. Pharmacist says doubtful it's a side-effect, but the info that came with the Rx listed heat intolerance as a serious side effect. I hope it passes. Don't want to NEED winter!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Heat intolerance

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Karoger
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Karoger
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 27y
  • Organ: Heart
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
  1. Heart : 4y Transplanted
I have:
Heart Transplant

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Sep 11, 2011 (Started Jul 08, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hypothyroidism: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 112 mcg (0.112 mg) Daily

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Kaessa
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Kaessa
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:F50y
FM:5y Dx
CFS:5y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Aug 22, 2011 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hypothyroidism: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 50 mcg (0.05 mg) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 26, 2010 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hypothyroidism: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 50 mcg (0.05 mg) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 13, 2009 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hypothyroidism: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 25 mcg (0.025 mg) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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samanthaconstant
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samanthaconstant
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 27
Condition: Hypothyroidism
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
I have:
Hypothyroidism

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Apr 20, 2011 (Started Jun 01, 2005)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hypothyroidism: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 150 mcg (0.15 mg) Daily
Advice & Tips: Needed the addition of T3 (cytomel) in order to stop depressive symptoms from occuring.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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1955chevy
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1955chevy
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Apr 4, 2011 (Started Feb 23, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hypothyroidism: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 25 mcg (0.025 mg) Daily
Advice & Tips: No side effects. Can't realistically report on efficacy at this time.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sagen
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Sagen
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Mar 28, 2011 (Started Mar 16, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hypothyroidism: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 75 mcg (0.075 mg) Daily
Advice & Tips: Not as tired as often

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