Hypothyroidism

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What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone. The reasons for hypothyroidism may include an underlying autoimmune disease, inflammation, imbalance of iodine levels, certain medications, surgical removal of the thyroid or radiation treatment.

Common symptoms reported by people with hypothyroidism

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with hypothyroidism

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Synthroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
449
Tried for
hypothyroidism (449) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
hypothyroidism (89) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
anxious mood (65)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
Pain (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
Pain (48) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
depressed mood (48) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
hypothyroidism (47) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
anxious mood (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Pain (37) depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Pain (39)

Data from patients with hypothyroidism, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with hypothyroidism

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Synthroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (165 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue weight gain 46 more
Total evaluations
172
Tried for
hypothyroidism (449) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (62 evaluations)
Side effects
heart palpitations dry cough 6 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
hypothyroidism (89) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (53 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 16 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
anxious mood (65)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
itching allergic reaction 13 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 15 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
Pain (48) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy itchy skin 18 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
depressed mood (48) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (30 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood diarrhea 5 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
hypothyroidism (47) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 7 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
anxious mood (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (59 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth heart palpitations 17 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
Pain (37) depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness chronic constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
Pain (39)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with hypothyroidism, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has hypothyroidism on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 26
20s 382
30s 1,149
40s 2,405
50s 2,796
60s 1,738
70+ 406
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 672
20-29 years 1,109
30-39 years 1,240
40-49 years 897
50-59 years 400
60-69 years 84
70+ years 11

Sex

Distribution of sex

91% Female
9% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,565
Not Diagnosed 101

These charts show data from hypothyroidism patients who have completed their condition history
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