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
451
Tried for
hypothyroidism (451) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
hypothyroidism (91) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
anxious mood (69)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
pain (53)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
hypothyroidism (52) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
depressed mood (46) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
pain (40)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
pain (36) depressed mood (4)
1 more

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 (163 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue weight gain 48 more
Total evaluations
169
Tried for
hypothyroidism (452) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (65 evaluations)
Side effects
heart palpitations dry cough 6 more
Total evaluations
66
Tried for
hypothyroidism (91) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (54 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 15 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
anxious mood (68)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood balance problems 14 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
itching allergic reaction 13 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (53)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (32 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood diarrhea 5 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
hypothyroidism (52) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain apathy 17 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
depressed mood (46) anxious mood (2)
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)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation confusion in the mornings 5 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
pain (40)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (58 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth heart palpitations 17 more
Total evaluations
74
Tried for
pain (36) depressed mood (4)
1 more
  • 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 28
20s 405
30s 1,231
40s 2,565
50s 3,133
60s 1,965
70+ 464
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 745
20-29 years 1,248
30-39 years 1,390
40-49 years 1,027
50-59 years 470
60-69 years 93
70+ years 15

Sex

Distribution of sex

92% Female
8% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,206
Not Diagnosed 107

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