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
295
Tried for
hypothyroidism (295) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
hypothyroidism (62)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
anxious mood (44)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
pain (31) anxious mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
hypothyroidism (39) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
depressed mood (33) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
pain (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
pain (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
depressed mood (29) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (2)
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 (122 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 29 more
Total evaluations
126
Tried for
hypothyroidism (295) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (50 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood decreased appetite 8 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
hypothyroidism (62)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 7 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
anxious mood (44)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (31) anxious mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (23 evaluations)
Side effects
hair loss anxious mood 6 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
hypothyroidism (39) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy nausea 9 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
depressed mood (33) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
itching chronic constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itching 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
mood swings constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
depressed mood (29) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood tachycardia (fast heart rate) 14 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (2)
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 16
20s 369
30s 1284
40s 2703
50s 3488
60s 2495
70+ 743
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 796
20-29 years 1371
30-39 years 1518
40-49 years 1110
50-59 years 490
60-69 years 107
70+ years 16

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 951
Female 10197

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7543
Not Diagnosed 86

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