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
429
Tried for
hypothyroidism (429) 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
63
Tried for
anxious mood (63)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
pain (46) anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
hypothyroidism (50) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
depressed mood (48) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
anxious mood (41) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (34) pain (3)
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 (160 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 41 more
Total evaluations
164
Tried for
hypothyroidism (429) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (55 evaluations)
Side effects
heart palpitations decreased appetite 6 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
hypothyroidism (91) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (50 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 13 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
anxious mood (63)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
itching allergic reaction 11 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (53)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood cognitive confusion 9 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (46) anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (32 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood diarrhea 4 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
hypothyroidism (50) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain apathy 15 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
depressed mood (48) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 7 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
anxious mood (41) depressed mood (1)
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)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty with orgasm 20 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
depressed mood (34) pain (3)
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 24
20s 393
30s 1,259
40s 2,649
50s 3,247
60s 2,093
70+ 537
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 764
20-29 years 1,288
30-39 years 1,440
40-49 years 1,056
50-59 years 483
60-69 years 99
70+ years 18

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 865
Female 9,375

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7,069
Not Diagnosed 83

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