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
364
Tried for
hypothyroidism (364) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
hypothyroidism (68)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
anxious mood (53)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
pain (35) anxious mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
depressed mood (37) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
pain (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
hypothyroidism (41) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
pain (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (25) anxious mood (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
depressed mood (33) 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 (137 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 30 more
Total evaluations
141
Tried for
hypothyroidism (364) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (48 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry cough 4 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
hypothyroidism (68)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 13 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
anxious mood (53)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (35) anxious mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy itchy skin 10 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
depressed mood (37) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (22 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood hair loss 3 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
hypothyroidism (41) depressed mood (1)
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 (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea decreased sex drive (libido) 7 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
depressed mood (25) anxious mood (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (31 evaluations)
Side effects
mood swings constipation 9 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
depressed mood (33) 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 19
20s 379
30s 1313
40s 2724
50s 3493
60s 2386
70+ 702
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 796
20-29 years 1371
30-39 years 1517
40-49 years 1110
50-59 years 495
60-69 years 108
70+ years 16

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 943
Female 10114

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7536
Not Diagnosed 87

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