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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
444
Tried for
hypothyroidism (444) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
90
Tried for
hypothyroidism (90) Fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
Anxious mood (62) Insomnia (9)
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
54
Tried for
Pain (48) Anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
Insomnia (48) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
Pain (31) Insomnia (29)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
hypothyroidism (46) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Depressed mood (43) Anxious mood (2)
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 (169 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Weight gain 47 more
Total evaluations
175
Tried for
hypothyroidism (444) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (61 evaluations)
Side effects
Heart palpitations Dry cough 6 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
hypothyroidism (90) Fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (47 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 13 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
Anxious mood (62) Insomnia (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 14 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 15 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
Pain (48) Anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty waking up Dizziness 15 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
Insomnia (48) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (44 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Heart palpitations 19 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
Pain (31) Insomnia (29)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Diarrhea 5 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
hypothyroidism (46) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Itchy skin Weight gain 17 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
Depressed mood (43) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Chronic constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
20
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 22
20s 358
30s 1,030
40s 2,078
50s 2,394
60s 1,409
70+ 321
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 579
20-29 years 905
30-39 years 1,024
40-49 years 712
50-59 years 303
60-69 years 58
70+ years 5

Sex

Distribution of sex

91% Female
9% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,641
Not Diagnosed 89

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