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
447
Tried for
hypothyroidism (447) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Tried for
hypothyroidism (93) cold intolerance (1)
3 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
54
Tried for
pain (54)
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
48
Tried for
depressed mood (47) 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
42
Tried for
pain (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
pain (37) depressed mood (4)

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 49 more
Total evaluations
166
Tried for
hypothyroidism (447) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (66 evaluations)
Side effects
heart palpitations dry cough 6 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
hypothyroidism (93) cold intolerance (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (53 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 15 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
anxious mood (69)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood cognitive confusion 7 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
itching allergic reaction 13 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (54)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (33 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood diarrhea 5 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
hypothyroidism (50) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (31 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain apathy 17 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
depressed mood (47) 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 (18 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation confusion in the mornings 5 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (56 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth sleepiness 18 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
pain (37) depressed mood (4)
  • 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 402
30s 1,252
40s 2,616
50s 3,172
60s 2,012
70+ 485
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 750
20-29 years 1,266
30-39 years 1,413
40-49 years 1,042
50-59 years 479
60-69 years 97
70+ years 16

Sex

Distribution of sex

92% Female
8% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,326
Not Diagnosed 106

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