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

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
Tried for
hypothyroidism (88) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
anxious mood (63)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
pain (48) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
pain (54)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
hypothyroidism (47) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
pain (35) depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
anxious mood (37)
Treatment name(s)

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

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 (166 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue weight gain 46 more
Total evaluations
173
Tried for
hypothyroidism (447) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (62 evaluations)
Side effects
heart palpitations dry cough 6 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
hypothyroidism (88) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (53 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 18 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
anxious mood (63)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 15 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (48) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itching 14 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (54)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy itchy skin 18 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
depressed mood (48) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (28 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood diarrhea 5 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
hypothyroidism (47) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (58 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth heart palpitations 17 more
Total evaluations
73
Tried for
pain (35) depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 7 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
anxious mood (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness chronic constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (37)
  • 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 26
20s 370
30s 1,097
40s 2,284
50s 2,661
60s 1,645
70+ 383
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 642
20-29 years 1,027
30-39 years 1,164
40-49 years 827
50-59 years 367
60-69 years 71
70+ years 11

Sex

Distribution of sex

91% Female
9% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,237
Not Diagnosed 99

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