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
381
Tried for
hypothyroidism (381) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
hypothyroidism (87) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
anxious mood (57)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
pain (42) anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
pain (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
depressed mood (42) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
pain (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
anxious mood (37) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
depressed mood (32) 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 38 more
Total evaluations
141
Tried for
hypothyroidism (381) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (54 evaluations)
Side effects
heart palpitations decreased appetite 6 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
hypothyroidism (87) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (44 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 12 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
anxious mood (57)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 10 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (42) anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (29 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood diarrhea 5 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
hypothyroidism (46) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
itching allergic reaction 10 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy itchy skin 11 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
depressed mood (42) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
itching chronic constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
pain (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 9 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
anxious mood (37) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty with orgasm 16 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
depressed mood (32) 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 23
20s 386
30s 1,261
40s 2,666
50s 3,279
60s 2,173
70+ 567
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 770
20-29 years 1,298
30-39 years 1,463
40-49 years 1,066
50-59 years 485
60-69 years 101
70+ years 17

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 875
Female 9,522

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7,166
Not Diagnosed 84

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