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
276
Tried for
hypothyroidism (276) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
hypothyroidism (58)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
anxious mood (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
pain (31) anxious mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
hypothyroidism (39) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (31) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
pain (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
pain (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
depressed mood (26) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (2)
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 (117 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue weight gain 25 more
Total evaluations
121
Tried for
hypothyroidism (276) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (48 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood decreased appetite 6 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
hypothyroidism (58)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 4 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
anxious mood (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
pain (31) anxious mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (23 evaluations)
Side effects
hair loss anxious mood 6 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
hypothyroidism (39) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 8 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
depressed mood (31) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
itching chronic constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itching 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood tachycardia (fast heart rate) 14 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (26) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
mood swings constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (2)
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 18
20s 363
30s 1268
40s 2694
50s 3531
60s 2574
70+ 776
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 802
20-29 years 1375
30-39 years 1522
40-49 years 1117
50-59 years 491
60-69 years 107
70+ years 17

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 966
Female 10312

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7583
Not Diagnosed 87

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