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
224
Tried for
hypothyroidism (224) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
hypothyroidism (45)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
hypothyroidism (38) constipation (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
anxious mood (35)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
depressed mood (25) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
pain (25) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
pain (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
pain (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (15)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
anxious mood (24)

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 (93 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 27 more
Total evaluations
94
Tried for
hypothyroidism (224) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (42 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood cold sensation in feet 10 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
hypothyroidism (45)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (21 evaluations)
Side effects
hair loss anxious mood 6 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
hypothyroidism (38) constipation (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 4 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
anxious mood (35)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 6 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
depressed mood (25) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive dry mouth 4 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (25) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation irritable bowel syndrome 3 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itching 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth nausea
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (15)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness daytime sleepiness 4 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
anxious mood (24)
  • 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?

  • 11 new patients joined this month
  • 1938 say hypothyroidism is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 17
20s 330
30s 1221
40s 2630
50s 3593
60s 2681
70+ 861
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 806
20-29 years 1378
30-39 years 1525
40-49 years 1120
50-59 years 492
60-69 years 109
70+ years 17

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 979
Female 10407

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7608
Not Diagnosed 88

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