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
376
Tried for
hypothyroidism (376) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
hypothyroidism (80) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
anxious mood (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
pain (42) anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
hypothyroidism (45) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
pain (45)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
depressed mood (41) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
pain (40)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
anxious mood (35) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
depressed mood (22) anxious mood (21)
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 (144 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 34 more
Total evaluations
147
Tried for
hypothyroidism (376) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (52 evaluations)
Side effects
heart palpitations decreased appetite 6 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
hypothyroidism (80) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 12 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
anxious mood (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 12 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (42) anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (28 evaluations)
Side effects
irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia) anxious mood 3 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
hypothyroidism (45) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
itching allergic reaction 6 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (45)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy itchy skin 11 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
depressed mood (41) anxious mood (3)
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 (40)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 9 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
anxious mood (35) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) difficulty losing weight 6 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
depressed mood (22) anxious mood (21)
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 19
20s 394
30s 1292
40s 2730
50s 3384
60s 2281
70+ 623
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 788
20-29 years 1350
30-39 years 1502
40-49 years 1099
50-59 years 493
60-69 years 107
70+ years 15

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 906
Female 9856

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7436
Not Diagnosed 86

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