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underactive thyroid and hydrocodone
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underactive thyroid and hydrocodone

Hi. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's last fall. My synthroid is still being regulated to find the right dose for me.  My "multi-nodular goiter" first shrunk, but now seems to have changed shape.  I have also recently been diagnosed with several cervical disc bulges and pinched nerve(s) that cause neck, shoulder, back, and right arm pain and numbness. My Ortho doc has referred me to a neurologist orth.  Have to wait 3 weeks to see him, and have been put on Hydrocodone for the pain.

Question: the paperwork says to be cautious about taking the med if you have underactive thyroid. Pharmacy says don't worry about it, just "don't take the med 'consistently'".
Is this something I should worry about?

Just FYI: I had been taking Tramadol, but had to take myself off of it due to a bad reaction (after weeks on it).  I actually ended up in the hospital because of extreme nausiousness - couldn't eat or drink ANYTHING.

I really don't want to take any chances again.  Thanks for any help you can give me.
Doreen
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Should be fine if the thyroid levels are balanced.  

The reason for "consistently" comment is that hydrocodone is addictive potentially -- this has nothing to do with hypothyroidism.
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I have found that just about every drug (over the counter also) states to discuss with doctor or pharmacist if you have thyroid disease, whether it's hyper or hypo.  My pharmacist will tell me to ask my doctor if they feel that I should.  Otherwise just give the doc. a call if you are worried.
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