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I SUSPECT LEVOTHYROXINE CAUSED MY HIVES (CHRONIC URTICARIA)
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I SUSPECT LEVOTHYROXINE CAUSED MY HIVES (CHRONIC URTICARIA)

I’ve had  hypothyroidism for about 11 years now.  I took Levothyroxine for a long time not really feeling much relief but my numbers were "within range".  Then about 3 years ago, a Endocronologist told me I should increase the dose to see if I felt better so I started taking a higher dose.  My results were still in range when I had them checked, but after about 1-2 months I developed severe hives.  I thought it was from a fish I ate the night before.  So I went to the dr and they gave me Prednisone, it stopped the hives until I finished the meds then they were right back again.  They gave me another dose, same thing.  They tried to give a third  before I said enough, obviously it wasn’t working.  I took Benadryl- nothing.  I took another antihistamine and it helped with the symptoms but it didn't cure me.  I went to an allergy dr and he said wasn't the fish, was already out of my system and it would be difficult and expensive to pinpoint what I was allergic to.  I was like this for over 1 year.  I read a lot online to find a connection between something.  I came across people having thyroid and hive problems.  So I thought maybe it's my Levothyroxine, even though I didn't develop the hives immediately after starting it.  I stopped taking it and it was like a miracle.  The hives went away and haven’t come back over 2 years now.  I didn't take Levothyroxine for about 1 month.  Then I changed to Armour thyroid.  Now I have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis so I don't know if this is related, does anybody have anything similar?  As a side note, the Levothyroxine was made in India.


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hai iam workman ,presently my age 24 and mt wt 50 and i taking levothyroxine tablets 4 years , 4 years back i have same wt and i looking like a childish and my tsh ,t3 ,t4 results are same so how to increase my body wt and improve body stucture
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I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease and took Levothyroxine for two months. At the end of the second month I broke out in hives. I told my DR I thought it was the medication and he said he thinks it was something I ate also. I didn't change my daily routine. The only thing that was new was the medication. I have stopped taking Levothyroxine and now take Thyroid Assist. I do not feel like I have to take four hour naps anymore and I lost 13 pounds. I am approaching the end of my 3rd week with hives. Does anyone know how long it takes until they go away. I am frustrated.
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If you use this site and search for Hashi's rash you will find numerous references to a rash that seemed to be due to the antibodies of Hashi's.  I can't recall all the actions taken by various people, but I do know that taking a moderate dose of selenium has been proven to reduce levels of the antibodies, which should have a beneficial effect.  Perhaps other members will have additional suggestions to help get relief.  
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