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Lipitor and hypothyroidism

Does anyone know why the drug information for Lipitor says that it can cause problems for some people with hypothyroidism?  I know that Lipotor can artiificially lower TSH and cause a false positive for hyperthyroidism.  I have resistant hypothyroidism and my doctor just cut my Lipitor dose
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Be glad he cut your dose. Lipitor has lcauses of problems in addiction to affecting your thyroid.
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What is "resistant hypothyrodiism"?
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Since I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I was given medications like Synthroid and Naturethroid, my symptoms haven't really improved.  That's what I was meaning by "resistant hypothyroidism".
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I've never heard the term "resistant hypothyroidism" used before,  If your symptoms haven't improved, it's because your doctor is either keeping you undermedicated or not treating you with the proper meds.  He should be treating you according to your symptoms...until symptoms are relieve.    

Please post recent thyroid labs and include reference ranges as they vary lab to lab and have to come from your own lab report.  We might be able to give you some ideas on how you might feel better.

Please give a brief meds history, too.  Do you know if you have Hashi's?

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Thyroid medications never worked for me. Iodine did. The same was true for my daughter.
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High cholesterol and LDL (hyperlipidemia) are often indicators of thyroid disease and subside with proper thyroid medication. For instance, my normally good low cholesterol shot up while I was fighting to be diagnosed. I was very symptomatic but had normal 1.2 TSH. I told my doctor that if the combination T4/T3 therapy I requested (when T4 alone did nothing for my symptoms, which got worse) was appropriate for me, my cholesterol and LDL would lower without a change in diet or exercise. This is exactly what happened....cholesterol dropped from abnormal-for-me 224 down to the usual 164 in fairly short order.

Were you on Lipitor BEFORE you were on thyroid medication ? If so and your thyroid treatment is working, your CBC may indicate you need less medication to control your cholesterol because your lipid levels have dropped.
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Iodine only works for those who have functioning thyroid; for anyone who has had TT, or thyroid no longer functions, due to Hashimoto's, iodine is contraindcated.

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