1891163 tn?1321119046

I quit taking my Synthroid

Wow!  My doc had me on Synthroid, 100's.  Been on it about a year now.  I have had heart palpitations, shortness of breath, hair loss and dizziness too!  But the doc says, "You'll have more energy, feel less tired, and maybe lose some weight".  I didn't have a low energy level to begin with, I slept fine at night and I don't need naps, and never lost any weight.

Doc now says I have anxiety issues and wanted to put me on Zoloft.  I blame the Synthroid.  I said no to the Zoloft and told him I was going to stop taking the Synthroid.  I just quit taking it last week, so I will have to let you know how it goes as time goes on.

My sister also takes Synthroid, a very high dose since her thyroid was killed due to over activity.  She also has major "panic attacks".  Not exactly sure when hers started, but I'm wondering if it's the Synthroid for her as well.

Anyone know how long it will take to get completly out of my system?
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I would not stop taking it, I stopped and I have hot flashes,and can't sleep. Wish I never stop, now its going to take awhile to get my level back were I need them.
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649848 tn?1534633700
Do you know what your levels were prior to starting on med?  

gimel is right; you need to know what your FT3 is, along with the FT4 and TSH.  

Do you know if you've ever been tested for thyroid antibodies?  If you  have Hashimoto's, your thyroid levels will continue to go down, as the antibodies destroy your thyroid.  You can't live without thyroid hormones.

You could be having a reaction to the fillers/binders in the synthroid.  There  are alternative medications you can take.
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1202943 tn?1347840652
I would not quit taking synthroid that fast.  Plus, anxiety, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, hair loss and dizziness can all be hypo symptoms. I agree with gimel, that your T3 could be too low.  
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If you never had any hypothyroid symptoms, I really don't understand why the doctor would prescribe Synthroid, unless you were tested and found to have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.  In that case the doctor might have started you on thyroid meds early, to prevent the worst of hypo symptoms as your thyroid levels went down.  Of course that is just a lot of speculating, without knowing what your tests were at the time.  Were you initially tested for the thyroid antibodies, TPO ab and TG ab?  

Now that you have been on Synthroid, it is hard to tell if those symptoms are from still being hypo, or are a reaction to the Synthroid itself.  If you quit the meds, I think you will lose some valuable time before you can find out.  I suggest that you reconsider and keep taking it long enough to get to the doctor and have blood drawn for a new round of tests.  Most important would be Free T3, along with the Free T4 and TSH.  I really think you need to know your Free T3 and Free T4 levels as they are right now, so you can evaluate if your symptoms are due to the low thyroid hormone levels.  I am suspicious that your Free t3 level may be too low.  I say this because many patients on T4 meds find their Free T3 level to be too low because their body is not converting the T4 to T3 adequately.  

If your doctor resists testing for Free T3, just insist on it and don't take no for an answer.  Free t3 largely regulates metabolism and many other body functions.  scientific studies have shown that Free T3 correlated best with hypo symptoms, while Free T4 and TSH did not correlate.  
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1891163 tn?1321119046
He put me on Synthroid because he said my numbers were low.  My last results, after fasting 12 hours and being on Synthroid:

TSH:  1.117
T4 Free: 1.1

Cholestrol = 207
HDL = 74
LDL = 124
Triglyceride = 47
Fasting blood glucose = 74
Sodium = 131
Potassium = 4.4
Calcium = 8.3
Total protein = 6.7

Not sure what they are now that I have stopped taking it.

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Why did your doctor put you on Synthroid?  Was it based on test results, or symptoms?  

Please post your thyroid test results and reference ranges shown on the lab report.  
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1891163 tn?1321119046
Oh, and one other thing - My "anxiety issues" seem to be worse now that I quit taking it.  Shortness of breath, my chest hurts, sweaty palms, etc.  I'm hoping this all goes away in time.

Has anyone else ever stopping taking Synthroid abruptly?  How did you feel?
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