Are you being treated for hypothyroidism, but are still experiencing many of its symptoms? Often patients will complain that they still have fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, depression, constipation, and cold hands and feet, even though they have been placed on a thyroid medication by their doctor. Research shows that patients on T4 alone scored worse on surveys relating to general well-being and symptoms of hypothyroidism. (2, 3) This is a very common occurrence, and here are two reasons why.
2 Reasons You Still Have Symptoms on Thyroid Medication
1. T4 Only Medication: First, you may have been placed on a synthetic thyroid preparation, such as levothyroxine, which is found in the brand names Synthroid, Levoxyl, Unithroid, and Levothroid. Levothyroxine is synthetic T4, which is the inactive thyroid hormone. Your cells must be able to convert T4 to T3, the active form of thyroid hormone, in order to produce energy. For this reason, many people still experience all the symptoms of hypothyroidism even though they are taking this medication. Taking T4 only can have harmful effects on your health because patients often continue suffering from symptoms of hypothyroidism, gaining and not being able to lose weight, getting potentially fatal diseases associated with the undertreated hypothyroidism, and end up being prescribed and using more prescription drugs. (1)
2. Incorrect or Insufficient Dosage: Second, you may not be on the appropriate dose of thyroid medication. It is very important that your doctor listens to your symptoms, and does not adjust your dose based solely on your blood work. If you are still having hypothyroid symptoms, then you may need to increase your dosage, however please only do so under the care of your provider.
At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we have great results treating hypothyroidism with bioidentical compounded T3/ T4, which includes both the inactive thyroid hormone, thyroxine (T4), as well as the active thyroid hormone, triiodothyronine (T3).
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If you are one of those people who are frustrated with their thyroid treatment, there is a solution! You can get rid of these symptoms once and for all. Contact a wellness consultant today to schedule a complimentary wellness consultation at 281-698-8698.
1. Stability Effectiveness Desiccated Thyroid VS Levothyroxine John C Lowe Thyroid 2009 Lowe, John C. “Stability, Effectiveness, and Safety of Desiccated Thyroid vs Levothyroxine: A Rebuttal to the British Thyroid Association.” Thyroid 4.3 (2009): C1-12.