The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

How Can You Improve Your Thyroid Function?

If your thyroid function is sub-par, you can work with your doctor to make adjustments in your medication, when you take it and what you eat.

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Drug Side Effects

When Treating Hyperthyroidism Results in Too Little Thyroid Hormone

Treating hyperthyroidism may entail destroying the thyroid gland. The result is too little thyroid hormone circulating in the body. How can you treat that?

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Hyperthyroidism (high thyroid)

Is the Salt in Prepared Foods Iodized?

Although processed foods in the US are high in salt, the salt they contain is not iodized. Check to make sure the salt you use at the table is.

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Editorial

Bizarre Brand Name Drugs Drive Readers Crazy!

Have you tried pronouncing brand name drugs these days? It's enough to make you gag. There's Otezla, Xeljanz, Xarelto or Zytiga. What is it with Xs and Zs?

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Is There a Link Between Thyroid and Cholesterol?

Scientists have found an inverse link between thyroid and cholesterol. People with low thyroid hormone often have high cholesterol levels.

David S. Cooper, MD, MACP, expert on Thyroid Problems
Podcasts

Show 1162: How to Treat Common Thyroid Problems

Dr. David Cooper, director of the Thyroid Clinic at Johns Hopkins University, describes the best treatments for common thyroid problems.

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Drug Side Effects

Why Is This Pharmacist Complaining About Levothyroxine Shortages?

Why do pharmacy chains change generic manufacturers? A pharmacist blames drug shortages. Are levothyroxine shortages really to blame for a readers concerns?

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Drug Side Effects

Will It Hurt to Switch Generic Levothyroxine?

If you are forced to switch generic levothyroxine formulations, you might experience symptoms of an improper dose. Ask the pharmacy to stick with one maker.

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Do You Feel Better on Armour Thyroid Than Synthroid?

Some people with hypothyroidism find they feel better on Armour Thyroid rather than synthetic levothyroxine. There may be a genetic basis for this.

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Drug Side Effects

Taking Synthroid in the Middle of the Night

One reader takes thyroid medicine in the middle of the night. That avoids any problem of potential interactions with coffee or breakfast foods.

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Can You Get Brand Name Synthroid at a Reasonable Price?

Generic levothyroxine drugs may be acceptable for many people, but they are not always interchangeable with brand name Synthroid. How can you save money?

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Hyperthyroidism (high thyroid)

Iodine for Scans Triggers Hyperthyroidism

Have you ever had a CT scan or an X-ray with contrast? You may have received iodine for scans. It's cheap and effective but it can trigger hyperthyroidism.

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Bad Thyroid Dose Causes Nasty Symptoms

Over 100 million prescriptions for levothyroxine are dispensed each year in the U.S. Too often, mistakes are made. A bad thyroid dose can cause problems!

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Alternative Health

Do You Want a Natural Thyroid Treatment?

Some people with low thyroid gland activity report that they feel better on a natural thyroid treatment than on synthetic thyroid hormone, levothyroxine.

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

What Is the Best Way to Take Synthroid?

To get the greatest benefit from levothyroxine for a sluggish thyroid, be consistent. Take Synthroid before bed to avoid interactions with coffee, iron or calcium pills.

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Anemia

Can You Stop Being Tired All the Time?

When people with thyroid problems feel tired all the time, they may benefit from T3 as well as T4 replacement. Trouble converting from T4 to T3 is now recognized as a possible contributor.

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Heart Attack

Will Eating Walnuts Lower Your Cholesterol?

An analysis of data from previous studies shows that people eating walnuts have lower cholesterol and triglycerides. They don't gain weight or raise their blood pressure.

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Will Taking T3 with T4 Make You Feel Better?

Many people with an underactive thyroid gland report fewer symptoms if they take both thyroid hormones T3 with T4. Some prefer desiccated thyroid extract.

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Alternative Health

How Can You Feel Better with a Sluggish Thyroid?

Some people with a sluggish thyroid feel better if they take T3 in addition to T4 hormones. Others will do well on levothyroxine alone.

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Alternative Health

Why Would Armour Thyroid Help Hashimoto’s?

Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition, can lead to hypothyroidism. In some cases, people feel better when they take desiccated thyroid extract such as Armour.