Effect of not taking medicine after thyroid removal?

Question is Closed Report Mark as Favorite

Answers (1)

16 Aug 2009

Levothyroxine is a thyroid hormone. It works by replacing thyroid hormone when your body does not make enough on its own (or make any when your thyroid is removed).

It is extremely important to take supplementary thyroid medicines when your thyroid is removed. Thyroid hormones regulate multiple metabolic processes and play an essential role in normal growth and development, and normal maturation of the central nervous system and bone. The metabolic actions of thyroid hormones include augmentation of cellular respiration and thermogenesis, as well as metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. The protein anabolic effects of thyroid hormones are essential to normal growth and development.

If you don't have any thyroid hormone all these processes cannot be completed, and you'll experience symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Symptoms

Expand...

Votes: +0

Search for questions

Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.

Similar questions

Hypothyroidism after thyroid removal - I was given 150 instead of the usual 1-131 radiation for a?

... scan after my thyroid was removed. Will this harm me in the future. Rita

1 answer 30 Aug 2009

Hypothyroidism - After Thyroid Removal - I have to stop taking levothyroxine for 4 weeks due to an?

... upcoming thyroid scan. Is this wise?

2 answers 8 Feb 2013

Hypothyroidism - After Thyroid Removal - I am having surgery on the 30th. I am very scared they?

... said it is going to take 5 hours. Worise about the scare. I got allot of what ifs

3 answers 29 Dec 2013

Hypothyroidism - After Thyroid Removal - Had complete thyroid removed last may on Levothyroixne on?

... 125 at moment and was on 150 they want to lower me to 100 but so tired occasionaly hot flushes sex life out of window do not want to lower case ...

2 answers 24 Mar 2014