health risk or problems i can encounter using this drug to loose weight
27 Nov 2012
Too much thyroid when not needed is very bad for your body. It can cause an increased heart rate which can be hard on the heart. Too much thyroid can cause Nervousness, Insomnia, Emotional swings, Sweating, Hand tremor, Palpitations, Unexplained weight loss (often despite increased appetite), Sensitivity to warm temperatures (feeling hot all the time), Muscle weakness, Shortness of breath. In women, menstrual periods may become less frequent or stop altogether. The increased hormones may cause heart failure or heart-related chest pain called angina. Too much thyroid hormone can cause swelling of tissues around the eyes, which creates a characteristic "staring" or "frightened" appearance. The eyes bulge out and the eyelids appear to be pulled back. There is less blinking. The person may have double vision, itching and weeping-not a pretty look.
This is NOT a good way to lose weight-the risks are just too much to make up for any benefit in losing weight!! The best way to lose it to cut back calories and increase activity, especially aerobic activity, to burn stored fat. Unfortunately there are no magic cures for weight loss.
28 Nov 2012
Too much thyroid can cause heart valve damage, high blood pressure, kidney damage, personality change-lots of irritation, It causes all glands to be overstimulated and can cause them to be damaged. Any weight you lose will come right back. It also can ruin your hair- thin it make it brittle--- You have lousy friends-
29 Nov 2012
You want to get osteoporosis at a young age, and have a dowager's hump? Like your old grandmother? Or perhaps you would like to have heart palpitations all day long, that cannot be controlled. I'm not sure if this comes before or after the damage that you do to your heart, so that you will never be able to exercise again, for fear that you might ruin the heart that you have left.
Enjoy your weight loss, at least while you are still healthy.
30 Nov 2012
Hello Nickki. The others have already given you information. I find it hard to believe someone has left over thyroid medication. Once on these medication one is on it for life.
You are definitely playing a dangerous game. There is no pill to lose weight without major side effects. But this is a hormone and much damage can be done. Whether you are obese or not, please use your common sense. And if you are anorexic you may well die. There are better and smarter choices you can make. Please see a physician.
1 Nov 2014
I began taking 5mcg of levothyroxine (synthroid) 5 months ago. I found out I was pregnant at the same time. It is crucial to take synthroid as prescribed and get monthly blood tests to check thyroid function during pregnancy. Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid), causes weight gain, muscle aches, brain fog, depression, etc. regulating your thyroid with synthroid can help aleviate these symptoms. It may also help you lose the weight you gained because it helps your thyroid to regulate your metabolism, which was not working correctly while your thyroid was under active.
20 Nov 2014
I just want to say as someone who had thyroid problems after my first born i was told at the time that i would never have kids again 3 years later i was pregnant with twins and able to go off of my thyroid medication my new doctor informed me at the time i found out i was pregnant that i had what is called hashimoto thyroiditis so to the person who said once you are on that medication you are on it for life you are wrong i had 3 months left of my prescription when i found out i was pregnant in late 2011 and i have not been back on the medication since
- Levothyroxine Information for Consumers
- Levothyroxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Levothyroxine (detailed)
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