My doctor said I have hypothyroidism, but cannot take Levothyroxine. I am allergic to shellfish.
Can I take Levothyroxine if I'm allergic to iodine, such as in shellfish?
- 16 Aug 2014 by Anne Francis
- 16 August 2014
- allergic reactions, iodine, levothyroxine, hypothyroidism, doctor
Added 16 Aug 2014:
Levothyroxine, Synthroid, etc., replace iodine in the underactive thyroid gland. Could it be that hypothyroid meds are synthetic in nature, and would not be a problem for me? Anyway, I broke out in a nasty case of hives, just like I would if I ever were to eat shrimp again.
So your Dr. diagnosed your condition, he / she prescribed Levothyroxine, knowing you are allergic to iodine (shellfish) and can not take it, where is the question ?
This med does not contain iodine as far as I know the inactive ingredients are:
sodium lauryl sulfate
D&C Yellow No. 10
FD&C Yellow No. 6
There is nothing in the literature that says its contraindicated if you're allergic to shellfish. And there are other meds for hypothyroidism too. I'd advise seeing an endocrinologist. They are the specialists for this.
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