Can you become depressed tired agitated just plain out not feeling good
Levothyroxine - What are the effects if you stop taking your thyroid medicine for 2-3 weeks?
Question posted by Bluerosemoon on 3 Nov 2014
Last updated on 10 April 2022
I was diagnosed in 1991 after I had my 4th child , started levothyroxine, in 2001 I moved out of state stopped meds , went through lots of depression but lost weight felt good besides the depression but I know it was cause of my divorce. I started gaining weight in 2015 and went from 200 lbs (5'8 height) to now 255lbs I'm 55 yrs. With so many symptoms I thought it was my thyroid but got tomography scan and have empty sella , problems with pituary gland that is causing my symptoms headaches , weight gain , insomnia body aches ect. Pituary gland controls all of your glands specifically thyroid, look for it on internet and learn more , also there is ways to stimulate your thyroid naturally and natural remedies for hypothyroid . I ask myself if thyroid meds are so cheap then it's not our only survival method like cancer , HIV , ect... treatments , educate yourself about your health and illnesses always .
I'm on 200mg Levothyroxine. I'm so tired everyday. I have anxiety everyday. My hair is so brittle. I get these unexplainable chest pains(palpitations) that really heighten my anxiety. I get so tired of feeling like this and each time I go to Dr. he has to make adjustments to my meds. When I miss taking the meds, I do feel better, but I'm so afraid if I don't take them something serious will happen. I need some type of alternative.
I recently found this site after searching for information along the same lines. I went off my thyroid meds for hypothyroid for four months. Hadn’t felt that good in many years. I only went back on them because I started to have some bladder issues. My dr didn’t think that had anything g to do with it. She kept doing my blood work and yes the numbers went up and up but I still felt great. She said I should go with how I feel. Now back in them for almost year I, not sleeping at night starting to sweat at night And not feeling good. I’ve been back off then two days and immediately feel better. I’m not sure what to do what’s right. It was good to hear it wasn’t just me that felt better off them. I don’t know the answer but thought medicine should make you feel better not worse.
Lethargy, withdrawal (socially when free), foggy mind, depression due to lack of engagement and productivity
I still have my thyroid. Was diagnosed with hypothyroid 5 years ago. I've stopped taking my medicine as I couldn't sleep at night without taking a nighttime OTC sleep help. I haven't had to use that since I've stopped so I'm hopeful this was what was causing my not sleeping.
It is so amazing we are all feeling this way. I have days where once in blue moon I forget to take mine. I have had this disease since 13 years of age, and now I am 41. I have noticed the times I do not take it, I am not as lethargic, and I actually have energy. It is weird because it is supposed to give you energy. I think the levothyroxine is at fault for keeping me overweight and even when eating correctly or excersizing, it does not help me lose at all. I take about 125mcg. I started with actual Synthroid years ago but now they do these generics claiming they do the same. But who knows. I think there is scheming going on in the pharmaceuticals business, in order to keep the population sick to keep money in their pockets, as well as the doctors. And of course you will get sick after not taking something because your body has become dependent on it like a street drug. However this pill is not desirable and makes me feel like crap all the time.
I am just experimenting to see the difference. Yesterday and today I feel more awake and alert and actually have will to do things around my house. I never can when I come home and the minute I sit down I am toast. I am not sure what to do really right now since I cannot afford my month insurance and the out of pocket cost has risen.
I have been out of this medication for 10 days
an called my Doc, she will
see me in too day will I be OK.
I had a total thyroidectomy 20 years ago due to graves disease. I have been forced to go 2 or 3 days at a time without synthroid on a couple of occasions and my body swelled. My face in particular. I had NO energy and could barely walk to the bathroom. Every time I stood up I got the spins. I felt like I was dying and looking back, I don't think that I was too far from it. So maybe it's because I don't have a thyroid at all and it sounds like most of you have at least partial thyroid. But it's certainly not something that I'm willing to mess around with. Taking one little pill for the rest of my life to keep me alive really isn't so bad. Also, I agree with the person who commented on the price. It's dirt cheap if you have to pay cash. Why take a risk with your health over $10 or $20?
Your gonna feel horrible.I'm sorry,my name is Venus and I grave's disease ,basically another word overactive thyroid gland.I still have my good and bad days tho,irritable, fluid, headaches.
How do I control my how do I control how do I control my digestive tract depression and lack of energy I will do anything
Because of a change in mail order pharmacy and a mix up, I have not had my thyroid meds for 3 weeks and I have a week to go. What reactions should I look for?
I had my thyroids taken out and said i had cancer and now i have to take a I131 pill and they told me to stop taking my thyroid pill and i cant take it again until after febuary when im done with the treatment. Whats the side affects of going off the pill for so long
Levothyroxine withdrawal may cause hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism causes weight gain, fatigue, depression and sensitivity to cold because your body does not have enough thyroid hormone so your body processes slow down. Patients with thyroid cancer may suffer acute hypothyroidism because of levothyroxine withdrawal.
Thyroid cancer patients stop or reduce their dosages of levothyroxine before follow-up or diagnostic procedures. Reducing your dosage or stopping altogether can cause depression and increased anxiety, according to a study published in December 2005 in the “European Journal of Endocrinology.” The study found that there is a consistent pattern of increased anxiety of around 44 percent and depression of around 17 percent in patients undergoing levothyroxine withdrawal.
Thyroid hormones help in the modulation of glucose metabolism, your body’s insulin response to blood sugar. Levothyroxine withdrawal can cause a state of insulin resistance, according to a study published in the June 2009 issue of “Thyroid.” Four patients were tested after six weeks of levothyroxine withdrawal and were found to have a significant degree of insulin resistance, which resulted in reduced glucose disposal -- how fast your body stabilizes blood sugar. Blood glucose affects your body’s energy level and ability to burn fat.
Another symptom of levothyroxine withdrawal is pale or dry skin. The moisture content of the skin is affected by the reduced amount of hormone available, which also causes hypothyroidism. In addition, other physical effects include dry brittle nails and hair loss.*
I was diagnosed with low thyroid about fifteen years ago and put on levothyroxine. I never felt bad so I was surprised and the doc said I'd be feeling much better. Actually, the medication made me feel anxious and I soon after developed insomnia, though after many trials of stopping the med. my sleep didn't improve.
So now I've stopped taking it again, for the first time in ten years. It's been three weeks and I still feel fine. I've not gained or lost weight, my hair isn't falling out, I'm sleeping great, feeling rested. I go to the gym and do all of my favorite activities.
Of course, when I tell my doc she just tells me I need it and should stay on it, for the rest of my life.
What's the worst that can happen to me?
I have gained weight as well. I can fall asleep at anytime and driving to work 70km each way it is hard to stay awake. I have been on 75mcg for one year. I was diagnosed in 2016 have a burst cyst removed from my ovary (and part of my ovary was removed as well). That surgery also initiated my period again after 13 years of not having one at all. I am going to stop my thyroid for a month and see what happens. I can't stand the weight gain. I have had eating disorders my whole life and gaining weight is the worst thing in the world to me.
- Levothyroxine uses and safety info
- Levothyroxine information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Levothyroxine (detailed)
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.