... my doctor has put me on levothyoxine at a dosage level of .25mcg. I have been taking for about 3 weeks. I take no other medicines except a prental and now COq10. At the beginning I had a mild headache just but today and last few days, getting what feels like worse, I am having heart palpitations (a lot during day and night) and I can really feel my veins in my neck, throbbing and yesterday I had a panic attack not randomly. I have a history of anxiety/panic attacks for which I used to take PAXIL, but have been off 3 months (tapered well) because its very bad for a growing baby. I am really TORN to get off this medication but wondered if anyone has any help/suggestions? I had emailed my doctorregarding this who wasn't very helpful. My concern is if I get off it: It could be harmful levels to baby (above 2.5 TSH) but concern if I stay on it, my symptoms will get worse and once pregnant, I'm stuck. Ive been thinking about it a lot today and then it just brings on a panic attack. Anyone have any advice?
If you are looking to get pregnant, please do not stop taking the medication. This is coming from someone who has had two miscarriages due to unknown hypothyroidism. Once I was put on medication I immediately became pregnant. If it was up to my primary doctor, who went by old numbers for TSH, I would have had a third miscarriage. Luckily my OB prescribed me a higher dose. You can expect that when you become pregnant you were dosage will likely increase. The good news is once baby Is born the levels typically go back down gradually. If it makes you feel any better .25 mg is not that high of a dose. To put it in perspective, children, infants, our started at . 10 or .25. I’m not saying that you’re not experiencing side effects from the levothyroxine but it is likely that it is more due to the lack of anxiety medication. Keep in mind I am not a medical professional and you should always consult with one first.
- Levothyroxine Information for Consumers
- Levothyroxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Levothyroxine (detailed)
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