Thyroid Therapy Redlands

Thyroid Treatment

Levothyroxine or USP thyroid may be prescribed if thyroid-stimulated hormone is elevated. ½ dose is taken on an empty stomach for 4 days, followed by the whole dose. Follow up thyroid blood levels are tested 2-3 months following the initiation of thyroid therapy or a change in dosage. The dose must be lowered or discontinued if the patient experiences the following side effects.

  • Anxiety, nervousness, agitation, sweating
  • Insomnia, headaches
  • Rapid heartbeat, palpitations, rapid pulse
  • Pain or tightness in chest
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss

Signs & Symptoms Associated with Hypothyroidism

  • Fatigue (morning)
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Cold extremities, intolerance to cold
  • Edema around ankles or below eyes
  • Muscle aches, headaches
  • Depression
  • Poor concentration, memory loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Dry, rough skin
  • Orange tint to palms and soles, pallor
  • Dry, thinning hair

Conditions Associated with Hypothyroidism

  • Hypertension
  • Chest pain
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Irregular menstrual cycles, infertility
  • PMS, fibrocystic breast disease
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Psoriasis, urticarial
  • Allergies, asthma, rhinitis.