SYNTHROID Reviews

Average Rating: 2.6 (893 Ratings)

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 2  Hypothyroidism Anxiety, insomnia, rash on my shins, dry eyes, anger, irritability, nausea F 52 5 years
125 1X D
11/24/2021
 1  Hypothyroid after Graves' Disease Not the first time I've been on it...I haven't done well with Synthroid since the manufacturer changed in back in 1982-83. Since then I always get too nervous while on it, can't sleep right, tend to get chest pains on left even if dose is supposedly OK by labs...yet, I have a lot of low-thyroid symptoms that never resolve, either. Messes up my breathing, too, and energy level is never good on it...have tried so many other drugs & doses over the years...only Old Synthroid version really helped me. I still wish they would bring back a version of Synthroid that is closer to what they made in 1982-83, when they changed a couple of "inactive" ingredients on it, the assaying method used, and possibly where they got the raw materials from. I haven't had a good quality of life at all, since they changed this drug--I am out of new drug options to take...been on so many, over the years--natural ones, Tirosint, combining synthetic with T-3, back on Synthroid here and there...different generics and brands....I'm sick of it. Some of us need more options, and I wish I had a good one, now. Working on petition to get better treatment for thyroid patients--in memory of my brother Jordan, a Hashimoto's patient who also couldn't get the help he needed. Please email me if interested in signing. F 58 4 months
88 1X D
11/11/2021
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 1  Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism I didn't think I would be one of the many people online who hate this drug, and yet here I am. My TSH was on the upper end of normal so my doctor recommended I try Synthroid to see if it would help my awful symptoms from Hashimotos. I have no side effects from Synthroid except two: unbearable, debilitating fatigue and weight gain. I exercise constantly, track my calories and eat healthy. My weight was the same for 1 year before Synthroid. After Synthroid, I immediately gained 5 lbs. I have to sleep all day, 24/7. It's like being on sleeping pills. I told my doctor and she said "that's unusual." It really feels like doctors don't care about our well-being at all. I can't wait to get off this medication, but for some people, they can't. There needs to be a better way to deal with our thyroid issues than apathetic doctors and this ridiculous drug. F 34 6 months
50 mcg 1X D
9/26/2021
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 1  Subclinical hypothyroidism Horrible! Last night I slept only 3 hours. Tonight, no sleep at all! Headaches and nausea, daily! Experiencing anxiety and nervousness. Hyper and restless. Ridiculous increase in appetite! Can't get full. Called my doctor yesterday and she recommended that I stop the meds. I pray that things get back to normal soon! F 45 21 days
25mcg 1X D
7/6/2021
 1  Subclinical hypothyroidism Over and over....stop restart.....insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, weight gain.....am off now and going thru withdrawals.....will never restart....I did better off.... Hypo more in winter but better in spring and summer....my symptoms are all common side effects of synthroid....but I feel like I've gone hyper ...off now! F 69 15 years
25-30 mcg 1X D
4/22/2021
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 2  Total thyroidectomy Labs look great. I feel like dying. Horrible way to live. F 37 2 years
112mcg 1X D
4/4/2021
 2  Total thyroidectomy CONSTANTLY INCREASING THE DOSE EVERY 8 weeks. Ridiculous. F 35 1 years
112mcg 1X D
1/23/2021
 2  hashimotos very bad insomnia, internal shaking/vibrations after years of use, hair loss, anxiety and panic, Heart palpitations then led to a-flutter and second med worked well for quite a few years but needed to keep increasing the dose then move to brand then increase the dose then I stopped converting and needed to add liothyronine. worst symptom now is the internal vibration when waking. F 54 10 years
125mcg 1X D
1/8/2021
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 1  total thyroidectomy tachycardia,skip beat,legs cramp F 62
100 1X D
1/1/2021
 3  No thyroid Tired dizziness no energy F 55 2 weeks
50mg 1X D
11/21/2020
 3  Hashimoto Disease Eye Twitching, Lip Tingling, Dry eyes, weight gain, anxiety, panic attacks, constipation, dry skin, hair falling out. Synthroid in low dosage seems to work for me, but then my blood levels are not good. When the doctors increase the dose to 88 mcg, I have all of the side effects listed above. F 57 17 years
88mcg 1X D
10/13/2020
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 1  Hashimotos Even on a low dose 25 mcg I had jitters HR 90s palpitations and migraines with tinnitus. I need 75 mcg to take the TSH down to normal. Levothyroxine generic wasnt as bad even if its supposed to be the same T4 med. I switched to Armour Thyroid with far better results. F 65 1 years
75 mcg 1X D
10/10/2020
 1  Hashimotos At first it seemed to work. Had more energy no brain fog. Then after the dr upped my dosage I began having heart palpitations chest pain high blood pressure anxiety leg cramps and pain. Couldn't sleep at night headaches vision changes and so much more. My dr only believes in synthroid. Thinking about changing drs. I've read many articles and patient stories on this drug. Felt better off the drug than on it. F 47 8 months
88 1X D
9/27/2020
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 3  Hypothyroid Weight gan, cant loose no matter the diet or exercise. Brain fog and Extreme stiffness in hip muscles and joint. Past two years the pain and stiffness in my legs keeps getting worst. I cant walk without pain. Drs. Cant explain it. Something is off. Not sure what to do. F 57 19 years
125 1X D
9/15/2020
 1  Under active thyroid I suffer fatigue, aches and pain in my body , headaches, chest pain and a strange tingling in my face from time to time. I don't recommend this medication, it does more harm than good. F 54 3 months
100mg 1X D
9/14/2020
 1  Hashimotos Tinnitus..migraines....palpitations... elevated HR....vertigo.... Cant seem to regulate in this medication. Asked Doc for Armour Thyroid. Waiting. F 65 3 months
25 bid 2X D
8/28/2020
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 1  Hypothyroidism (missing1/2mythyroid Jitters, anxiety, depression, sore muscles, left chest pain (heart), Left abdominal pain (possibly from Synthroid), hair loss, headaches, pressure in head, high blood pressure, just generally feeling very tired and very unwell. I'm hoping to start a different drug soon. Badly/desperately want off this terrible drug! F 39 10 years
75-88mcg 1X D
8/15/2020
 1  Hypothyroidism Horrible medication. Been lethargic and exhausted plus gained 30 pounds. Horrible Shouldn't be on the market!! F 30 1 years
50 1X D
8/15/2020
 5  hypothyroid I have had a positive experience iwth Synthroid. Sometimes I have hair shedding, but I feel fortunate that it is minor side effect. I tried the generic form, however it did not work for me. My dosage has been the same since the day I started it. I was hypothyroid and had the radioactive iodine. F 56 15 years
88 mcb 1X D
4/29/2020
 1  Hypothyroidism I have had Hypothyroidism for over 20 years. Synthroid and Levothyroxine will cause some or all of the following symptoms after taking long term. 1.Fatigue not normal fatigue but a sick flu like fatigue 2. Joint pain. Dr will test you for inflammatory diseases and even diagnose you with fibromyalgia etc. 3. Brain fog. This is the absolute worse of symptoms. As it interferes with livelihood, parenting, career, outside hobbies etc. 4. Hair loss. Make sure your iron levels are up so the dr won't misdiagnose you. 5. Depression, anxiety and confusion. The uneducated Dr. will most likely quickly place you on anti anxiety and depression medication. And send you to a therapist. 6. Weight gain. The Dr. will tell you to work out and suggest foods to eat when you are actually already eating and working out. 7. Frequent urination. 8. Stomach bloating. 9. Swelling of extremities. 10. Cold hands and feet. I had to explain this to an ignorant Dr. that wearing a coat and layered socks in summer southern heat is not normal. 11. Dry, tough skin. 12. Poor vision. The DR. will instead send you to an ophthalmologist. 13. Nausea and upset stomach. These have been my experiences on Synthroid and Levothyroxine. I have been on all levels. The highest I've been on was 200mcg. At one point in my life, I was placed on Armour Thyroid before this medicine was reformulated. I did so much in that time span of life and so much good living then. No symtoms, clear thinking, excelled in sc excelled in school and gathering, great social life.I could write legible. Speak without forgetting and stumbling over words. The best in life. Synthroid WILL work in the beginning, maybe a few years or so.. but after time passes you will experience the above. I don't care how much positive affirmations and meditation you do. You must be your own advocate and research. Do not live a life with struggle because of this medication. Do not waste your life fussing with incompetent uninformed Drs. If they don't want to prescribe something with T3...Move on and find one who is knowledgeable. Family will most likely not understand this disease. 45 23 years
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2/9/2020
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SYNTHROID  (LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM):  Levothyroxine is used to treat an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). It replaces or provides more thyroid hormone, which is normally produced by the thyroid gland. Low thyroid hormone levels can occur naturally or when the thyroid gland is injured by radiation/medications or removed by surgery. Having enough thyroid hormone is important for maintaining normal mental and physical activity. In children, having enough thyroid hormone is important for normal mental and physical development. This medication is also used to treat other types of thyroid disorders (such as certain types of goiters, thyroid cancer). This medication should not be used to treat infertility unless it is caused by low thyroid hormone levels.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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