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Old 06-02-2005, 08:07 AM   #1
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Antidepressants and Thyroid

I had no thyroid problems until I started to take Zoloft and within a year I had goiter and my TSH was up over 3. I was then treated with Levoxyl up to .75. I have read that Zoloft can block thyroid absorption and can cause or exhasberate a thyroid condition. I was on the combo for about 3 years. Then when I went off the Zoloft I started to feel lots of muscle tension and about 8 month later crashed with symptoms similar to Hyper thyroid... interestingly my TSH kept going down on the same doseage after I discontinued the Zoloft...7 months later I still have a lot of anxiety and symptoms so I can going off the meds to see what is me and what is the med.. has anyone has a similar problem?


Old 06-02-2005, 03:04 PM   #2
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Re: Antidepressants and Thyroid

Thyroid can mimic "mental illness". When I was rushed to the ER by my (now ex) family doctor, who had cut my synthroid from 175 to 100, the ER doctor diagnosed me as depressed and prescribed Zoloft---despite my protests that I thought my problems were due to too little thyroid. They insisted I take the Zoloft. I did. I took one of them and then threw the rest in the toilet when I got home.
When my husband thought I was going a little "nutty", he had me see an acquaintance who was a psychiatrist. After asking me a few questions, he ordered blood work for thyroid and upped my dose. After looking at the test he told me he thought my problems were due to too little thyroid and increased my dose. I felt a whole lot better. Not as anxious, better able to deal with stuff.
You might go and check with a psychiatrist. It's worth checking into.

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Old 06-02-2005, 04:21 PM   #3
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Re: Antidepressants and Thyroid

How high was your TSH?

Old 06-03-2005, 08:05 AM   #4
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Re: Antidepressants and Thyroid

Sounds like a good idea. Good luck and keep us posted!
PS---Just an aside---I have a friend who became dangerously depressed from taking cholesterol lowering drugs like Lipitor. You never know when you're the one in a million person who has weird side affects to the drugs.

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