Re: Levothyroxine 25 mcg
Either the start of treatment or increases/decreases in dosage can cause hair to temporarily shed excessively. This is not because of the med itself, but because of sudden fluctuations in hormone levels. It corrects itself with time.
But I have heard of rare cases where Synthroid brand in particular causes continuing hair loss. I don't know why... probably no one does. It can only be explained by individuals' body systemic responses. But switching to another brand will reverse the process and hair shedding stops.
Hope that explanation helps calm your fears.
Edit to add ~ 25 mcgs is considered by many MDs to be a "non-dose". Fifty mcgs is considered the smallest therapeutic dose. The effect of too small a dose can be that you end up with an even larger deficit of hormone in your body than you had before treatment. I have read some experiences here where such a small amount made a big improvement in people's symptoms, but that would be an unusual outcome.
You will hate taking "medication" only until you start feeling better because of it. Most of us are so relieved to just get our symptoms validated with an official diagnosis that we are delighted to get medication to take.
I hate taking "medication" too.... The kinds that are chemical conglomerations of unnatural ingredients meant to alter natural body functions. But thyroid hormone isn't that kind of medicine. It's an identical copy of the hormone your own gland would make if it could. You shouldn't be afraid of taking something you need.
Last edited by midwest1; 02-25-2006 at 10:09 AM.