Re: ...tests in...."normal". will prozac help or hurt?
Hi theewilliams. Trust your instincts. Antidepressants don't mix well with thyroid disease. In fact, one of the lesser known side effects of prozac, zoloft and other antidepressants and antianxiety medications, is increased TSH levels and worsening hypothyroidism. Once started, mood-changing medications take a long time to eliminate from the body. And their effects may make a thyroid diagnosis more difficult, as so many thyroid symptoms are mood-related.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>According to Henry Ford Health System, "The product information of Prozac reveals that infrequently Prozac may cause or worsen preexisting hypothyroidism. As hypothyroidism is known to cause depression, it is important to have your thyroid function checked." According to Mary Shomon, author of Living Well With Hypothyroidism, "Taking thyroid hormone replacement while taking the popular antidepressant sertraline -- brand name Zoloft -- can cause a decrease in the effectiveness of the thyroid hormone replacement, and make your TSH rise. This same effect has also been seen in patients receiving other selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors such as Paxil (paroxetine) and Prozac (fluoxetine). If you are on an antidepressant or thyroid hormone and your doctor wants to prescribe the other, be sure to discuss these issues."<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
While your TSH level is in the "normal" range, we each feel well at varying levels. Hopefully, your Endo will treat your symptoms rather than your blood levels.
In our Information Archive, there is a useful list of questions to use when interviewing a new doctor to qualify their treatment protocols:
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Scroll down to Meep's post of 2Nov01.
Depression/Anxiety and thyroid levels are definitely connected, and many of us find that our depression and anxiety are relieved when our levels are adjusted properly.
Hang in there, and let us know what the Endo says.