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Re: Bach, Angie (Can I Take OTC Drugs, 5/27) and Kim Fair (Considered Recovered, 5/1)

Re: Bach, Angie (Can I Take OTC Drugs, 5/27) and Kim Fair (Considered Recovered, 5/1)

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Posted by Thyring Again on May 28, 2000 at 10:39:08:

Most importantly, my heart goes out to all my fellow thyroid sufferers who on a daily basis constantly batttle this insidious menacing illness (all forms of it). Second, this is a great message board forum, overflowing with worthwhile information regarding "real people in the trenches"; I hope it remains active. Thanks to Bach and Angie for their messages regarding OTC drugs. I have received "differences of opinion" from various disciplines of the medical profession: internists, endos, pharmacists--a vicious cycle where their answers lead to more questions. - which leads to my question - Re: Ms. Fair's post 5/1; Is a partial thyroidectomy patient who currently takes Levoxyl able to take OTC (cold medicines, etc)? Also, is a partial thyroidectomy patient (5% remaining) who is NOT on replacement therapy able to take OTC medicines with the "thyroid disease warning" able to take them without fear of side effects? Is a person treated with surgery for hyperthyroidism considered cured at any point? At age 21 I had a subtotal (5% left) thyroidectomy for hyperthyroidism (G.D.) Some symptoms were definitely hyper, some were not (wt). I took Synthroid following surgery, but had very adverse reactions to it and after discussing this with my endo, she decided I did not need the replacement as my TSH was in the normal range. I was relieved to be off Synthroid because of the reactions I was having but within a few years many other problems developed--a 70+ pound weight gain (this I did not need), dental problems (many failed root canals), numerous bouts with pneumonia, itching skin, serious gyne problems, etc. BUT my TSH is still in the normal range (3.6), -- according to every endo doc I have seen since (my first endo retired). Your suggestions and opinions would be appreciated.

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