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Old 07-23-2002, 05:34 PM   #1
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too much synthroid makes you gain weight?

I am on synthroid to stop thyroid function due to a nodule I have. My TSH is very Low at 0.13 with a normal Free T4. My doctor had decreased my dose after my last visit resulting in an increase in dose. Have gained weight, and I have to work harder to stay where I am at. How is it that too much synthroid can make this happen? My previous symptions warrented a dosage increase. It's very confusing and I don't want to gain more weight.

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Old 07-24-2002, 09:55 PM   #2
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Re: too much synthroid makes you gain weight?

Welcome kellyf. Unfortunately, the symptoms vary with each of us. Some have hypothyroid symptoms (including weight gain) and yet are found to be hyperthyroid, and vice-versa. Some lose weight as soon as their thyroid levels are balanced, others just seem to maintain at the same level (with no additional gain, but no loss either).

It is likely that the Synthroid is not causing the actual weight gain; your hormone imbalance is most likely to blame for that. I know it's difficult, and it's extremely frustrating while you endure the rollercoaster of increased and decreased dosages as you become balanced.

If possible, try to focus on getting well and not so much on your weight. Once your levels balance and your symptoms are more comfortable, your body will respond to diet and/or exercise much better. While it's under the stress of a hormone imbalance, the change is more difficult.

In the meantime, here are some threads with useful information in them (including our Information Archive and Stories threads). Read through them and post back with any questions.
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