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Re: hypothyroidism and paxil, and throat infections

Re: hypothyroidism and paxil, and throat infections

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Posted by Graying on August 07, 2000 at 20:44:38:

In Reply to: Re: hypothyroidism and paxil, and throat infections posted by Tina on August 07, 2000 at 19:41:50:

: : : : : WHile rare, it is noted that paxil can be associatted with hypothyroidism. However, I wonder if Paxil may be prescribed because of its familarity with the public when the actual problem is hypothyroidism. I have been taking Paxil for about 5 months and after a recent blood test my doc tells me I have borderline hypothyroidism. Also cholesterol of 240. I am also sleepy often (and can nap easily when I get the chance). I was worried about paxil affecting my thyroid, but perhaps it is my thyroid that is affecting my biochemistry more than anything else.

: : : : : From reading this board, it appears that there is a connection, but it is not clear what comes first.

: : : : : Please comment if you have any insight.

: : : : Hmmm, Interesting question! What came first the chicken or the egg? Did they run thyroid tests prior to putting you on Paxil? If I were a betting person I'd place a big bet that they didn't, would I have won?
: : : : In my uneducated, very biased oppinion....I feel that the thyroid problem came first. It will be interesting to see what others know or feel about this! I have always felt that Doctors over prescribe anti-depressants and anti-anixety rather than take the time to listen to the patient or find the true cause.
: : : : What was your Cholesterol before taking Paxil? Were you having problems with being sleepy or other HypoT signs or symptoms before Paxil? What was your TSH when the Doc discovered that you are "borderline" hypothyroid? Tina

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: : : I'm wondering the same thing now that you mentioned it. I had my RAI done in December, started synthroid in late March and then my TSH was 1.51. I started taking paxil about 2 months ago and since my hair started falling out just before the paxil, I had my TSH tested again. It went up to 2.74. The doc checked it again 5 days ago and now it's 4.83. Very close the high end of normal which is 5.5. Maybe it is paxil related or maybe I just need an adjustment on my synthroid. I'm getting another TSH in 3 weeks so will let ya know what happens. Also, I've been feeling very tired the last 2 days and coffee isn't even helping. I"m feeling like i did when I was hypothyroid. I certainly remember that feeling so why don't the docs listen???
: : : Lynne W

: : After having my thyroid checked again, my doc now tells me it is normal. I don't know the numbers yet. I will in a few days. However, when my first test was done I was just recovering from a very bad viral throat infection. I wonder if that could have temporarily affected thyroid function?
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: Hi Graying, Do you know if your doc ran an antibody test? I think that I heard, not sure, that there is some thought about a virus being the cause of some types of thyroid problems. Hey, anybody here that's more familar with that please jump in here. Tina

Hi Tina, I don't think so but the first indication of an underactive thyroid came from a suite of tests (in all maybe 20 - 25) that was offered by my office. That paper is in my office so I will have to check tomorrow.

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