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Can levothyroxine be stopped abruptly?
Last Updated: 21st January, 2020
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Similarly, can you stop taking thyroid medication once you start?
While hypothyroidism cannot be prevented, you can lead a normal and productive life if you take your medicine as prescribed. Some important things to remember once you start taking thyroid hormone medication include3,4: Do not stop taking the medication even if you feel better.
Likewise, how long does levothyroxine withdrawal last? According to the consensus of European Thyroid Association and the guidelines of American Thyroid Association for patients undergoing radioiodine therapy or diagnostic testing, LT4 can be withdrawn for at least 3 weeks, or alternatively LT3 can be administered for 2 weeks followed by LT3-withdrawal for 2 weeks (11, 12)
Subsequently, one may also ask, what are the side effects of stopping levothyroxine?
Effects of Skipping Your Antithyroid Medication
- Debilitating weight loss.
- Dramatically increased appetite and thirst.
- Nervousness, anxiety, panic attacks.
- Heat intolerance, sweating.
- Fatigue or muscle weakness.
- Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
- Menstrual irregularities.
- Goiter/enlarged thyroid.
What happens if I stop taking Synthroid cold turkey?
In the case of Synthroid, discontinuing the medication results in a worsening of hypothyroid symptoms such as those that you listed. A detailed list of symptoms is found in the hypothyroid review article. In addition, cholesterol levels may rise, and heart disease and heart failure may ensue.