I decided To withdrawnslowlynfrom taking Levothyroxine

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about 15 years ago the doctor decided to start me on Levothyroxine...I was really just borderline low thyroid, always tired...I thought it would help me.  Now, I want to take less meds and want to stop Levothyroxine.  I cut my dose in half for about 2 weeks.  I am feeling tired but also still have virus infection.  I am trying to determine the dangers and benefits of the decision.  I am 75 and do also have congestive heart failure althought it is quite mild.

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    Please speak to your doctor. 

    People who go undiagnosed or are under-medicated, can develop cardio issues.

    Thyroxine is needed for a healthy heart.

    So if someone already has heart failure and stops taking levo..... I think it’s a very dangerous action.

    If you are really set on this, do this with your doctor so they can closely monitor your thyroid levels to see if you benefit from stopping levo or not. 

    Maybe it would be best to do it when you are better from the virus to feel the true symptoms

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    Barbara, I  am no know it all but 15 years is a long time. Levothyroxine shuts down your body's normal function. It is just possible all you needed was Selenium cause your body may not have been converting your body's T4 to T3 , so it seemed as though your thyroid was failing. Many doctors are just too helpful prescribing Levothyroxine on the results of a TSH test which is not a diagnostic test, but a "lure". It is like in advertising when stores runs a special on something to get people to come in the store, so they will buy more , but in healthcare it is dangerous and expensive, but profitable for your healthcare provider. Levothyroxine can trigger high blood pressure it happened to me and that is not my opinion. Mayo Clinic documents that fact in their literature. The medications prescribed to treat high blood pressure eventually causes congestive heart failure and other damage to your heart and blood vessels. In short doctors have the ability to help people, but they also have the ability to grow their own practices on those of us who trust them. I was on Levothyroxine for 4 years and my situation sounded similar to yours. I stopped  nearly 8 months ago now, but have had to stay on the BP medications. I take Selenium 200mcg. It took months but many of the side effects have cleared over the months. It can take 6 months to a year, but I think some damage is permanent. Big difference between 4 years and 15 years, but first you would need to see a doctor who can assess if you have any natural thyroid function after 15 years of suppression. I wish you well. Personally I consider Levothyroxine  a dreadful poison and if there wasn't so much corruption in healthcare that stuff would have never gone on the market. The class action sites are full of cases won not on opinion but factual documentation of how harmful that drug is to human beings.

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      Oh my word !!  as a newly diagnosed hypothyroid patient who has been on levothyroxine for 10 days  I feel very concerned reading your comments ( levothyroxine being a dreadful poison) ... I would rather not be On medication at all, but I am not well and I have to put my trust in my GP. You are most certainly entitled to your opinion but please be aware of the anxiety your comments cause to people like myself. I  am sorry you have had a bad experience and glad to hear you are getting better. 
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      Totally agree. And it’s one reason why I developed health anxiety and why my road to recovery took longer........ because I paid too much attention to people who bad mouthed levo. There are many many people who do just fine on it but you don’t hear from them because they are out their living their lives
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      Hi,

      Please, trust your doctor and believe you are having the right treatment. Hypothyroidism is a very serious illness.......I have been living with it for 10 years now. 

      Diet and exercise are vital................

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    Would you consider all natural products? I've been on for a year now and although I have not tested in months I do feel amazingly better than I did this time last year! Would be willing to share what I've been doing that's all natural to help others suffering. 

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    Hi,

    Please, do not come off your pills by yourself, see an endocrinologist. An under active thyroid, hypothyroidism is a very serious auto immune illness, untreated leads to death. 

    Diet and exercise are crucial.....I am sugar free, wheat free, eat lots of vegetables. I have been living with hypothyroidism for the last 10 years and the symptoms develop over time, regular blood tests and scans.

    I used to feel tired....not anymore, since I changed my diet. You are also at high risk of getting other autoimmune diseases....like diabetes, lupus, lichen scleroses. 

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