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Is Levothyroxine Affecting My Stress Levels?

07/07/2008

Question:

I have recently been stressed at work and this has been going on for 3-4 weeks. I am also taking medicine for HypoT. I have lost 8 lbs. in the past two weeks. I can`t seem to shake the stress. I feel that most is self-inflicted stress, but I am wondering if the levothyroxine could be contributing to this.

Answer:

It is possible that the levothyroxine could contribute to anxiety if the dose is too high. A simple blood test can tell you for sure whether or not this is the case. It sounds like the stress you are feeling is probably not related to the levothyroxine.

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Response by:

Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University