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I've taken synthroid (8) years and now I'm having

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I've taken synthroid for eight (8) years and now I'm having bad side affects. I had a thyroidectomy in 2007. My hair is becoming very thin and my skin complexion is dark. I am a 52 year old black woman but very light complexion. I need another medication;
What do you suggest? I've been reading about a medication called 'Natur-thyroid 97.5'
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Endocrinology
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 1 year ago.

Dear customer,

Thanks for your question.

When did you last have your TSH investigation done? What was the result? What dosage of synthroid do you take? Do you suffer from any other medical condition or take any other daily medication?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Last TSH was done 8/2015TSH results: T-3 Uptake - 32
T4 TOTAL -10.4
FREE T4 INDEX - 3.3SYNTHROID DOSAGE - 125mgdaily medications - adderall - 30mg twice daily
prescription nexium 40mg
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 1 year ago.

Dear customer,

Thanks for your reply.

Please mention the result of your Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone TSH.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i gave you the results, this is all I have
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 1 year ago.

Dear customer,

Thanks for your question.

Basically most doctors recommend synthetic thyroxine such as synthroid, however natural extracts containing thyroid hormone derived from the thyroid glands of pigs are available such as Nature-Throid and you may ask your doctor to prescribe the natural thyroid hormone instead of synthetic thyroxine. However for both these products regular thyroid function tests need to be done to monitor the dosage and sometimes the dosage may be increased or decreased based on the results.

Please upload the picture of your thyroid function tests with the units so that I may further advice whether your present dosage of synthroid needs to be increased or decreased.

Take care.