Can I stop taking thyroid medicine?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Sravanthi Sunkaraneni

No. Thyroid medicine cannot be stopped or skipped as skipping or stopping your antithyroid medication or thyroid hormone replacement can harm the body with various undesirable and possibly dangerous effects. It increases the risk of fatal conditions like myxedema coma if you are hypothyroid, and thyroid storm if you are hyperthyroid.

If you stop taking thyroid medication, the hypothyroid symptoms usually return. In general, the symptoms can get worse if you go longer without the medication. Similarly, the increase in the rate of severity of the disease can increase its risks. It can also lead to life-threatening situations. 

Initially after stopping the medication, you may feel tired, sluggish and in a low mood. Failure of taking medicines can also result in the worsening of other health conditions that you may have. These conditions may include sleep apnea, depression, and type 2 diabetes. Taking proper medication and managing your thyroid levels can help in reducing the risk of developing thyroid nodules.

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