Experience with thyroid medication for depression? (Ugh. What have I done by trying this?)
June 26, 2012 9:32 AM Subscribe
I'm on thyroid medication for depression -- did I just start a permanent sentence without realizing it?
posted by ArgyleMarionette to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I just started taking thyroid hormones (liothyronine/Cytomel, 25mcg/day) for long-standing depression, started about a week or 2 ago. I still mostly feel like crap, tired, cloudy thinking, needing to rest all the time, etc (just had to stop home for a nap and call in that I'll be very late to work). My thyroid is normal according to labs, i'm taking this for depression and hoping it will help with the fatigue and massive weight gain over the past 3-4 months (~25 lbs).
I made it to about 1/2 my therapy session this morning, and at the end the therapist (not an MD) said that she thought once I start on this med, I can't get off of it even though it might not work. As in my thyroid won't return to normal. Is this true? Again, I was not prescribed it to replace the hormone -- my T3/T4/TSH was all in the lab's normal ranges, and my PCP didn't prescribe the med, my psych MD did. I've tried many many meds, and am currently regularly prescribed lithium, wellbutrin, ritalin, and klonopin (although that last one I take infrequently), and the Nuvaring.
Yikes, what have I done? I know YANMD but before I call my psych MD/wait for his call back and totally freak out on the phone, I thought it might help to get some input from people who took it before, and hear how it helped/didn't help them, too. I could have swore he said I could stop if it didn't work, but now I'm just sad and freaked out.