More than just an underactive thyroid may cause significant weight gain. Once your hypothyroidism is corrected - it can take several weeks for L-thyroxine to work - your metabolism will be back to normal.
The others have already given you information. I find it hard to believe someone has left over thyroid medication. Once on these medication one is on it for life. You are definitely playing a dangerous game.
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Once your metabolism is stable, you will be able to gain or lose weight like anyone without thyroid issues. Taking a higher dose of L-thyroxine to speed weight loss can have serious medical consequences and is not recommended.
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The most common treatment for hypothyroidism is a replacement hormone supplement - levothyroxine. Once you have the correct balance of thyroid hormone, your metabolism will right itself and you will have an easier time losing weight.
Could this weight gain be a side effect of the dosage and would this dosage be too low. Thanks.
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You will have more energy, burn more calories and lose weight. When you exercise, the levels of thyroxine in your blood will increase by 30 percent or so and remain elevated.
There is no pill to lose weight without major side effects. But this is a hormone and much damage can be done. Whether you are obese or not, please use your common sense.