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    St John's Wort (Hypericum) and Thyroxine

    I've read that menopausal symptoms (not so much the flushes themselves, but sleep and general quality of life) can be somewhat relieved by St John's Wort. However, small, short-term studies have found raised TSH levels in some patients taking both thyroxine and St John's Wort. Results are marginal and inconclusive, as far as I can see.

    I've also seen someone say that they thrived on the combination, their thyroid levels were monitored and adjusted.

    I wonder what others know or think - I would add that I am desperate to find relief, I should have been finished with the menopause years and years ago

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    Re: St John's Wort (Hypericum) and Thyroxine

    I have never taken it myself, but have heard that it should not be used with thyroid meds.

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    Re: St John's Wort (Hypericum) and Thyroxine

    Drops the vit D level is all I know however if I really needed a pick me up instead of taking things like my seroxat nowadays I would risk the St Johns Wort.
    I cannot understand how they can say not to take something with thyroid meds, we produce thyroid hormones ourselves? As long as we leave it a good 4 hours apart that shouldn't hurt should it? If it pushes the TSH doses could be adjusted? I am hypothesising here though.
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    Re: St John's Wort (Hypericum) and Thyroxine

    You're probably right there Dawn, there are quite a few supplements that shouldn't be taken with thyroid medication ( iron, calcium etc) but it doesn't say not to take them at all

    http://www.tripanswers.org/answer.aspx? ... 3902&src=0

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    Re: St John's Wort (Hypericum) and Thyroxine

    LOL ya know I bet that is one of the ways it alleviates depression, better thyroid function
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    Re: St John's Wort (Hypericum) and Thyroxine

    Mmmm - not sure about thyroxine - I know that one isn't supposed to take it withen taking HRT.
    I have menopausal symptoms (the GP blames menopause - I blame Hash and medication) and have done for years. Thyroid problems can make the menopause start early. I think GPs all too often blame one's sex and age for many things - it is easy to do that, isn't it? I get hot sweats and cold flushes - does the menopause cause the cold ones? But the symptoms are more like those when I was first diagnosed, when I was quite poorly - they get worse when I am tired in the evening. I have considered going back on HRT but this is as a last resort. Good luck. Hope you start to feel better soon.

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    Re: St John's Wort (Hypericum) and Thyroxine

    Quote Originally Posted by anni
    I get hot sweats and cold flushes - does the menopause cause the cold ones?
    I get hot flushes, hot & cold sweats, faintness and palpitations. What's caused by thyroxine and what by menopause, lord only knows, but I should be years past the menopause.

    My "Actavis" brand thyroxine leaflet lists the following amongst a long list of possible side-effects:

    Heart: ........ palpitations, anginal pain;

    Central Nervous System
    : ............. flushing, sweating, .........., heat intolerance.

    "Tell your doctor...", it says. I did, and added on a strange event that resulted in partial facial paralysis, and got sent away with a prescription for eye drops for a slight infection in one eye.

    No-one warned me that thyroxine would act merely as a life-support machine to a non-functioning carcase From 7am to 7pm I average about 12 episodes per 12-hour period (I actually managed to record the times over a couple of days last week, evenings and night-time not included).

    Oh! and I took St John's Wort for something under 2 months and didn't feel a benefit.

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