Review: could Mirena cause Underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism)?
Summary: Underactive thyroid is found among people who take Mirena, especially for people who are female, 30-39 old, have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take medication Synthroid, and have Birth control.
We study 62,602 people who have side effects while taking Mirena from FDA and social media. Among them, 32 have Underactive thyroid. Find out below who they are, when they have Underactive thyroid and more.
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Mirena has active ingredients of levonorgestrel. It is often used in birth control. (latest outcomes from 62,955 Mirena users)
Underactive thyroid (abnormally low activity of the thyroid gland, resulting in retardation of growth and mental development) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, high blood pressure, osteopenia, depression, multiple sclerosis. (latest reports from 49,613 Underactive thyroid patients)
On Jan, 29, 2015: 62,587 people reported to have side effects when taking Mirena. Among them, 32 people (0.05%) have Underactive Thyroid.
Time on Mirena when people have Underactive thyroid * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Underactive thyroid||0.00%||6.67%||6.67%||13.33%||40.00%||33.33%||0.00% |
Age of people who have Underactive thyroid when taking Mirena * :
|Underactive thyroid||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||34.62%||38.46%||23.08%||3.85%||0.00% |
Severity of Underactive thyroid when taking Mirena ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Underactive thyroid||0.00%||57.14%||42.86%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Underactive thyroid ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Underactive thyroid||0.00%||60.00%||40.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Contraception (17 people, 53.12%)
- Hypothyroidism (3 people, 9.38%)
- Menorrhagia (3 people, 9.38%)
- Rheumatoid arthritis (3 people, 9.38%)
- Thyroid disorder (2 people, 6.25%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Synthroid (4 people, 12.50%)
- Humira (3 people, 9.38%)
- Gynokadin (2 people, 6.25%)
- Thyroid medication (2 people, 6.25%)
- Pristiq (2 people, 6.25%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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