Thyroid Issues and interferon

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Thyroid Issues and interferon

Postby kareng7 » Fri May 06, 2005 5:51 pm

Just followed an interesting line of research about thyroid problems and MS--since thryoid runs in my family. I found a study that says up to 24% of the people on interferon 1-a and 1-b develop hypothyroidism within the first year of treatment. Hypothyroidism can cause hair loss.

This study suggests you get tested if you're using interferon. ... 004-2326v1

Have any of you had your doc test you for thyroid issues? If so, any results to share?
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Postby carolsue » Wed May 11, 2005 3:42 pm

Thanks for the link. My doc asks me to get my blood tested every 3 months to monitor interferon effects on liver, thyroid, etc. After one year, I haven't had any problems with the thyroid.

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Postby jazzcat » Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:06 pm

Hi all,

I have been on Rebif for about 2 years now. My white cell counts are a little off (low) but other than that, I guess I am okay.

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