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Lately there have been some problems with the availability of thyroid medication. So far I’ve been reasonably lucky in that the short while that my usual meds weren’t available, the same brand meds in a different dosage were. However, changing brands and even changing dosage size tablets are not advised as they do cause problems. Thyroid medication has an extremely narrow therapeutic band.
Thyroid medication is cheap. Even if I had to pay for it myself, I’d be able to keep myself alive on about 100 – 200 euros or so a year in thyroid medication. That is why it is also not an interesting medication for companies to have in their portfolio. It’s simply too bloody cheap to be of any commercial use.
The fact that the availability of thyroid medication is under threat is a worry. Because not being able to take the medication has some nasty effects. Especially the last one in this list:
Blood pressure irregularities
Low body temperature, feeling perpetually cold
Elevated cholesterol, treatment-resistant high cholesterol
Loss or reduction of sex drive
Joint or muscle pain
Swollen hands, feet and face
Growth of thyroid nodules, increasing goiter size
Increased risk of heart disease
Increased risk of infection
Myxedema coma and death
Hypothyroidism is often viewed as a “simple” disease, because once you’re stabilised (something that still seems to elude me) you are able to function more or less as normal, and therefore not viewed as something quite all that serious. But lets be clear here. If I stop taking my medication, or have to stop taking my medication because it’s not available, I will die. A slow death, I grant you that. But the disease I have _will_ kill me if left untreated.
So that petition I linked to up there? Life blood my friends, life blood.