3. Thyroid Medications
An underactive thyroid gland is a cause of hypothyroidism, or decreased production of thyroid hormones in the body. Levothyroxine, under brand names such as Levoxyl or Synthroid, is a treatment for hypothyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Graves’ disease. Thyroid problems can also be caused by an overactive thyroid gland in cases of hyperthyroidism. Following surgery for an overactive thyroid gland, medications like levothyroxine may be prescribed. Sudden discontinuation of thyroid medications for either of these conditions can cause blood pressure problems, muscle weakness, menstrual irregularities, and hair loss.
2. Medications for Nerve Pain
Gabapentin is a seizure medication that is sometimes used to treat nerve pain in conditions such as shingles, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. This medication interferes with pain signals, resulting in pain relief. As the brain becomes adjusted to the presence of gabapentin and its effects, sudden withdrawal of the medication can cause withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms include nausea, anxiety, sweating, and difficulty sleeping, and can include seizures. Gradually reducing the dose of gabapentin over time will help your body adjust and decrease the risk of alarming side effects.
1. Work with Your Doctor
If you have been taking medications over a long period of time, your body may have become dependent on those medications. It can be beneficial to give your body a chance to maintain healthy function without chemical intervention. However, you should never stop taking long-term medications without consulting your physician. Together, you and your doctor can come up with a plan that will gently ease your body off medications and allow it to take over normal functions without causing withdrawal symptoms or a dangerous shock to your system.