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Can slimming pills like Panbesy cause thyroid problems?

Endocrinology

I’m a 26 year old female. I have been taking Panbesy weight loss pills for 4 years. A recent blood test showed that my thyroid antibodies are slightly high. Is it possible for Panbesy to cause this, and what should I do next?

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Panbesy will not cause an elevation in your thyroid antibodies, but it is not advisable to take Panbesy if you have an overactive thyroid gland. 

Panbesy works by increasing levels of catecholamines, and if you’re hyperthyroid, may increase the risk of cardiac complications. 

It is usually recommended as a short-term treatment of obesity (few weeks/months) together with exercise and a healthy diet.

If your weight has improved significantly, I would suggest stopping it. If your weight has not improved, I would suggest that you consider stopping it and getting evaluated to exclude other causes of obesity.

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