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Attempted suicide with levothyroxine is very rare and has been described only in a few case reports. Although acute accidental or intentional overdoses of thyroid hormones can lead to marked elevations in serum T4 levels, many children who take as much as 5-10 mg of levothyroxine as a single dose have few or no symptoms of thyrotoxicosis. We report an adolescent girl who attempted suicide by ingesting levothyroxine. She responded well to β-adrenergic blockade.


Huseyin Anil Korkmaz, Ceyhun Dizdarer, Filiz Hazan, Utku Karaarslan. Attempted suicide with levothyroxine in an adolescent girl. Journal of pediatric endocrinology & metabolism : JPEM. 2013;26(1-2):129-31

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PMID: 23457314

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