After my recent hospital admission due to high blood pressure and the terrible last couple of weeks being over medicated, the consultant at the hospital asked me last week to cut out my 100 mcg thyroxine and start again on Tuesday on 75mcg, which I did after he faxed my GP with a new prescription. My GP wrote the script as 3x 25mcg each morning.
After being back up at the acute medical clinic for two hours yesterday having more bloods / BP / 24 hour urine samples etc...the nurse phoned me later in in the day to say my TSH was now 0.4 (normal range) and my FT4 was now 16.6 (11.5-22.7) ... No FT3 ...so looking like midway. Clearly stopping the thyroxine for 4 days not only brought my heart rhythm to a normal pace but brought my TFTs in normal range?
However, since then, I have tried two pharmacies in my home town, and they themselves have tried 3 pharmacies (Lloyds, Rowlands and Boots) to source my usual brand of Almus levothyroxine and no one can source it at all in 25mcg. Really? The whole North West?
I know from other postings on here that say not to change brands but both can only supply Mercury Pharma....I know some of you have said it has made you unwell.
I am really concerned as I am not out of the woods yet from last week's thyroid crisis and for the last 3 days I have had to cut up my own 100mcg in half and the remaining half into a quarter to make up my own 75mcg but this is not ideal in the long term.
I feel caught now between a rock and a garden place and don't have an option therefore but to take the new brand. This is now ideal in the light of the fact that I am now officially diagnosed with hypertension and have had to start on 2 blood pressure medications and have not settled on the correct dosage with either of these.
At least the consultant wants to see me in Tuesday this week so I will let you know how it goes.