Update!

Hi guys I thought I'd update you because you've been so fantastic with me.

Went back to the doctors today. I have been on 25mg of thyroxine. My mood has definitely increased and I'm less irritable. On the 24th of June my thyroid was 3.58 (0.27-4.2) and fT4 11.9 (12-22).

Today it was 4.6 (same range) and 13. I've gained 5lbs in a month too. He's agreed to let me get my TSH to 0.5-1. He's really working with me. Rang around a lot of Endocrinologists for me and asked for advice and opinions. He told me to stick with 25mg for now (maybe a week) but he gave me a prescription for another 25mg and told me to decide to double up at my own discretion.

What would you recommend from here guys?

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  • Wloren, Your FT4 has improved a little but your TSH rising is your body's way of saying that 25mcg isn't enough. Your GP's attitude sounds very promising but I don't understand why he hasn't immediately increased your dose to 50mcg. There's no point in waiting a week, increase immediately and make sure to have another thyroid test in 6 weeks because I'm sure you'll need another increase or two.

  • Even though I've only been on the thyroxine for 7 days? Increase from tomorrow? I take the tablet and then fast for almost 2hrs so I know I'm taking them isolated!

  • Wloren, your GP should have started you on 75mcg/100mcg which is the full replacement dose for people under 60 without heart disease. Taking Levothyroxine an hour before food is fine but wait two hours to take it if you've eaten/drunk anything other than water.

  • i would not be waiting a week to double up i would be taking it now and then wanting it increased again in 3 weeks

  • Even though I've only been on the thyroxine for 7 days? Increase from tomorrow? I take the tablet and then fast for almost 2hrs so I know I'm taking them isolated!

  • Yes 25mcg is a minute dose only normally a starting dose reserved for the elderly or those vulnersble to heart probs

    you could tske 25mcg in morning and the other 25mcg late afternoon if you want

  • I was started on 25mcg, I asked my doc if I could increase to 50mcg, we decided to try 25 one day/50 the next, the 50mcg didn't agree with me (shaking hands and felt hyper) so I tried cutting the 25mcg in half and taking 37.5mcg, this worked out fine for me. Maybe worth a try if you don't get on with 50mcg.

    Good Luck,

    Sarah

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