Hi, I live in San Diego CA, USA and belong to Kaiser Permanente (an HMO). I'm 72 and have been taking 88 mcg levothyroid for about 7 years; I actually feel worse as every morning after I take the pill my heart beats fast and I actually feel more tired. Wonderful news--have a new doctor now and she said I could wean myself off of the pill by taking it every other day for 2 weeks and stop. She said she will check it in 6 weeks as it takes that long for your thyroid to kick back in gain. If I still need meds she prescribe me a new one--so wonderful to have a doctor that listens and is open to change. She is only in mid-thirties and works with you to try to help symptoms--not stubbornly set in her ways.