T3 meds

Hi guys could anyone tell me the starting dose for t3 I have just received mine and there are no English information on the leaflet also should I still take my levo as my doctors don't know the answer to that, I am waiting for an appointment with a endo but he has a rather long waiting list ps I can't believe I have dragged myself through 20 years of hypo and not one doctor has ever mentioned t3 to me.

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  • Welcome to the forum, 985141000526455

    1 x 25mcg T3 tablet is equivalent to 75mcg Levothyroxine.

    You can add a little T3 to your Levothyroxine dose. If you post your recent thyroid results with the ranges (figures in brackets after results) members will advise on dosing. It's best to start low to see how well you tolerate T3. You could buy a pillcutter and quarter the T3 tablet into 6.25mcg doses to start.

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    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • Hi clutter and thanks for your reply I have just been the docs for my results but I don't think they are complete there is nothing in brackets it says

    Serum THS level of 0.19mu/l 0.30-6.00

    Free T4 level 18 pmollike 10.00-22.00

    Does that make any sense.l

  • 985141000526455,

    Typical! Ranges are nomally enclosed in brackets :-D (0.30-6.00) is the TSH range and (10.00-22.00) is the FT4 range.

    FT4 18 isn't high in range so there's no need to reduce Levothyroxine dose when you add T3.

    If you increase T3 dose to 12.5mcg I recommend you stick at that dose for 6-8 weeks and order a FT3 test to check level remains within range if your GP or NHS lab won't test FT3. You can order thyroid tests from Blue Horizon or Genova via thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

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    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • Hi Clutter Thankyou again for your reply, I have just rang the Docs and they don't do F3 testing so I will wait to see the Endo and will only take the 12.5 dose.

  • Your Endo might also not be in agreement with T3 although many of us on this forum have found it life-giving. Levothyroxine's job is to convert to T3 but doesn't always sufficiently and this is a small excerpt of explanation.

    "As a result, it’s not likely that large enough amounts of T3 will reach the receptors at one time to saturate them. But plain T3 in single doses enters cells in larger amounts. These larger amounts may provide the saturation needed to provoke transcription regulation by mutant T3-receptors. If so, these saturation amounts of T3 may induce waves of transcription that on the clinical level relieve symptoms of hypometabolism"

    web.archive.org/web/2010103...

  • 985141000526455,

    I'm guessing that FT4 18 is unlikely to deliver FT3 above mid-range which makes it unlikely that 12.5mcg T3 will send FT3 over range. I must emphasis that without a FT3 result before you add T3 it is just a guess.

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    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • Well, doctors wouldn't mention it, because they don't believe it helps. In fact, they think it's down right dangerous! They don't want you to take it, for the most part - especially if they have to pay, because it's horrendously expensive in the UK (don't know if you are in the uk...) It doesn't surprise me at all. In fact, when I asked my endo, in the beginning, if levo was the only thing you could take, because it didn't agree with me at all, she said yes, levo is all there is!!! So, she was either very ignorant, or lying!

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