People may expect a variety of side effects when they start Levothyroxine. They usually resolve within a couple of weeks. If not, discuss with your pharmacist and ask whether an alternative make can be tried because sometimes the fillers cause upset. There are 3 makes Mercury Pharma, Actavis (also known as Almus) and Wockhardt 25mcg.
For maximum absorption Levothyroxine should be taken with water 1 hour before or 2 hours after food and drink, 2 hours away from other medication and supplements, and 4 hours away from calcium, iron, vitamin D supplements and oestrogen.
It takes 7-10 days for Levothyroxine to be absorbed before it starts working and it will take up to six weeks to feel the full impact of the dose.
You should have a follow up thyroid test 6-8 weeks after starting Levothyroxine. Arrange an early morning and fasting (water only) blood draw when TSH is highest, and take Levothyroxine after your blood draw.
Most people will find symptoms resolve after their TSH drops to around 1.0 with FT4 in the upper range but symptoms can lag a couple of months behind good biochemistry.
Jarrows Formula and Solgar are good B12 sublingual lozenges. BetterYou Boost B12 is an apricot flavoured spray. It's a good idea to supplement a B Complex Vitamin too.
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.