YES! Got a Levo prescription!

Well I was NOT expecting that! Just had a phone consult with my GP. My TSH is now over-range and my antibodies have gone up since the last test. My GP said she was happy to give me a very small amount of Levo (25 micrograms) for the next 3 months. I'm to re-test with BH in 2 months' time and let her know the results. Very happy with that, am hoping my symptoms will abate. Fingers crossed! At least not all doctors are the spawn of the Devil. :D

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  • Three months ... just 25 mcg ... treating TSH, not the patient?

    Sincerely hope this Levo helps. If not read page 26 in this:

    Remember it is you that has the symptoms. If not well i'd take twice a week 50 mcg (maybe even alternate days?)

  • Yes, well at this point I am just grateful to actually get my paws on the stuff. :) Thanks for the link. I do believe that if it isn't enough she will increase it, I will have to see how I get on. And that's good advice, in order to increase the dose a little. :)

  • Its great that you have a prescription for a trial but i think your doc should be providing the blood test in 6 - 8 weeks to see how you get on and if an increase is required, 25mcg - 50mcg is considered a starting dose. Hope you feel some improvement soon.

  • They would provide a blood test - however I'm a needle-phobe so this is the only way I'll have blood tests done, so that's not her fault. So I'll order it in and do a test at the 7-8 week mark and then drop the results off at the surgery.

  • Jadzhia,

    Thyroid peroxidase antibodies are positive for autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's) which causes 90% of hypothyroidism. 100% gluten-free diet may improve symptoms and reduce antibodies.

    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.

    Your GP should arrange a follow up thyroid test 6-8 weeks after starting Levothyroxine. Book 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.

  • Thanks Clutter :) I am already gluten-free. Helpful to know it takes a week or so for any effect to be noticed.

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