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Irritating tickly cough

I was on 150mg Levo for a few years the Dr dropped me to 125mg which meant taking 25mg mercury p I have never felt well on them ( lots of joint pain and unable to lose weight )but have persevered for over a year now but I have developed a constant tickly throat and for just over a week now it has got so bad I am getting no sleep and having to take time of work as a coughing fit can last over half an hour. This is starting to really get me down has anyone else had this problem or any solutions.

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I cannot answer your question but ask pharmacist/doctor to prescribe 50mcg so that you can halve the tablet instead of taking MP which may be affecting you (the fillers/binders in it).

If you've persevered for a year I think a new blood test is due first, i.e. TSH, T4, T3, Free T3, Free T4 (he or lab may not do all that are requested but try anyway).

The appointment should be the earliest, fasting (you can drink water) and allow 24 hour gap between last dose of levo and test and take afterwards.

Coughing for half an hour is too much and exhausting.

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Thank you for your help.

My bloods were done 3 months ago but every time I am told I am within an acceptable range. I have now been dropped to 100mg only and been told to wait 3 months to get bloods done again I am told I do not need to see an endocrinologist. I have never been told to fast to get my bloods I've always had mine taken later in the day



Ask your pharmacist to dispense 25mcg Wockhardt instead of Mercury Pharma.

Hot water with a spoonful of honey and a slice of lemon is very soothing for a tickly throat.


I've dropped the 25mg completely to see if that helps just hoping I don't start to gain weight.

I have been using honey at bedtime which gives short relief but still not enough for a night's sleep.


Have you gone back to the GP to assess the persistent cough? And do you have any difficulty swallowing? Meals were particlularly difficult as any contact of food with throat set me off. I have asthma so 18 months of both issues resulted in new inhalers but not much else. I scoured the internet for possible causes and treatments and was so grateful when it settled. I was a bee keeper so got through lots of my honey supplies.


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