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Taking Thyroid S

Hello folks, I was just wondering how any of you take your Thyroid S please. I have been taking 2 tablets at about 5am then one more at 12 lunchtime. Does anyone take them all at once? I have only been on them about 7-10 days. When I was taking Armour, I was told by my Endo that it was an overload on my thyroid gland if I took them all at once. I don't want to do anything silly and make myself feel ill, I haven't had the heart tremors and would rather not get to that stage. Thank you all. :)

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Your Endo is wrong. The only thing that overloads a thyroid gland is too much thyroid hormones and I'm sure NDT in gradual doses every few days wouldn't.

You refer to 'Tablets' what grain are these as NDTs are usually measured in grains. Some measure in mg either 60 or 65, but mg doesn't mean mcg as in levo. It means the tablet is equal in its effect to 100mcg of levo so at present if you are on 3 grains that's about 300mcg of levo?

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Hello shaws - initially my Endo prescribed 1.75 grains Armour, 105 mg. I still felt rough so I upped it to 2 grains, 120 mg. I still didn't feel right over time so I increased it again to 2.5 grains, 150mg. I haven't been in touch with him since I increased it to 2.5. It was when I was taking 2 grains that he wanted me to reduce it to 1.75 but I was very underpowered. I am starting to realise that Armour didn't "do it for me" and have now purchased Thyroid S. There is a big difference in how I feel. I am taking 3 x 60mg tablets and can get through the day without a nap and I have almost enough energy to last me through my reasonably active life. Levo didn't work for me and I had a puffy face, brain fog, lack of energy and tiredness. These have now disappeared!! Once I have been on Thyroid S for about 6 weeks, I will get some bloods done at home and post the results on here for comment. I really appreciate the help and advice that this website gives to us all, I thank the Admin Team and all the members too :)

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The most important thing when taking thyroid hormone replacements is how we feel on a particular dose and with a particular replacement. We all vary and sometime we have to try more than one or two.

Many have found Thyroid S suitable and helped them.

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Thank you very much shaws for your kind advice. :)

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What on earth did he mean by an 'overload on your thyroid gland'? Sounds like he's one of these doctors that think that thyroid hormone replacement treats the thyroid. It doesn't. There is no treatment for the gland itself. Armour and the others just replace the hormone your thyroid can no-longer make. It may make your thyroid stop making what little hormone it's still capable of making, but it will do that whether you take it all in one go, or in several doses throughout the day. The only important thing is that you take it away from everything else - one hour before food or two hours after. So, I'm rather concerned when you say you take one dose at lunchtime. Does that mean with your lunch?

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Hello greygoose, thank you once again for answering another one of my questions. I agree with you and really am not sure if I will return to this Endo or not. As I have now changed to Thyroid S, he probably won't be very impressed having prescribed Armour. I only bought it through him twice before I bought it myself at less cost!! He did frighten me a bit with saying it would overload my thyroid, I assumed he meant that it could other problems, such as a heart attack, excuse my ignorance there. I have been told by doctors that they don't like to give you too much treatment (Thyroxin or NDT) because of the affect it can have on your heart????? Anyway greygoose, to reply to your other question, I take Thyroid S on or just before12 mid-day and then have lunch at 1pm+ so I leave at least an hour. I take my early ones at about 5am but I don't eat breakfast anyway but I do like a decaffinated coffee so I am safe to do that at about 8am. Thank you very much for your help :)

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Well, nobody's asking for 'too much' hormone, just enough to make us well. Obviously, if we took too much, there would be consequences - but so will there be if we don't take enough. The question is, how much is too much. For a doctor, it's usually when the TSH goes below range. But this is completely false. The TSH can go as low as it likes, it's irrelevant. Too much is actually when your FT3 goes over-range, basically. But, as they don't even test the FT3, how on earth are they supposed to know when you're taking to much? The whole situation is a travesty of medicine, I'm afraid.

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Thank you greygoose. I will do some blood tests through BH in due course and post them on here for comment. This next comment is not aimed at you, just at the Endo...I am a sensible person and will only take what I need to feel well. I would rather be on no tablets but that isn't an option. I know he was looking at the TSH. It is nice that he offered concern but I will listen to my body, I have spent a long time feeling rough, as have many dear ladies on this site. All we want is our life back isn't it. :)

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I'm afraid they learnt in med school that all patients are idiots. Even when a doctor becomes a patient, he is still treated like an idiot. Add to that the inadequate training they receive in thyroid - even endos! They're mainly diabetes specialists - and you have a recipe for disaster. Which is why so many of us self-treat.

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It seems to be highly individual...I take Thyroid-S, take it all in one single dose upon waking, about an hour before having breakfast. I have tried splitting the dose but felt no difference...if anything, slightly worse. But others do better when they multi dose NDT. So it's really about trial and error.

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Thank you for your advice anna69, I appreciate it.

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Hi I take the same NDT. I take 1.1/2 grains at 6am and another 1 grain at around 2.30pm.

Well away from food or any other supplements. i.e. 2.5 per day.

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Thank you very much for your message Bunnyjean. :)

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Hi. I started taking it less than two weeks ago. I took 2 grains all at once to start with. I felt like a Spaceman! The T3 in it was to much for my system. I'm now taking 1/2 a grain in the morning and half in the afternoon. T3 doesn't last long in our bodies, so many people multi dose. I feel great on my regime. I know I'll need to up my intake, in a few weeks, but all the advice I've had, is to gradually increase.

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Hi Print1972, thank you for your reply. I seem to need a fair bit of energy to run my body. I do have a horse to muck out every morning and there are several other duties, all physical, which goes with that. I also walk a sheepdog every day. My house takes a fair bit of keeping clean so I may hoover through. I don't seem to sit down very much at all. I guess I keep using up the fuel that I put in. I was on Armour before that and it helped but so far, Thyroid S is better and I have more oomph. I still needed a doze every afternoon on Armour, so far, I haven't needed one on Thyroid S. I have been on it about a week. I have done more in a day the last few days than I have done in ages. I hope you will be happy on Thyroid S and that you will feel so much better :)

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I've been taking Thyroid S for a while now and it has really improved my life. I take all of mine in the morning. I tried splitting the dose, but it was too difficult for me with meals and supplements. I don't seem to be having any issues with taking it all at once. I was also on Armour, but when my doctor refused to increase my dose in spite of persistent symptoms and unimpressive numbers, I just had to do something. It's turned out to be one of my best decisions. I'm so grateful for this site which gave me the information - and the courage - to take that step towards making my life livable (in spite of doctors). Best wishes to you and I hope you have great success with it too!

Heather

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Good Morning HeatherD45, thank you for your message. Such a lovely story, in the end, I mean. I really am pleased to hear that you have had so much success with Thiroyd S! I am very hopeful that I will be the same. Your story sounds quite a bit like mine. Many years of fighting with doctors who didn't understand/wish to take it on board!! It does take courage to make that step to self medicate, it has taken me a bit of time to do it too. I feel, like you, that there is so much help, advice and support on this site, from people who have a wealth of knowledge and experience, at last, isn't it is wonderful to know that our symptoms and problems are understood and we are then "directed into the light". Wishing you all the very best for a happy and comfortable life :) xx

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