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Took iodine with my Levo and feel terrible

I was eager to start supplementing my thyroid with vitamins as all blood tests showed either low iron, or vit D or folate,

As I was gaining lots f weight even though exercising and carb cycling, i thought iodine would help.

i feel awful now, i have stopped taking them a week ago but have not got any better and really worried, i was only taking them for about 2 weeks but realised i was taking 800ml per day but following recommended dose.

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Sampantha2005,

Iodine used to be used to reduce hyperthyroid levels so taking it has probably lowered your FT4 and FT3 and raised TSH. If you stopped taking it a week ago I should think your thyroid levels will recover in another week or so.

What are your iron, vitD and folate results and ranges and how much are you supplementing?

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Hi, when supplementing with iodine you need to follow a protocol with other vitamins and minerals too. There's lots of information here:

healyourselfathome.com/how/...

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Do you have Hashimoto's disease (autoimmune hypothyroidism)? In that case, iodine may make you feel worse. I have never been able to take iodine in any form since being diagnosed with Hashimoto's 17 years ago. After a few days, it makes my throat hurt and I feel less well overall (like I'm coming down with the flu). I read that iodine can worsen the autoimmune attack in patients with Hashimoto's, and that seems to happen to me. I now avoid anything containing iodine. It's even included in some products for adrenal fatigue, so I need to carefully read all labels before using any supplements. It's not always called iodine; sometimes, it's called kelp...

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Thanks, yes i definitely felt like Anna sore, throat blocked nose, tired, and i can feel the beginning of recovery now.

thanks for the information, i will be more careful, i just wanted to try and improve my weight, hitting the gym, 3/4 times per week doing classes, carb cycling and not losing weight

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