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Endo appointment, need advice please


Hi, I am seeing an Endo and am feeling confused about whether or not he is permitted to prescribe T3? I have read so much about this I have confused myself! I wanted to search on British Thyroid Association for latest updates but the site seems to be down.

Could anyone tell me what information would be relevant to help me? I would like to print out and take with me to help the discussion and keep focused. My main objective is to ask if he will consider testing my T3 levels or start me on a trial with T3. With so much saying T3 is being withdrawn is it even worth my asking? Thank you so much for any help.

Edited to correct

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I would have my thyroid levels done privately to ensure the correct tests are done BEFORE seeing the Endo - so you can then discuss from an informed point of view.


Endocrinologists can prescribe T3 - whether or not they will seems to be a matter of their personal inclination or clinical judgment.

Are you seeing an endocrinologist that is known to be T3 friendly? (List from Thyroid UK?)

Current bloods, TSH, T3 & T4 at the least will be needed, along with any previous ones. May be useful to list all your symptoms and rate them 1-10 for severity. Dont go in all guns blazing, be calm and firm if needed. Good luck x

He can prescribe it if he wants to. He could also prescribe NDT if he wanted to, he would just need to take responsibility for your treatment.


Definitely get bloods first if possible

For full evaluation you need TSH, FT4, FT3, TT4, TPO and TG antibodies, plus vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12 tested

If you can't get full thyroid and vitamin testing from GP


Medichecks Thyroid plus ultra vitamin or Blue Horizon Thyroid plus eleven are the most popular choice. DIY finger prick test or option to pay extra for private blood draw. Both companies often have money off offers.

All thyroid tests should be done as early as possible in morning and fasting and don't take Levo in the 24 hours prior to test, delay and take straight after. This gives highest TSH and most consistent results


Strictly speaking any doctor can prescribe T3 but some won't because their CCG or health authority has banned it or they don't personally see any benefit in it.

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