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Is it impossible to buy T3 at a reasonable price in the UK?

Currently taking Levothyroxine and want to add T3. I can get a private prescription but have been looking at the cost of T3 in the UK and it seems astronomical! Can anyone advise or private message me. Do I need to go to another country in the EU to purchase it at a reasonable price? I sometimes work in Spain and have friends who live there - can I get it there? Thank you.

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SLC76,

Cost of T3 is astronomical in the UK. It's a scandal how UK manufacturers charge £258+ for 28 x 20mcg when 100 x 25mcg is less than €4 in Turkey and around €6 in France.

Ask your friends to find out whether Liotironina is available with prescription and if it is to check whether it is 25mcg and whether it is sold in packs of 100 or other sizes.

If you get a prescription for 100 x 20mcg Liothyronine you can buy Thybon T3 from versandapo.de/en/0/7498960/...

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That's fantastic! Thank you, Clutter :) Out of interest and in your experience as an administrator, would you advise adding T3 to levo or changing to NDT. I have Hashi's and currently on 150mcg Levo and have piled on the pounds and have little energy. Cannot decide the best option, one minute I am set on starting NDT and the next I read what someone else has said and think - No, I need T3! So hard because I just want to feel well as quickly as possible.

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SLC76,

T4+T3 suited me so I've never tried NDT. It would be easier to start by adding some T3 to Levothyroxine. Once T4+T3 doses are optimal you can easily switch to NDT later without the hassle of titrating Levothyroxine and NDT.

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That makes complete sense. How much T3 did you start on and how much did you end up on? Do you feel much better now? :)

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SLC76,

I was started on 3 x 20mcg T3 only the morning after thyroidectomy as I was waiting to have RAI when hospital quarantine was available.

I didn't do well on Levothyroxine only and am much better on T4+T3. Over the past 4 years I've been on Levothyroxine + 40mcgs, then 30mcgs and currently taking 25mcgs.

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Glad to hear you are much better - long may it last. I hope one day, I can say the same. Have a lovely evening.

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SLC76,

I hope you'll feel better soon :)

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Essential to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12 first.

These need to be at good levels FIRST before starting T3

As you have Hashimoto's are you already on strictly gluten free diet?

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Yes. Totally gluten free :)

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Good.

What about vitamin levels? Can you add results and ranges

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Hi SLC76, I would suggest starting on T4 + T3 first just for pragmatic reasons. You already have a prescription for Levo, and it sounds like you can get a prescription for T3, too. So you will stay completely inside the system, and have all the security that brings.

Also its good to work through each variation systematically. Many people do well on T4, so don't need to experiment. The simplest thing to try, if you don't, is to add some T3. This will help another large group of people, as it deals with conversion issues. Then the smallest number of people will have to have either T3 -only or NDT.

It's good to get the boxes ticked and try out each variation, because then you'll know you don't have to go back and try that one again.

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Hi - I added T3 to my levothyroxine (cutting down on the levothyroxine to compensate) about 18 months ago. For the last two months I have been on a slightly different dose and I am feeling my old self again.

If you do decide to add T3, start low and go slow, as they say!

I was taking 100mcg of levothyroxine so initially I dropped to 75mcg and added a quarter of a tablet of 25mcg of liothyronine (equivalent to just over 6mcg) sourced from Greece.

After about 6 weeks I upped it to a half a tablet of T3 (12 1/2mcg).

About three months ago I got all my levels tested and noticed that my T3 wasn't even half way through the range so I dropped my levothyroxine to 50mcg 6 days a week, missing out every Wednesday, and upped my T3 to one tablet daily (25mcg).

Bearing in mind that T3, as the active hormone, is meant to be three times as strong as levothyroxine, this added up to about the same overall but with more T3 and less T4 - if that makes any sense. As I said I am now feeling fantastic and I will re-test in a couple of weeks to check my levels of T3 and T4.

If you decide to go the T3/T4 combination route, get advice here on dosage.

By the way I got my T3 - a years' supply for about 20 euros in Greece - but I have been told that it is getting harder to buy over the counter without a prescription.

You might be able to get your prescription translated by a local doctor in any European country for a small fee.

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Really helpful information. So glad to hear you feel fantastic, I do hope I will be in a position to write something similar to someone else in the future. Appreciate your time.

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