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Change from Levo to Metavive

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Hi, please could i ask for your opinion. I wasnt doing well on Levo so my doctor suggested to change to Metavive ( ndt). I was taking 125 of Levo and he asked to drop levo by 25 and add 30mcg of Metavive every two weeks Iam on the second increase and feeling worse especially muscle ache and fatigue ( i had muscle aches on levo as well) . Is it normal to feel worse before feeling better? Should i drop levo quicker ? Dont want any build up of Rt3. I know that amount of t4/t3 is not stated on the bottle but he said that 30mcg capsule is equivalent to 1/2 grain. Dr P also seems to recommend Metavive.

Thank you 😊

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I wouldn't worry about rT3, if I were you. You will only 'build it up' if your FT4 is up the top of the range, and that's not really likely when you add T3 because the FT4 level will go down. Leave it as it is until your next test. See what level it is, then. :)

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Natalie55 in reply to greygoose

Thank you greygoose :) Iam still learning. Its all so complicated. But iam just wondering why Am I feeling worst now then when i was on levo? Is it that my body is adjusting or am i missing something?

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greygoose in reply to Natalie55

Your body is perhaps having a hard time getting used to the T3. If it has been low on T3 for a long time, it will have adapted to the situation. Now it has to adapt again. It's not always easy. And, that's why you shouldn't increase or decrease too fast. :)

Actually, if 30 mcg Metavive is really equal to 1/2 a grain - and I'm not saying it isn't, I don't know - then you would be increasing too quickly by increasing by 30 mcg every two weeks. With NDT, one usually increases by 1/4 grain every two weeks.

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Natalie55 in reply to greygoose

That make sense . If was to slow down with the metavive what do i do with levo. How do i reduce it and how fast? Thanks again :)

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greygoose in reply to Natalie55

Leave it as it is, for now. It's a low dose, it won't do any harm. I imagine you're a poor converter, anyway.

That's a very expensive change, If he wants you on NDT why doesn't he prescribe real NDT? Although there is some evidence that Metavive contains hormones, it can't be stated that it does or it would not be legal for sale OTC in the UK. It would be cheaper to buy Thai NDT.

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shawsAdministrator

I don't think Metavive is actually a Natural Dessicated Thyroid Hormone if you can buy it over-the-counter' in the UK.

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Serendipitious in reply to shaws

Shaws,

I’m not sure how can make that assertion. Just because the company havent officially declared the amount of T4 and T3 in the product doesn’t mean it is different from any other natural dessicated thyroid.

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shawsAdministrator in reply to Serendipitious

If it works for you and I hope it does you will feel much better. I see it is made from New Zealand Cows that Dr Lowe (Adviser to TUK before his death) also uses for his product.

the-natural-choice.co.uk/Me...

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