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Advice on T3 please


Hi all

I haven't posted on her for a while but always read the posts as I find it so interesting. I have been researching the possibility of trying some T3 and was wondering if you can buy it over the counter in Zante, Greece (I am going there for a wedding). My GP is not very knowledgeable but I am also thinking of asking her for a private prescription of T3 so I can get some from Germany .

I have Hashis my last results were FT3 3.68 - (3.1- 6.8) so don't think I am converting very well, FT4 18.50 (12.0 - 22.0), TSH 1.09 (027 - 4.20). I am on 125 mcg of Levo, I also have PA so have B12 every 10 weeks, iron and folate on prescription. I am always tired, my neck is sore and never loose weight no matter how hard I try. Like most others I feel generally yuk!

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Latest confirmation within the last couple of weeks, from established members of the forum, is that Greece and the islands require a prescription for T3 even from local residents and supply is limited to 1 or 2 boxes at a time. There may be the odd pharmacy somewhere who will let you buy a box over the counter. It is no longer freely available as before.

Please be aware that anyone who says it is widely available, there is no shortage, etc, is less than truthful.

If anyone sends you a PM with a supplier, as a precaution you may wish to contact one of the Admin Team to ensure any information you have been sent is for a genuine supplier.

I agree that your latest results do suggest that you may benefit from the addition of T3 to your Levo. I hope your GP is agreeable to a private prescription.

Thank you so much for you advice I really do appreciate it. I will ask my GP if she can give me a prescription fingers crossed!!

Apologies if you already know this, but, are you leaving 4 hours between taking your iron supplement and your thyroid meds? If not, that could be why you don't feel better.

Victoria1990 in reply to thyr01d

Hi yes I always leave at least 4 hours between Levo and iron 😊


As you have Hashimoto's and PA have you had folate ferritin and vitamin D tested?

Add results and ranges if you have them plus what supplements you take

Recommended on here to take good quality daily vitamin B complex one with folate in, when also on B12 injections

If you are taking vitamin B complex, or any supplements containing biotin, remember to stop these 3-5 days before any blood tests, as biotin can falsely affect test results

As you have Hashimoto's are you on strictly gluten free diet? Or tried it

According to Izabella Wentz the Thyroid Pharmacist approx 5% with Hashimoto's are coeliac, but over 80% find gluten free diet helps significantly. Either due to direct gluten intolerance (no test available) or due to leaky gut and gluten causing molecular mimicry (see Amy Myers link)

Changing to a strictly gluten free diet may help reduce symptoms, help gut heal and slowly lower TPO antibodies

Ideally ask GP for coeliac blood test first

Hi SlowDragon

I take 5mg Folic Acid daily, 210mg ferrous Fumarate twice daily on prescription and Vit D. I have been gluten free since January, I’m not celiac but have gluten sensitivity and IBS. I’m vegetarian and stay away from soya. I take regular exercise when I can.

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