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Wow, that's kind of a hard question to answer without a bit more detail, but I'll do my best and you can ask me more if I don't tell you what you want to know, ok?
I first started taking it several years ago when I was diagnosed with underactive thyroid. Admittedly it seemed to take forever before they got me within normal range (over a year). Over the next couple of years I had large parts of my thyroid (for lack of a better description) die off very quickly. So even after I got within normal range the first time, my dose had to be changed every 30-60 days for a long time. But I did find that after my tsh was in range the first time, I no longer was losing my hair at such a fast rate. Nor was it as dry and straw-like. To be honest, that straw-like thing could have had something to do with an unfortunate choice of perming on my part, but I'd prefer to blame it on my thyroid! At any rate, I'm now at 224mcgs of levothyroxine daily and have been for a little over 1 1/2 years now. I'm due at my endo dr next month, so we'll see.
The hair loss is pretty much at a normal rate, except it does worsen in times of stress. I'm afraid the dry, alligator skin is mine forever. I could bathe in a vat of moisturizer and come out scaly in an hour! My tiredness has improved to a degree, but is affected by other physical ailments I suffer, so I'm not sure what to tell you there. My best piece of advice to give you is to have a really good endocrinologist on board with you. One that will listen and not stick you with a needle and run you out the door. I fired my first one. And complained loudly and with enough conviction that the group of pcp doctors I go to will never refer another patient to him! I have bloodwork done every 90 days due to some other medication I take and keep an eye on my tsh levels that way. But don't be shy about asking for lab work to be done if you feel that things aren't right. All in all I think the medication has helped me enormously. I'm not sure if I've answered your questions or not. If you have something specific you'd like to ask, feel free. That's what I'm here for! :)
First get yourself an Endocronogist. They know all about the endocrine system. Every time the Endo changes your levels of Synthroid you need a blood test done around 6-8 weeks, that's why it can take awhile before your levels are fine. I was hypothyroid in 2007 and we had trouble leveling myself. But I think it is because I had cancer in a nodule on my thyroid. Most people will level out in time. I had a thyroidectocmy and am still on Synthroid and am levels out now.
Good luck and take care,
Hello. I too had my thyroid out and it did take time to adjust the med. once in a while it needs to adjust again if you are taking other meds or your health changes. As Smilehappy said, if you are suddenly sleeping to much or too little, if changes are occurring, contact the endocrinologist.
Hair loss is no different as one has after a pregnancy.the hair stops growing for a period until you adjust for the hair that had already matured. So this is only a small fraction of your head. When rebalanced the switch turns back on and the hair comes back. This is not a process of balding. Hair does this naturally every seven years anyway.
Be sure to take properly. First thing in the morning. 1/2 hour before you eat or drink anything. Use a full glass of water to swallow the pill. The stomach has to be empty so that is why it is in the morning. Changing it, some people do coffee, will cause poorer absorption and will create highs and
Lows with the med.
Finally never stop the med unless your doctor tells you to do so. That is it. Lots of difference of opinion which brand to take. Start with what you have and see how it goes. It will,take a good year to fully adjust the dose. This is a common condition and well known. Now, what are your other questions and have you checked the Mayo website, etc?
- Levothyroxine Information for Consumers
- Levothyroxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Levothyroxine (detailed)
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