... the capsules as opposed to the hard tablets?
I switched from Synthroid 75, to compounded Armour about 1 month ago 45mg. After about 2 weeks I began to feel even more exhausted than I had been, and the slightest exertion left me unable to function for the rest of the day. I just had my dose increased today to 60 mg, and have learned that it takes your body about 2 weeks to get used to the med, and if your symptoms come back you should go up in the dose until symptoms go away. I hope this does the trick, because I am desperate for some energy!
Hello to All:
Sorry I haven't been monitoring this question lately, but my husband still needs my full attention.
I am now taking: Custom compounded T3 (27 mcg.) / T4 (114 mcg.) SR, in capsule form. ***MUST STILL TAKE IN THE MORNING ON AN EMPTY STOMACH, JUST LIKE WITH ARMOUR.
I also take compounded Progesterone SR 150 mg. caps at bedtime, to help me sleep and compounded DHEA (10 mg.) / Pregnenolone (50 mg.) SR caps in the morning. I take Delestrogen by injection once a month, as the estrogen patches do not absorb on me. (I had a complete hysterectomy in 1994)
I too have been on Hydrocortisone (MUCH safer than Prednisone or Dexamethasone), since 1993, for a Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency.
My docs have been able to lower my dose from a high of 30 mg./day down to the 5 mg. I am now taking. My current doc hopes to get me off of it completely.
I also take Nuvigil 250 mg. in the morning, to keep me up and going during the day; otherwise I would completely run out of steam--try to avoid either this or Provigil if you can, as they are both outrageously expensive--I have paid from $250.00 to $550.00 a month for 30 tablets!!
I also take: Soma, which is a muscle relaxant, to help me sleep at night, due to extreme neck and shoulder pain and Lisinopril-HCTZ for high BP. Finally, I have recently had to add in: Pantoprazole, Florastor and Welchol for my long term IBS (which has now gotten a lot worse!), and a very low dose of Lorazepam, for the long term, on-going, extreme stress that I am under, being a full time care-giver to my husband.
Until this situation came up with my husband 18 months ago, I was doing MUCH better on all of these compounded drugs. I am still holding my own--which is amazing with my long term adrenal insufficiency (which is GREATLY affected by on-going stress!).
My doc is WONDERFUL--- and he is NOT an Endo, but rather an Internist with an added specialty in FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE, which treats the WHOLE body--not just individual organs or diseases! He is constantly going to hormone conferences, to learn more and keep up to date on what is happening in the fields of auto-immune diseases and bio-identical HRT (both for women AND men!).
Good Luck to all of you!
Mary, the madhatter.
PS: to the 'other Mary': if you are still on this site, a big 'HELLO' to you, and I miss you greatly!!!
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