I have been taking 150 micro grams of Synthroid for over ten years now. I have lost my health insurance and stopped taking it almost 2months now. Anyone know what's in store for Me? I really don't like the fact that I have to take a pill a day for the rest of my life. I am tired more then usual skin dry and sometimes find it hard to think and concentrate leg cramps etc. But so far nothing I can't handle.
That's a pretty good amount of Synthroid to just stop. If you are on thyroid meds, you have to stay on it!! There, I'm done scolding. :)
I had let my thyroid meds run out at one time. I had pretty normal readings, but I would get a goiter (yuck), tired, and didn't feel well. Doc thought that was okay. I went to Mexico and got generic and refilled it to what it was at a previous dose and I felt much better, this was many years ago. I never let it lapse since. No goiter, I also watch the numbers!
If you have symptoms already, you have to just understand that this is for life as I did. It doesn't heal itself but will more than likely continue to either stay the same or get worse as we age. That darn thyroid is a finicky thing. It's not that you can handle it, but it affects other systems in your body. You need thyroid stimulating hormone and enough of it. You don't really want a goiter, it doesn't feel nice and it's not attractive!
You can get the generic at most of the big box stores now for around $4 a month or $10 for 3 months, just get it for 3 months. Even if you can't pay to see your doc, you might be able to get your thyroid tested without going in, just call the doc. They can order labs. That's what I do if I'm lazy or don't need to see the doc except to just have my thyroid tested. I also ask to see the numbers and monitor it myself. They don't always monitor it properly.
Sometimes the generic version (Levothyroxine) needs some tweaking. Some do have problems due to generic issues, but at least you will be on it.
If you needed Synthroid for so long, once you stop taking it gradually you will experience more symptoms of hypothyroidism. With low thyroid hormone levels other hormone levels will also be affected.
Please see symptoms of hypothyroidism in the link below.
- Synthroid Information for Consumers
- Synthroid Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Synthroid (detailed)
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