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User Reviews for Cytomel to treat Underactive Thyroid

Cytomel has an average rating of 6.9 out of 10 from a total of 31 ratings for the treatment of Underactive Thyroid. 65% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 32% reported a negative effect.

Cytomel Rating Summary

6.9/10 average rating

31 ratings from 33 user reviews.

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Reviews for Cytomel

Mich February 23, 2014

“I suffered for 5 years with Anxiety and Depression. I tried many, many antidepressants. Nothing worked. My T3 levels were very low but my TSH was only slightly high. One doctor treated me with Synthroid but I had no changes. I saw many doctors including an endocrinologist that told me that nothing was wrong with my thyroid. After spending many hours online looking for answers, I found an endocrinologist that said he would try treating me with Cytomel. Within a day I felt AMAZING! It was like someone put new batteries in my body! I am finally able to be happy and live life again! Truly a Miracle!”

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HW2583 · Taken for less than 1 month March 2, 2021

“1st day of taking this medication and I feel amazing. I have been on Synthroid (levothyroxine) for 15 years. I finally broke down and asked my Endocrinologist if I would ever have a life again. He decided to lower the Synthroid and add the Cytomel. My energy on the first day was astounding. Will update with any changes.”

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Ash RN October 3, 2013

“I was on Synthroid only for 8 years after being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism . My dose was changed many times over that time frame by 4 different Endocrinologists but I still felt bad, weight gain, fogginess, depression, chronic fatigue you name it. 6 weeks ago I was put on 10 mcg of Cytomel by a new doc that I am seeing a 100 miles from my home town and I am happy to say for the first time in 8 years I have relief from my symptoms. I have lost 10 pounds in 6 weeks. I am happy not in a fog anymore and I have energy to enjoy life once again. The Cytomel made all the difference. ”

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Anonymous November 2, 2010

“My doctor and I tried every T4 medication out there, and although I felt better I still wasn't right. After 2 years he switched me to Cytomel and I immediately knew I had found the solution. All the hypo symptoms disappeared - constipation, depression, weight gain and exhaustion. My cholesterol dropped to 140... in fact, all my blood work is excellent. It's very discouraging to know you're doing everything right - diet, exercise, sleep - and not only do your lab numbers not respond, but doctors tend to think you're not telling them the truth. Finally found a doctor that believed me; finally found the right medication. Life is good!”

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Tammy · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 20, 2018

“I am so angry at every doctor that told me my TSH and T4 were normal and I was fine. After many years I switched doctors and the new doc was the first one that tested T3, mine was very low so I started taking cytomel and am feeling great! All those wasted years I could cry.”

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Cher · Taken for less than 1 month June 18, 2020

“Synthroid is the problem most of you have, not the Cytomel. Medical school materials were furnished and influenced by Big Pharma to keep us sick and depending on their harmful drugs. If you develop joint and bone and swelling pain. Insist your dr. tries you on T3 only starting at 1/2 of 5mcg and increase to 5mcg and if needed continue in small dosages until you're feeling normal again. No need to be on T4. Doctor's don't need to go by your t4 blood levels, they need to go by your t3 and how you're feeling. Not everyone is the same in body weight, height, immune system, etc. Eventually if you want to heal from thyroids meds you need to see a Naturopath doctor that will treat your liver toxicity!”

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Kathy June 4, 2020

“I took Armour Thyroid for a few years felt ok but still gaining weight and not much energy. Then I was switched to levothyroxine and felt about the same. Then added 2x 5 mcg of Cytomel. It literally knocked me out for hours after taking the first two days. Then when I woke up it was like somebody turned the lights on in the room. Everything seemed clearer and I could think straighter again. I love the stuff. I take 1 2x day 6 hours apart.”

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A Complicated Patient · Taken for less than 1 month March 15, 2015

“Synthroid by itself was not effective. It is of great interest to me that so many other people have had the experience of being told by a physician that everything is fine while everything was, decidedly, NOT FINE! (making long story short due to length restriction. Details need space.) Large dosage of Synthroid ineffective, nurse practitioner certain nothing wrong, physician A dosage is ok but maybe a small bump, small effect for short period then return to prebump effect, concerned that observation due to psychological rather than physiological waited, physician B does further workup, physician B sees most of Syntroid dosage going to reverse T3 (physiologically ineffective) adds Cytomel, the improvement was immediate; not psych.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 10 years or more July 13, 2018

“I took Synthroid for several years and kept telling doctors that I didn't feel good. I kept gaining weight, my joints hurt and I had no energy. More than one doctor told me I didn't have a problem, that it was all in my head and that nothing was wrong with me. After my second child, I have figured out that it was the medicine and weaned myself off of it. With a TSH of 72 I lost 60 pounds, my joint pain went away and my energy came back. A wonderful OBGYN found out about me and my TSH score when I got pregnant with my third child. He was smart enough to talk me into trying T3 Cytomel. It has been a God send. I have taken it faithfully for 20 years and would not miss a single dose. I can't live without it.”

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Anonymous August 11, 2009

“Adding 10mcg of Cytomel to my T4 medicine was just what my body needed to clear up those lingering hypothyroid symptoms that just wouldn't go away, no matter how good my lab numbers looked or other healthy habits I developed. Doctors seem really hesitant to prescribe it, but if you're hypothyroid and T4 alone isn't working, your body just might need some T3.”

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Jo · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 26, 2019

“I have been hashimoto thyroiditis and had my TSH get up to 55.2. I was being treated with synthroid and got up to 100mcg. I was not converting the T4 to T3, so I asked for cytomel. It took a bit to get the correct dosage, but this hormone gave me back my life.”

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LittleDove32 May 28, 2017

“Cytomel is making my brain work so much better again! I tried it several years ago and it made me me jittery, I felt like I had a huge amount of caffeine in me.... not this time! I'm in peri menopause and I understand the estrogen dominance can be a thyroid hormone antagonist, making it difficult to convert. Cytomel has helped me feel almost entirely back to normal and I have the energy to exercise again!”

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Bev7113 · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 11, 2016

“I have had hypothyroidism for over twenty years now. Took high levels of Synthroid for years and felt ok but not perfect. Started Cytomel 3 years ago, regulated dosage until it was just right. It takes a little time to regulate it to your exact dosage but be patient, it's worth it.”

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Courtneyg · Taken for 6 months to 1 year January 18, 2020

“Hashimotos patient. Take 88mcg of synthroid and took 5 McG of cytomel for almost a year. Felt better at first and then felt completely insane. Mood swings, anxiety, depression, rage, tachycardia and hand tremors. Sketchy stuff that. If you feel crazy, cut the cytomel before you get on or up your antidepressants.”

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ayahuasca · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 26, 2016

“Was treated with antidepressants and anti-psychotics for almost a year since the doctor's opinion was that my symptoms of weight gain, lack of energy, depression and dizziness were due to psychosis. Only after a year I was given a blood test and told that I have autoimmune disease. No longer take any antidepressants or anti-psychotics, only take 12.5 mcg in the morning. Can now sleep 8 instead of 14 hours a day, feel awake during the day, have energy and willingness to do things. Definitely helped with depression and anxiety. If only the blood test was performed earlier!”

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Aussie Shepherd · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 12, 2020

“Have been on synthroid and thyroid for years. Never felt completely well on either one of them. Thyroid levels have been up and down for the past 2 years and can never seem to have a good balance between t3 and t4. Endocrinologist reduced my synthroid and added Cytomel 2 times a day. Have been taking this almost 2 months and I am finally getting back some energy. My t3 and t4 levels are finally balancing out. I no longer have to take naps all day because I am tired. Muscle aches have subsided and feeling positive for the first time in a long time. I hope this continues.”

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Mell · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 9, 2020

“Have been using Cytomel since 6/2019. I take every day along with levothyroxine for 5 days a week! What a difference. Before I couldn't get out of bed in the mornings, could hardly function. Know my numbers look great and I feel like a different person.”

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jillianmarie83 February 25, 2015

“After being hypothyroid for many years and having good results on Synthroid and natural thyroid, it went on backorder for a few months and I had to switch to Cytomel. I felt immediate changes, more alert and a little more energy. However, after taking it for a few years, about 70% of my hair fell out (in clumps and I tried everything to stop the hair loss), and I've had chronic insomnia, huge appetite increase, higher blood pressure, anxiety attacks, hot flashes, etc. ”

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R · Taken for less than 1 month December 27, 2019

“Upon 5 days of taking Cytomel at a dose of 5 mcg per day, I had burning rashes on chest up to my ears. Was taken to ER 3x for tachycardia, heart failure, thyroid failure, sweating, confusion, arythmia, panic attacks, nausea, pain, twitching on left side of body and more. Thyroid failure continued after stopping medication still til today not recovered. It is 10 months after the fact and I have permanent damage. Tachycardia, nervous system, thyroid dysfunction, hair loss, excessive weight gain, 4 hrs of functionality per day at most. I lost the ability to work and function like a normal person at 43 years old. I cannot exercise nor do simple chores without raising heart rate excessively and blood pressure. I had perfect blood pressure and heart function prior to taking Cytomel.”

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Alexa1285 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 3, 2019

“My doctor recommended this since my symptoms weren't going away on levothyroxine alone. Worst year of my life. Mood swings and crippling anxiety. This drug made me completely irrational and the anxiety got so bad daily activities like driving my car would make my heart race and hands shake. Wish I could get that year of my life back.”

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Cypress February 26, 2021

“I self diagnosed that my body wasn’t converting my synthroid into T3, and an endocrinologist agreed. I tried reducing Synthroid and adding desiccated T3 first, felt great, but I broke out with acne. Cytomel has worked in giving me much more energy, I can get by on 7/8 hours sleep instead of needing 10! I had arm pain at first, which went away with altering the dosage, then some unexplained abdominal pain, that disappeared. I am very happy with cytomels effects in giving me more energy! I used to need to take a cat nap at work to get through the day!”

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KS555 August 17, 2018

“Glad this med has helped some, but for me it was a four-year nightmare. The anxiety was horrendous. As in disabling. Sweating, temper was on a hair trigger, hot flushing on my back, (TSH around 0). Even went into the hospital for two days to have my heart checked out, which was fine. I started noticing I would feel more normal each time the med dose was missed. Started coming down 1/4 pill at a time and each time it helped. Finally came down to 1/4 pill in addition to my 88 mcg Levo. I was exhausted by 11 am, and my TSH was 6, but at least I wasn't peeling myself off the ceiling and I was calm. Finally went off it entirely, and the anxiety, although not completely gone, was vastly improved. I upped my Levo to 100 mcg and felt dramatically better. It's in process now and I wish I had not wasted four years of my life on this med.”

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Solskind May 15, 2021

“Started Cytomel 5 mg about 8 days ago. As my t-3 was low. And just did not feel well I had hair loss , weight gain , major constipated, and very irritable, dry skin. I am hoping to feel better and be more regulated in many ways. I curious what everyone’s t-3 number were before starting .?? Cytomel. may be too soon for me to notice any change yet ? Thank you”

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The Selector November 11, 2019

“I've been on synthroid for 9 years now. I have been on a roller coaster ride the whole time with my dosage from 150mcg a day down to 125mcg always fluctuating depending on symptoms. Now I have just seen a new endocrinologist to try to have my thyroid removed due to large nodules and the hashimotos thyroiditis and all the non-stop issues stemming from the thyroid, so the new endo puts me on 5 mcg of cytomel and I have the opposite reaction from it, I had some tightness in chest, blurred vision and it knocked me out for near 7 hours after taking it the first and second dose of it the next day. Not really knowing if that's an adverse reaction from it but I stopped taking it, I don't understand how a medication that is supposed to reverse fatigue and boost my energy does the exact opposite. I am now currently take 137 mcg of synthroid and need to have the thyroid excised so the auto immune response will be lessened so I can be less symptomatic and have somewhat of a normal immune system.”

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Terrifying cardiac tachycardia December 6, 2015

“I was on Cytomel for a couple of years. Then my dose got increased along with my Synthroid medication dose. I began having tremors, heart palpitations and tachycardia. It was a terrifying experience! My symptoms almost entirely went away when going off this medication but, I feel as though my heart was dramatically affected and I don't know yet whether or not it was actually even damaged.”

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