Synthroid, anybody taken it?

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25mgs, wow, I alternate between 125 mg and 137 mg and never have any side effects. I've been taking Synthroid's generic version, reference above, for almost 7 years.
Originally Posted by CurlyinColorado
Do you mean micrograms (mcg) not milligrams (mg)?
I take mine in the morning and wait 30 minutes before eating and take any vitamins at night or at least 4 hours later.

When I first starting taking Synthroid 11 years ago (I take the generic now because my insurance decided to refuse to pay for brand after 8 years) my endocrinologist told me to wait an hour to eat, but I've seen 3 different endo's since then who all told me 30 minutes is sufficient, but all suggested taking it in the morning. I've never had any side effects like you mentioned. I also take Cytomel along with it.

My mother-in-law started taking it a few months ago and her Dr. told her none of this, just gave her samples and sent her on her way so I guess everyone gets different direction (or lack of).
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Thyroid meds need to be taken with water on an empty stomach. Do not eat or drink coffee/tea for 30-60 minutes. Do not take calcium, iron, magnesium for 4 hours per Suzy Cohen RPh.
A lot of people have trouble converting T4 to T3 for this reason many integrative medicine drs use Armour or add Cytomel to Synthroid (levothyroxine).
You'll want to address your adrenal glands too. Hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue typically go hand in hand. And since you have fibro, it's almost a given. treating my adrenals has been the biggest change for me and I'm still working on it.
The website www.stopthethyroidmadness.com is a plethora of info. I have a ton of info about adrenal fatigue too. Here's some info about the thyroid
Improve Your Thyroid Health
Originally Posted by crimsonshedemon
Damn you crimson! I thought I had this genius plan to take it right before bed, but my nighttime pills are craploads of magnesium (as are the morning), so that's shot all to hell. Guess I'm back to setting an alarm for early in the morning and then taking my morning pills 4 hours later.

I did take myself hence to the health food store and bought Dr. Teitelbaum's drink (nasty, kind of...I'd rather he developed a pill that had all that stuff in it than drink those vitamins) adrenal supplement , sleep supplements and a thyroid support supplement I'm pretty sure is his, but the packaging is different.

I've also been seeing a cervical chiropractor (mega bucks) who only adjusts the cervical part of your neck so your skull sits squarely on your spine. When I first went in, I was standing 38 lbs heavier on one side. After the second adjustment, I was only standing 2 pounds heavier on that side and that's normal because it's the side the liver is on. They also hook you up to what is called a bio-meridian machine that sends a gentle current through your body and determines how your body and organs are functioning, then give you supplements to help fix it as necessary. Sounds hokey, but I feel a lot better after 2 adjustments. They haven't done the bio-meridian on me yet. I'm scared of what they'll find.

I was having allergic reaction to the antibiotic, but stopped taking it. I'm still itchy as all get out and my face is a horrid mess of scaliness. I think it's a huge breakout of eczema or something. I can't get it to clear up. Doctor wanted to see me again to determine plan of attack, but I wasn't going to spend another $90 for an office visit for her to tell me to ride it out and take benedryl (which I'm technically not supposed to take).
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Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Did you check with your doctor about those? Those supplements could interact with your other medications, exacerbate your problems, or create new ones. If you're going to take them, please talk to your doctor about them, and look them up here.
I was having allergic reaction to the antibiotic, but stopped taking it.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
It's really, really bad to quit your antibiotic without starting a different one. You've killed off the weaker bacteria, and now the strongest bacteria are reproducing inside you. You could become even more sick than you were to begin with, and you're contributing to the rise of drug resistant bacteria. (Source 1, source 2, there's thousands of sources I could link to about this.)
Damn you crimson! I thought I had this genius plan to take it right before bed, but my nighttime pills are craploads of magnesium (as are the morning), so that's shot all to hell. Guess I'm back to setting an alarm for early in the morning and then taking my morning pills 4 hours later.

I did take myself hence to the health food store and bought Dr. Teitelbaum's drink (nasty, kind of...I'd rather he developed a pill that had all that stuff in it than drink those vitamins) adrenal supplement , sleep supplements and a thyroid support supplement I'm pretty sure is his, but the packaging is different.

I've also been seeing a cervical chiropractor (mega bucks) who only adjusts the cervical part of your neck so your skull sits squarely on your spine. When I first went in, I was standing 38 lbs heavier on one side. After the second adjustment, I was only standing 2 pounds heavier on that side and that's normal because it's the side the liver is on. They also hook you up to what is called a bio-meridian machine that sends a gentle current through your body and determines how your body and organs are functioning, then give you supplements to help fix it as necessary. Sounds hokey, but I feel a lot better after 2 adjustments. They haven't done the bio-meridian on me yet. I'm scared of what they'll find.

I was having allergic reaction to the antibiotic, but stopped taking it. I'm still itchy as all get out and my face is a horrid mess of scaliness. I think it's a huge breakout of eczema or something. I can't get it to clear up. Doctor wanted to see me again to determine plan of attack, but I wasn't going to spend another $90 for an office visit for her to tell me to ride it out and take benedryl (which I'm technically not supposed to take).
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
LOL! Sorry! I take mine at 4am when my husband gets up. Or if i take it later, i set a reminder on my phone.
The nutrient powder- I know. I mix mine with vanilla whey protein powder, d-ribose, milk and frozen berries. I'm thinking about buying a capsule making machine so I can put it in capsules for days I dont want the shake. Dr T said he cant make the powder into capsules with less than 30 pills.
Dr T formulated the products with Enzymatic Therapy... they are a high grade suppIiers. I use his sleep formulas (sleep tonight and revitalizing sleep- they're good) and tried the Stress End but it wasnt enough for my adrenals. You definitely want to support your adrenals. Such a huge part of fibro ad few allopathic drs address it. Ali posted a ton of info last night on my fb group. I'm going to make a document out of it.
You have kidney problems right? Does it affect function becuz some kidney patients need to be careful with mineral intake but you still need mag so it's a balancing act. Morley Robbins and Dr Carolyn Dean answer questions in the fb group Magnesium Advocacy Group. Dr Dean is the author of The Magnesium Miracle. A great resource! Dr Dean just wrote this article http://www.naturalnews.com/038713_ki...nutrition.html

I haven't been to the chiro in such a long time... I really need to get back into it. 38lbs more on one side? That's crazy! Glad it helps you so much. I had a lot of spasms in my upper back before working up to a therapeutic dose of magnesium and I needed to go to the chiro constantly... I still have pain (I have cervical stenosis) which can always improve. I'm definitely going to look into this form of chiro.

Last edited by crimsonshedemon; 01-30-2013 at 07:43 PM.
bought Dr. Teitelbaum's drink, adrenal supplement, sleep supplements and a thyroid support supplement
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Did you check with your doctor about those? Those supplements could interact with your other medications, exacerbate your problems, or create new ones. If you're going to take them, please talk to your doctor about them, and look them up here.
I was having allergic reaction to the antibiotic, but stopped taking it.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
It's really, really bad to quit your antibiotic without starting a different one. You've killed off the weaker bacteria, and now the strongest bacteria are reproducing inside you. You could become even more sick than you were to begin with, and you're contributing to the rise of drug resistant bacteria. (Source 1, source 2, there's thousands of sources I could link to about this.)
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
I have run everything past my doctors and they're fine with the supplements. Actually encouraged me, which surprised me, coming from a doctor.

I stopped taking the antibiotics at the direction of the doctor. We discussed other options, but it (the antibiotic) wasn't doing anything (except give me a yeast infection) anyway, so she determined it was viral and it would just have to work it's way out of my system and gave me cough pearls or something to help with the coughing until everything is over.

Damn you crimson! I thought I had this genius plan to take it right before bed, but my nighttime pills are craploads of magnesium (as are the morning), so that's shot all to hell. Guess I'm back to setting an alarm for early in the morning and then taking my morning pills 4 hours later.

I did take myself hence to the health food store and bought Dr. Teitelbaum's drink (nasty, kind of...I'd rather he developed a pill that had all that stuff in it than drink those vitamins) adrenal supplement , sleep supplements and a thyroid support supplement I'm pretty sure is his, but the packaging is different.

I've also been seeing a cervical chiropractor (mega bucks) who only adjusts the cervical part of your neck so your skull sits squarely on your spine. When I first went in, I was standing 38 lbs heavier on one side. After the second adjustment, I was only standing 2 pounds heavier on that side and that's normal because it's the side the liver is on. They also hook you up to what is called a bio-meridian machine that sends a gentle current through your body and determines how your body and organs are functioning, then give you supplements to help fix it as necessary. Sounds hokey, but I feel a lot better after 2 adjustments. They haven't done the bio-meridian on me yet. I'm scared of what they'll find.

I was having allergic reaction to the antibiotic, but stopped taking it. I'm still itchy as all get out and my face is a horrid mess of scaliness. I think it's a huge breakout of eczema or something. I can't get it to clear up. Doctor wanted to see me again to determine plan of attack, but I wasn't going to spend another $90 for an office visit for her to tell me to ride it out and take benedryl (which I'm technically not supposed to take).
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
LOL! Sorry! I take mine at 4am when my husband gets up. Or if i take it later, i set a reminder on my phone.
The nutrient powder- I know. I mix mine with vanilla whey protein powder, d-ribose, milk and frozen berries. I'm thinking about buying a capsule making machine so I can put it in capsules for days I dont want the shake. Dr T said he cant make the powder into capsules with less than 30 pills.
Dr T formulated the products with Enzymatic Therapy... they are a high grade suppIiers. I use his sleep formulas (sleep tonight and revitalizing sleep- they're good) and tried the Stress End but it wasnt enough for my adrenals. You definitely want to support your adrenals. Such a huge part of fibro ad few allopathic drs address it. Ali posted a ton of info last night on my fb group. I'm going to make a document out of it.
You have kidney problems right? Does it affect function becuz some kidney patients need to be careful with mineral intake but you still need mag so it's a balancing act. Morley Robbins and Dr Carolyn Dean answer questions in the fb group Magnesium Advocacy Group. Dr Dean is the author of The Magnesium Miracle. A great resource! Dr Dean just wrote this article Kidney disease requires magnesium

I haven't been to the chiro in such a long time... I really need to get back into it. 38lbs more on one side? That's crazy! Glad it helps you so much. I had a lot of spasms in my upper back before working up to a therapeutic dose of magnesium and I needed to go to the chiro constantly... I still have pain (I have cervical stenosis) which can always improve. I'm definitely going to look into this form of chiro.
Originally Posted by crimsonshedemon
The thyroid one that isn't packaged like all the other supplements is made by that supplier, so that's why I tend to think it might be the same and they just changed packaging or something.

I do have kidney issues, but they're working well enough that the nephrologist said to live life like I normally would. I ran all the supplements by him just in case and he said they were fine with my kidney function at the level it is now.

The nutrient powder isn't too shabby with grapefruit juice or pomegranate juice (Costco rocks...they have huge bottles of both of them), or both mixed together with the nutrient powder. It just gets so foamy and blech.

I paid mega bucks for the chiropractor, but I feel like it was money well spent. $500 or $550 for the first visit, $75 for every visit after that. Apparently there are only 18 doctor's that do what he does (called NUCCA NUCCA - National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). Anyway, even though I don't necessarily feel better physically with aches and pains, my body acts better. My hips actually sway while I walk again. I'm not afraid of falling off my heels and can walk as normal in heels as I can in tennis shoes, maybe better. And I do have more energy. I don't automatically crawl into bed right after getting home from work anymore. Here is my chiropractor's website. He's kind of arrogant, but with results like he's given me, I guess he has a right to be.
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No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
The thyroid one that isn't packaged like all the other supplements is made by that supplier, so that's why I tend to think it might be the same and they just changed packaging or something.

I do have kidney issues, but they're working well enough that the nephrologist said to live life like I normally would. I ran all the supplements by him just in case and he said they were fine with my kidney function at the level it is now.

The nutrient powder isn't too shabby with grapefruit juice or pomegranate juice (Costco rocks...they have huge bottles of both of them), or both mixed together with the nutrient powder. It just gets so foamy and blech.

I paid mega bucks for the chiropractor, but I feel like it was money well spent. $500 or $550 for the first visit, $75 for every visit after that. Apparently there are only 18 doctor's that do what he does (called NUCCA NUCCA - National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). Anyway, even though I don't necessarily feel better physically with aches and pains, my body acts better. My hips actually sway while I walk again. I'm not afraid of falling off my heels and can walk as normal in heels as I can in tennis shoes, maybe better. And I do have more energy. I don't automatically crawl into bed right after getting home from work anymore. Here is my chiropractor's website. He's kind of arrogant, but with results like he's given me, I guess he has a right to be.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Do you take your meds with grapefruit juice?
I can't take the nutrient powder as a drink... it's a texture thing for me.

Wow that's a pricey chiro. I pay so much in medical bills plus supplements. Wonder if my insurance would pay for it. That's great it's helped you so much!
The thyroid one that isn't packaged like all the other supplements is made by that supplier, so that's why I tend to think it might be the same and they just changed packaging or something.

I do have kidney issues, but they're working well enough that the nephrologist said to live life like I normally would. I ran all the supplements by him just in case and he said they were fine with my kidney function at the level it is now.

The nutrient powder isn't too shabby with grapefruit juice or pomegranate juice (Costco rocks...they have huge bottles of both of them), or both mixed together with the nutrient powder. It just gets so foamy and blech.

I paid mega bucks for the chiropractor, but I feel like it was money well spent. $500 or $550 for the first visit, $75 for every visit after that. Apparently there are only 18 doctor's that do what he does (called NUCCA NUCCA - National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). Anyway, even though I don't necessarily feel better physically with aches and pains, my body acts better. My hips actually sway while I walk again. I'm not afraid of falling off my heels and can walk as normal in heels as I can in tennis shoes, maybe better. And I do have more energy. I don't automatically crawl into bed right after getting home from work anymore. Here is my chiropractor's website. He's kind of arrogant, but with results like he's given me, I guess he has a right to be.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Do you take your meds with grapefruit juice?
I can't take the nutrient powder as a drink... it's a texture thing for me.

Wow that's a pricey chiro. I pay so much in medical bills plus supplements. Wonder if my insurance would pay for it. That's great it's helped you so much!
Originally Posted by crimsonshedemon
I do not take my meds with grapefruit juice, but none of them have the grapefruit juice warning, anyway, so it wouldn't be a huge deal. I drink the nutrient drink mid-morning (except I haven't taken it this whole week...I need to bring in batteries for my new protein shake mixer) and my pills usually 2 hours after. The texture is almost too bad for me, but if I blend it up and hurry and drink it, I can make it. Barely.

I can file the $ paid for the chiro to my insurance as an out of network doctor, so they'll pay a portion...I just have to do the pwk myself and submit it to my insurance company. I can get reimbursed for supplements through my FSA plan, but it's not worth it for me right now. Maybe if there's still money on the card at the end of the year, I'll try for reimbursement on the supplements.
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
I have run everything past my doctors and they're fine with the supplements.

I stopped taking the antibiotics at the direction of the doctor.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Ah, ok
So should I be asking my doctor for a rx of Cytomel? Maybe then I'd feel a difference.

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So should I be asking my doctor for a rx of Cytomel? Maybe then I'd feel a difference.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Or Armour which is T3/T4. It can take months of taking it the right way to notice a difference. A lot of drs believe T4 is more than sufficient but many patients know the difference. www.stopthethyroidmadness.com is a great resource.
But you also have to treat the adrenal fatigue- hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue almost always go together. Treating my adrenals made the biggest change for me. My dr is very integrative so he understands this connection... most allopathic drs don't so the patient suffers for years.
I use rhodiola, 7keto dhea, ashwagandha along with nutrients like vit c, vit e, l-tyrosine, magnesium and b vitamins.
Have you taken the energy analysis? http://energyanalysisprogram.com/
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My Dr. in CT tried me on Armour which I was very excited about, but it didn't work me. It made me have extreme insomnia and rapid heart beat which really sucked because my energy level vastly improved and there was another area of my personal life (hehe) that also improved. I was so very sad because those improvements are two of my major complaints in how crappy I feel all the time.
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I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
The thyroid one that isn't packaged like all the other supplements is made by that supplier, so that's why I tend to think it might be the same and they just changed packaging or something.

I do have kidney issues, but they're working well enough that the nephrologist said to live life like I normally would. I ran all the supplements by him just in case and he said they were fine with my kidney function at the level it is now.

The nutrient powder isn't too shabby with grapefruit juice or pomegranate juice (Costco rocks...they have huge bottles of both of them), or both mixed together with the nutrient powder. It just gets so foamy and blech.

I paid mega bucks for the chiropractor, but I feel like it was money well spent. $500 or $550 for the first visit, $75 for every visit after that. Apparently there are only 18 doctor's that do what he does (called NUCCA NUCCA - National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). Anyway, even though I don't necessarily feel better physically with aches and pains, my body acts better. My hips actually sway while I walk again. I'm not afraid of falling off my heels and can walk as normal in heels as I can in tennis shoes, maybe better. And I do have more energy. I don't automatically crawl into bed right after getting home from work anymore. Here is my chiropractor's website. He's kind of arrogant, but with results like he's given me, I guess he has a right to be.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Do you take your meds with grapefruit juice?
I can't take the nutrient powder as a drink... it's a texture thing for me.

Wow that's a pricey chiro. I pay so much in medical bills plus supplements. Wonder if my insurance would pay for it. That's great it's helped you so much!
Originally Posted by crimsonshedemon
I do not take my meds with grapefruit juice, but none of them have the grapefruit juice warning, anyway, so it wouldn't be a huge deal. I drink the nutrient drink mid-morning (except I haven't taken it this whole week...I need to bring in batteries for my new protein shake mixer) and my pills usually 2 hours after. The texture is almost too bad for me, but if I blend it up and hurry and drink it, I can make it. Barely.

I can file the $ paid for the chiro to my insurance as an out of network doctor, so they'll pay a portion...I just have to do the pwk myself and submit it to my insurance company. I can get reimbursed for supplements through my FSA plan, but it's not worth it for me right now. Maybe if there's still money on the card at the end of the year, I'll try for reimbursement on the supplements.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Suzy Cohen's book Drug Muggers contains a large section of interactions between food/drink and medications. So many potential interactions more than what we ever get on a warning label.
Did you see the new fsa rules? Iirc, for 2013, all FSA reimbursements will need a prescription even supplements, otc meds, etc. The yearly max is 2500$ now too. I'm not even going to bother with it. Such a pain.

I just bought a capsule filler to put the nutrient powder in. I'm tired of making the shakes so I'll have this option now.

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