Synthroid, anybody taken it?

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So yeah, I've been sick for forever. Can't ever figure out what is going on. My family things I'm just being lazy and don't want to go into work, etc.

I finally went in to see my Dr. because I had this nasty gunk that is going around and wasn't getting better. She put me on antibiotics and gave me cough medicine. I went back in 5 days later because nothing had changed except the fact that I had gained 15 pounds in 5 days. That was *not* a good day when I stepped on the scale.

She gave me stronger antibiotics and something different for my cough. Then she had blood work done. When the lab work finally came back, it showed I had low thyroid function. And symptoms of low thyroid function are exactly the symptoms I've been experiencing before I got the cold.

She put me on Synthroid 25 mcg (?) and I must say I'm not a happy camper.

Has anybody taken this? What kind of side effects did you experience? How long did it take for the side effects to go away?

I've been looking online, but information I'm reading is totally conflicting and just confusing me.
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I've been taking synthroid for about 9 years with no side effects at all. I've had to change the dosage a couple times over the years when my bloodwork warranted it but mostly I just take it every day and never think about it otherwise.
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I'm on Levothyroxin, which is also a thyroid med. It takes about 6 weeks, but I felt so much better after I started taking it. I, too, just take one pill at night before bed and rarely think about it until I have to go every six months to check my blood.


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I've had the same experience as JeepCurlyGirl. and Springcurl. I had my thyroid removed 3&1/2 years ago and was put on Synthroid.

I take it every morning 1/2 hour before breakfast and never give it a thought. Perfectly fine for me and no side effects whatsoever. I get my blood checked once a year.

Do you trust this doctor? I hope you feel better soon!
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Last edited by curlypearl; 01-28-2013 at 02:29 PM.
Do you trust this doctor? I hope you feel better soon!
Originally Posted by curlypearl
I do trust my doctor and she wouldn't put me on a pill unless I needed it.

Well, hell. I was told to take the pill and not to eat for like 2 hours and don't take any pills like iron.

The problem I'm having is I think I'm experiencing some side effects and they're not pleasant. I know taking it will make me feel better, but I'm so hot (my face feels like it's glowing it's so hot), I'm nauseated and still feel generally sick, still. I know it takes a while to kick in, but with the hot flashes, I'm walking around in a swimsuit everywhere. And we got 6-8 inches of snow last night.
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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.
Do you trust this doctor? I hope you feel better soon!
Originally Posted by curlypearl
I do trust my doctor and she wouldn't put me on a pill unless I needed it.

Well, hell. I was told to take the pill and not to eat for like 2 hours and don't take any pills like iron.

The problem I'm having is I think I'm experiencing some side effects and they're not pleasant. I know taking it will make me feel better, but I'm so hot (my face feels like it's glowing it's so hot), I'm nauseated and still feel generally sick, still. I know it takes a while to kick in, but with the hot flashes, I'm walking around in a swimsuit everywhere. And we got 6-8 inches of snow last night.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
If you're experiencing side effects so soon it actually may not be the pill since it takes so long for it to be effective.

Some tips:

You're right, don't eat for at least two hours after, especially if you've had diary.

Don't take antacids because it can block the effectiveness.

I take mine at night because I'm REALLY hungry as soon as I wake up and I want to eat. I don't usually eat after 8 anyway so I take it right before i get into bed at midnight.


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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. I take it first thing in the morning.

I hated the thought that I was going to be taking a pill for the rest of life because you never know what the long term side effects will be, but without the meds there is a difference in hair, nails, skin, weight, etc. Check in with your dr. after 4 weeks and see if s/he's got you on the correct dosage.

I once double my dose on accident and felt light-headed, anxious and hot...

Hope all this helps.
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Sunshine Grrl, when you picked up your synthroid, the pharmacist should have given you an information sheet. Do you still have it? It would answer your questions. If you lost it, you could ask the pharmacy for a new one.

Nausea and feeling hot are normal side effects. If they persist or are severe, you should tell your doctor about them. Source - this provides a lot of information about levothyroxine, which is the generic name of synthroid. And this is a good resource about hypothyroidism. Since you're feeling so crummy, I think you should call your doctor. Also, if you can afford it, an endocrinologist is the best type of doctor for hypothyroidism.

The unit mcg = micrograms. It's a very tiny unit equal to 1 millionth of a gram.

My instructions are to take it after 5 hours of fasting and at least 30 minutes before eating, which usually means taking it half an hour before breakfast. I wonder why some of you guys received different instructions.

@ CurlyinColorado: 25 mcg is the starting dose. Did you happen to start at a higher dose?

(Edited to add the link about hypothyroidism.)
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Last edited by Eilonwy; 01-28-2013 at 08:47 PM.
My instructions are to take it after 5 hours of fasting and at least 30 minutes before eating, which usually means taking it half an hour before breakfast.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
Calcium interferes with absorption. My bottle says wait one hour after eating, I prefer to take it at night so that I don't have to wait at all. I MUST break my fast ASAP.


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My instructions are to take it after 5 hours of fasting and at least 30 minutes before eating, which usually means taking it half an hour before breakfast.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
Calcium interferes with absorption. My bottle says wait one hour after eating, I prefer to take it at night so that I don't have to wait at all. I MUST break my fast ASAP.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
Yeah, I'm also not supposed to have calcium either, and 30 min is the bare minimum. Btw, I didn't mean that you're doing it wrong, just that it's interesting we got different instructions.
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I also take mine first thing in the morning, wait at least a half hour to eat then another half hour before I take all my vitamins and other supplements.
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I've taken Levathyroid for 10 years with no side effects other than getting my energy back after a few days. Hope you feel better soon!
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My instructions are to take it after 5 hours of fasting and at least 30 minutes before eating, which usually means taking it half an hour before breakfast.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
Calcium interferes with absorption. My bottle says wait one hour after eating, I prefer to take it at night so that I don't have to wait at all. I MUST break my fast ASAP.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
Yeah, I'm also not supposed to have calcium either, and 30 min is the bare minimum. Btw, I didn't mean that you're doing it wrong, just that it's interesting we got different instructions.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy

True!

I actually didn't know about antacids until my TSH jumped from managed to 27. (for those that don't know, normal TSH is like 0-3 or 4). So watch out for those Tums, OP!


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I do have the printout from the pharmacy and it says there generally aren't any side effects, then says to contact my doctor immediately if 1,475 things happen.

The printout does say that certain brands can cause choking, gagging or trouble swallowing. Guess that might explain the greatly heightened gag reflex I'm experiencing.

I probably should go see an endocrinologist anyway with all the medical maladies I'm blessed with. I just don't want to have a GP, OB/GYN, cardiologist, nephrologist, chiropractor and an endocrinologist, but my dad see's one he really likes so maybe I'll make an appt to go see him.

No need to worry about the antacids. I don't and can't take them. The iron is really the only supplement I needed to worry about. I think I'll try following what some of you mentioned and try taking it at night. None of my pills at night have any ingredients that would be a problem, and I usually take them about 2 hours before bed. So if I take the synthroid (yeah, mine is the generic kind, too) right before bed, it'll be on an empty stomach and I can avoid interactions.

I don't want to contact my doctor yet. I want to try and ride this out for another week or two and see what happens. If everything is still like it is now or worse, I'll schedule an appointment with her.

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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.
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. I take it first thing in the morning.

I hated the thought that I was going to be taking a pill for the rest of life because you never know what the long term side effects will be, but without the meds there is a difference in hair, nails, skin, weight, etc. Check in with your dr. after 4 weeks and see if s/he's got you on the correct dosage.

I once double my dose on accident and felt light-headed, anxious and hot...

Hope all this helps.
Originally Posted by CurlyinColorado

mcg and mg are not same!
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Tried changing the timeframe and took my pill last night right before going to bed and I'm not nauseated or hot like I was yesterday. My face is jacked up like I'm having a huge eczema attack all over my face, but I don't think that has anything to do with the synthroid.
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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.
Tried changing the timeframe and took my pill last night right before going to bed and I'm not nauseated or hot like I was yesterday. My face is jacked up like I'm having a huge eczema attack all over my face, but I don't think that has anything to do with the synthroid.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Are you still taking antibiotics? That sounds more like a reaction to antibiotics than thyroid meds. I currently take levothyroxine (generic) .05 mg each morning. My SIL takes hers at night, maybe I should try it. To be honest, I never really felt much, if any, difference since starting it 5-6 years ago.
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My experiences are similar to others. I take mine at 4:00 then go to the gym, come home, shower and eat. I take my other meds and vitamins 3-4 hours later. I have to take calcium.

My endocrinologist is quite strict. I have my blood tested 6 weeks after a dosage change. if I have the same levels, I've been able to go 6 months.

It can take up 6 months for your body to adjust to meds so hang in there. Good luck.

PS: I was having similar symptoms, especially the weight gain, over a period of time before a goiter was discovered. Within a month of my thyroidectomy, I was down 20 pounds. And my attitude and emotions stablized (I've always been nuts but that's another story).
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
http://www.lifescript.com/health/conditions/hypothyroidism/keep_your_thyroid_healthy_naturally.aspx
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