Re: Lowering dosage of Synthroid
Before lowering dosage, have a thyroid test and see what your level is. We function better when the thyroid level is just right, not too low and not too high. Right now mine is too high and an adjustment will need to be made at my next visit. Just had surgery and they wanted to wait before making the adjustment. (lower the number the higher the thyroid level is).
Weight gain is thought to be from being hypothyroid and not from the medication. Take a look at your eating habits, write down everything you eat and figure the calories.
When we are hypothyroid, our activity level is usually lower/slower and this will contribute to weight gain even tho we do not make any changes in our diet. We need to eat less (but we have a normal appetite, ugh!)
If you have had your thyroid removed or it is not functioning, yes, you will need to take medication for life. Think about the alternative.