Re: hypo: available medications, pros and cons?
I'm not the most knowlegable person here but I have learned that there are differences in the medications. For hypo, the synthetics are all t4. The difference in each is the fillers and binders. The fillers and binders can make a world of difference in how the t4 is metabolized. Many people do very well on Synthroid but some don't. What works well for some may not work well for others. I started out on Synthroid and was miserable but I have some friends who have been on it for years and it's been great for them. I think in my situation-because my metabolizm is so slow-by the time the fillers and binders were fully metabolized, some of the t4 had already passed through my body. That's just my guess though.
I take generic Synthroid (Levothyroxine) and until recently, it's been great. I go back to the doctor for a checkup in September and am going to request a change in meds if I'm not feeling better by then.
Besides Synthroid, there's Levoxyl, Unithroid, Eltroxin (Canada), Levothroid as well as others that escape my memory just now. I'm told that generic versions are generally not as good but for many months, it worked well for me.
As far as the t3 goes, some people need it, some don't. If the t3 is in the mid to upper range, chances are there's no need for it. As you read these threads, you'll see that much of the thyroid thing is trial and error for both patients and doctors.
I've heard that magnesium and selenium are good supplements for someone with a thyroid condition.
I hope this helps.
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Last edited by LuvMyLilDoggie; 07-19-2004 at 04:00 PM.