so, on november 19th, i go in to see my endo again after 1 month (well, it will be 5 weeks by then) on 30mg (1/2 grain) of armour. unless something radical happens in the next four weeks, i will be asking her to increase my dose. how should that happen? is going from 30 to 60 too big a jump? do i need to go to 45 first? for how long? how long do we need to wait between dosage increases?
I just started on 30mg of Armour 3months ago. My doctor wanted to keep me at this dose because of my blood work but my hypo symptoms continued. I finally convinced him to increase my dose. He increased it to 60mg, but I knew for me that increase would be to much right away. I then started a small increase by adding 7.5mg for 2 wks. After that time I added another 7.5mg for a total of 45mg where I stayed for a while. Then after a couple of weeks I added another 7.5mg for a week until I finally got to taking the 60mg. I've been on the 60mg for 3 weeks and am going to get retested in about another 3 weeks. So far so good on the 60mgs, but I have to say that the first two weeks were kind of crazy with my body. I now feel that my body is adjusting fine to the increase and I am feeling much better then when I was on just 30mg.
I went from synthoid .05mg to 60mg armour, adjusting was difficult, but I ended up feeling great after several months. Then I went from 60 to 90 armour, and the adjustment was not as bad, but I still found myself hyper and unable to sleep at the begining. I just took alternate dosages for the first few days, one day 60 the next 90 until my body was able to tolerate the 90 mgs the second week. It has been about 40 days since I started the new dosage, I still feel a little hyper sometimes (like I drank too much coffee), but I am able to sleep through the night and I am begining to feel good most of the time.
I take the higher dosage only if I can tolerate it. (Not sleeping for days or heart palpitations are not acceptable to me). I can tolerate feeling hot, unable to sleep some, feeling dizzy until my body adjusts to the new dosage, everyone is different and their tolerance is different, and may need to increase the dose more gradually.