Originally Posted by nimbeth
I noticed a prior post you said that you need to be "patient patient". How long should you wait until one should increase their meds?
I can only speak in generalities, because a lot depends on the patient's age and heart condition. For a person of about 60-65 years, or of any age with a frail heart, dosages have to be started low and increased very slowly. But a younger, healthy person can be treated slightly more aggressively. It takes about 6 weeks for the T4 level to reach its peak for a blood test, and doses aren't usually increased without a blood test.... so most doctors usually operate on a 6-8 week schedule.
Your doctor seems kind of conservative in his starting dose, but that's ok. Mine was too. His 4-week increases are good because the dose was so small to start with. He likely wanted to see how you would tolerate the T3 in the Armour before moving up to a grain.
Your free hormones are still quite low, and I don't think moving to a grain now would hurt you... But if you want to use the gentler approach of going 1/4 grain at a time, that's ok too.
I don't want to discourage you, but don't expect to feel better "now". See, you must first reach your "optimal" dose... the final one that gets your free hormones in the best range for you. Only after that happens will all your cells begin to heal from the shortage of hormone they've been used to. Healing is a slow process for about 90% of the people in treatment. If you're like most, you'll feel better so gradually that 6 months from now it'll dawn on you how much better you'll feel then than you do at this moment.