I saw my endo again today. I have tested positive for TPO antibodies, and some other thyroid antibody. I have many hypo symptoms. The endo agreed to a trial of meds. I know my Tsh was 3.0 and free t4 was 1.1. I don't have lab ranges in front of me.
Well question is he gave me a perscription for Levothyroxine 50 mcg. Does that seem like a good amount? Do you think it will help? How long does it take to start feeling better?
That's what most people start out at. Your doctor should do another blood test in 6-8 weeks to see if your levels are where they should be.
aYou said that your doctor gave you an rx for levothyroxine. I'm assuming it is generic. Have you filled it yet? The reason I ask is because many people don't do well on generic and have to switch to name brand. Check this out.
The fillers and binders between manufacturers can make a huge difference in absorbtion. You should also know that any levothyroxine should be taken on an empty stomach. You should not eat for 1 hour before or 2-3 hours after taking the meds. The meds are absorbed better on an empty stomach. Also, you should not ingest calcium within 6 hours of taking your meds as that can also interfere with absorbtion.
I take generic levothyroxine and I do very well on it. Better than I did on the name brand Synthroid. I take the generic made by Mylan pharmaceuticals. I like it so much that when my dog was dx'd hypo, I insisted on the Mylan brand for her too.