Re: Levoxyl to Armour dose
According to everything I've read, your two grains is slightly higher than your 137 mcgs.
The Armour website has a conversion chart that is a little 'tighter' than the one on a commercial site [which I can't name] that is more realistic.
The approximate conversion is on the commercial site is:
1 1/2 grains, containing 57 mcg T4 + 13.5 mcg T3, equivalent to 111-150 mcg of T4
2 grains, containing 76 mcg T4 and 18 mcg T3, equivalent to 148-200 mcg
(T3 is approximately 4 times more potent than T4. So, if you multiply the above amounts of T3 by 4, then add the T4, you will arrive at the lower of the two equivalencies named.)
The reason I prefer the above guide is because most people have some degree of T4/T3 conversion problem, or they have some cellular resistance which makes a slightly higher dose necessary. The Armour site presumes perfect conversion and no resistance, so in an ideal world, those dosages would be fine... but in reality, they usually aren't.
It seems that your new doc has prescribed slightly higher... not lower... and you may or may not have problems with this. If you have any 'hyper' signs, (the headache may be one) you probably should report it and ask for a temporary decrease... stress "temporary". You don't want him thinking you're resistant to his willingness to prescribe enough for you to achieve wellness!
Edited to address the twice-a-day dose question ~ I don't find it necessary to take my Armour twice a day. I don't have the "rush" that some people have, and I don't have a dip in energy in the afternoon. My advice is to take it just once to see if it works for you... If you temporarily lower your dose and work up to a higher one gradually, you might not have the headache.
An empty stomach is better for taking thyroid meds; that's precisely why I didn't want to go the two-dose route.
Maybe someone who takes a split dose will give you hints on how to go about it.
Last edited by midwest1; 02-09-2005 at 08:13 AM.