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Old 06-10-2005, 06:51 AM   #1
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new here...typical Syntheroid starter dose?

I'm new to this board, and new to hypothyroidism. From what I've read here, I feel very lucky. My TSH has been trending slowly upward for a year, and I have a family history of hypothyroidism (my mother). But in the last 5 weeks, my TSH jumped from 3.3 to 3.66.

I'm very symptomatic, even while within the "normal" range, but my doctor was kind and said that even though the normal range extended to 4.2, the statistical mean of people with a normally functioning thyroid wad between 1 and 1.5. He also said that he saw no sense in letting me suffer until the TSH was up at 4.5, and that he wanted to begin treatment.

So he started me on Syntheroid, at .05 mg per day. I'm just curious as to what dosages other people take. (My doc did say that we'd probably have to adjust it for a while until we find the magic number).


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Old 06-10-2005, 07:05 AM   #2
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Re: new here...typical Syntheroid starter dose?

Welcome Ophelia!! And Wow are you fortunate to have a doc like that!!! Give him a big hug! I was also very symptomatic with a tsh at 5.96 a year ago and I was started on .05 of synthroid. From what I understand, that's a standard beginning dose. You do know that it may take a little while to feel better right? Hang in there and congrats on finding a great doc!!


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Old 06-10-2005, 07:08 AM   #3
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Re: new here...typical Syntheroid starter dose?

Bethany--you said "a little while to feel better..."

Just out of curiosity, how long should I expect? I didn't think to ask about that at all.


Old 06-10-2005, 07:09 AM   #4
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Re: new here...typical Syntheroid starter dose?

Yes, takes a while to feel better...just post here if you have any troubles or questions! Need to give 4-6 weeks and then depending on how you feel you might want new labs and visit to the doctor and a possible up..I started at 0.05 and then upped to 0.075 after that wait (that was synthroid). Welcome!

Old 06-10-2005, 07:17 AM   #5
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Re: new here...typical Syntheroid starter dose?

It can take quite some time to find your optimal dose/combination of meds. My mom's been trying for years. I've been on meds since February and will be getting another increase on Monday..

Old 06-10-2005, 01:41 PM   #6
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Re: new here...typical Syntheroid starter dose?

For me, usually I feel better within a couple of weeks, but everyone is different. And sometimes, I'll go for weeks and feel great, and then crash for a week or so until I get a meds increase. I think it's just one of those things you learn to deal with and use the board to ask any questions, vent and get support. It's good to know you're not alone.

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