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Old 08-15-2009, 06:03 AM   #1
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time of day for labs on armour/synthroid?

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I am on a bit of Synthroid and a bit of Armour. Both a bit low, and going to bump up the T4 first I think, then see what my body does with that.

But I need to be consistent about timing of labs. When do you get labs done, especially those taking armour/T3? Because if I get them done early AM before any meds, then T3 is very low. And if I get them done 2-3 hours later, T3 is the highest of the day. (T4 same both times, guess that makes sense.)

Is there a time that's best for armour?

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Re: time of day for labs on armour/synthroid?

You want "the lowest level of the day" to get accurate results so you need to have your labs taken in the morning before you take your meds. I don't even want to know what my T3 and T4 levels are after taking meds (they'll both be through the roof and I take them twice a day so I get two of these spikes).

 
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Re: time of day for labs on armour/synthroid?

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You want "the lowest level of the day" to get accurate results so you need to have your labs taken in the morning before you take your meds. I don't even want to know what my T3 and T4 levels are after taking meds (they'll both be through the roof and I take them twice a day so I get two of these spikes).
Thanks, that is helpful to know. With sinus tachycardia occurring on the Armour last summer and fall, I had to decrease armour to settle my heart. On steroid replacement for Addison's Disease, I had upped them for pleurisy/lung infection. Then to taper back to baseline steroids, I ran into terrible tachycardia. I called endo and he suggested dropping armour a bit, see if heart is better, and if taper works better. It did!

So heart is quite sensitive to the ups and downs of T3 in the day. I will continue to get readings done before meds as you suggest. If heart acts up again, I might also get a peak reading 2 or 3 hours after taking the armour.

I really think heart issue was brought about by tapering steroids, I only dropped by 1 mg. prednisone every two weeks, but maybe 1/2 mg. would have worked better, probably just tried to taper too fast..

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