I've been on 30mg of Armour for several years, and recently convinced my doctor to try upping it. I wasn't feeling horrible, but couldn't lose weight, got very tired in the afternoons especially, and my mood was a little low. My T4 was slightly low, so she prescribed 50mcg of levoxyl in addition to the 30mg of Armour. I could tell that night it was way too much. I took nothing for 3 days, then tried just upping the Armour to 60mg. I lasted on that dosage about 3 days, felt both exhausted and hyper. I wasn't officially hyper according to the blood work, but I felt awful. Back to nothing for a few days, then just the 30mg Armour for a few days, by which time I felt really tired and depressed. Yesterday I tried cutting the levoxyl in 1/4 (.125), at my doctor's suggestion, and adding that to the 30mg Armour. I felt great yesterday, my mood was up, energy was back, but then slept very badly last night and feel kind of buzzy today. My question is whether feeling hyper on a dosage increase necessarily means I'm getting too much medication or whether I might eventually get used to it, and if so, what's a reasonable amount of time in which to expect that to occur?
Thank you so much for the replies, I am actually starting to feel a little better. On the higher dosages, I felt progressively sicker and sicker, but this increase seems to be small enough that after several days now I don't feel any worse, and in some ways noticeably better, although the difficulty sleeping is uncomfortable. My body is often extra sensitive to medications--this isn't the first time I've had to increase or start at a much smaller dosage than is generally considered "normal". But it's very helpful to know that this hyper feeling might just be part of the process, not a sign that I'm poisoning myself or something.
My endoc increased my Synthroid from 150 to 175. After about 3 days, I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin, but when I called him, he was gone and I talked to his fill-in. That dr told me that there was no way I could feel the effects so soon. But I did and there's no way I could have imagined the way I felt. I quit taking it and went back to my regular dose...felt fine after about a week on that, so waited a few more weeks and tried the increased dosage again with the same results. How could such a small increase make such a big difference in how I felt? I felt like I was on the verge of screaming all the time and even the dogs aggravated me when they wanted to play on the bed. It was just AWFUL!!!
Ooooooooooooh, I hate that!!!! The best solution is to change doctors. Our Information Archive thread has some great posts including a Q&A and "How to Talk to a New Doctor" along with a ton of other stuff that you may find helpful. It also has a link to Top Docs (patient-referred) around the world. Your ID doesn't mention where you live, but I hope you have some options to change docs if you wish to do so.
Interview the docs before making an appointment so you can determine if they listen well and are flexible in their treatment.
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