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Old 07-22-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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If your Cytomel dosage was increased and you have a chest anxiety feeling, should ..

you stop the increased dosage and go back to the original dosage?

I increased from 5 mcg of Cytomel to 10 mcg eight days ago and then increased it to 15 mcg two days ago (as per my doctor's orders), but I am feeling a chest anxiety feeling.

Should I just stop the increase or is this normal?

 
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Re: If your Cytomel dosage was increased and you have a chest anxiety feeling, should

I've heard others report this after a Cytomel dose increase.....since you've been on your new dose two days, the effects are just starting to kick in.

Some people try to tough it out....it all depends on your level of comfort.

If you're not comfortable, how about going down to 12.5mcg and see how that works? Then, if you don't have this symptom, you could try going up to 15mcg.

I'd still divide the dose into 3/day....
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Re: If your Cytomel dosage was increased and you have a chest anxiety feeling, should

I don't have a pill cutter. How about I do 10 mcg one day and 15 mcg the next and so forth? Does that work or should I track down a pill cutter?

 
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Re: If your Cytomel dosage was increased and you have a chest anxiety feeling, should

Since Cytomel has a 6-8 hour half-life (compared to 7 days for Synthroid), it makes sense to divide the dose as equally as possible to minimize symptoms....and maintain steady blood levels.

A pill cutter would be good
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Re: If your Cytomel dosage was increased and you have a chest anxiety feeling, should

I am going to stick to the 10 mcg of Cytomel for two weeks and then look into the pill cutter. I do not want to rush things, especially since I am in reality doubling my dosage of both the Synthroid and Cytomel since one week ago. We'll see!

When I first started the Cytomel on the 5 mcg I felt a lot better, however I had been on 50 mcg of the Synthroid as well so maybe that helped things. Now, I don't feel as well as I did on that 5 mcg -- I am still lethargic.

I sit on the couch all day, lethargic. I feel like I will never fell better to live a normal life. I am so sick of this and starting to worry I will never get better, since I have had my thyroid meds doubled and I still don't honestly feel all that energetic. Ugh.

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Re: If your Cytomel dosage was increased and you have a chest anxiety feeling, should

I think you have a good plan.

I completely understand your frustration.

Please know that you will get better.....the reason things are taking longer than they should was due to the fact that you weren't being medicated properly.

Your new Synthroid dose is still on the low side and, unfortunately, you will need to wait 6 wks. after every dose adjustment before adjusting the dose again (if needed).

If you change your dose any sooner, your body will never have the opportunity to truly adjust to a dose and you might overshoot your goal. In the meantime, you'll be increasing the intensity of moving thyroid hormone levels - this is what causes symptoms as well.

So, while your meds doses have been doubled, you still aren't at your optimal dose(s).

But, your doses are being increased as they need to be (that wasn't happening before).

You will reap the benefits of your patience and hard work.

I can assure you that, once you reach your optimal levels, there will come a day when you wake up....and you'll realize the "old" you is back!

It happened to me enough times in the past to give me strength to bear with future dose adjustments and now, I'm finally enjoying some extended time of feeling awesome.

Just keep on getting labs every 6 wks., push for the meds dose adjustments that your labs indicate and the same will happen to you.
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