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teresajm 05-04-2013 10:02 AM

switching to armour, how long to take effect?
 
I switched to 90 mcg armour from 125 mcg levothyroxine several days ago and don't feel any difference yet.Only symptom is tiredness.
Here's my test score which were normal 16 months ago and have been fairly stable for 16 years and changed to this:

tsh-8.23
tw-89
free t3-2.6
t4 free-1.58
reverse t3 serum-25.4
thyroid peroxidase ab-97
antithroglobulin-138

Thanks for any input!

midwest1 05-04-2013 11:47 AM

Re: switching to armour, how long to take effect?
 
The length of time it takes to get benefit changing brand/dose is individual. But I can tell you, it won't be instant. You'll feel changes gradually, usually over the course of weeks to months. Since your TSH was so high when the switch was made, it demonstrates that your levoT dose was inadequate. You may need an Armour dose increase if this one doesn't do the job.

teresajm 05-04-2013 01:00 PM

Re: switching to armour, how long to take effect?
 
thanks for the info.Just found this site and it's great to have help with this.

The only thing I changed to see such a hike in my numbers was selenium which was recommended to me for the thyroid.Anyone take this?Now I'm wondering if I should stop.Any opinions?

midwest1 05-04-2013 02:55 PM

Re: switching to armour, how long to take effect?
 
Selenium wouldn't make things worse. At best, it would reduce TPO antibodies somewhat and help with the conversion of T4 to T3. But it would not increase TSH or reduce T4/T3.

I'm not really sure exactly what causes the condition to worsen over time. It probably has to do with the gland continuing to fail even after we begin treatment years to decades earlier. But don't quote me on that. ;) Sometimes, things just aren't so easy to explain.

Welcome to the board. :wave:
Hope we can continue to be of help to you.
Good luck with the Armour!


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