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Old 01-25-2005, 07:14 PM   #1
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Question Reaction to Thyroid Medication

Hello, I have recently been able to find someone who can confirm my symptoms of being Hypothyroid. I took my first dose of Armour Thyroid last friday, and about 7 hours after taking it, became very dizzy. I have had tremors, loose stool (sorry to be icky), nervousness, upset stomach, etc....
I have been told by a family member in the medical profession that it is a common reaction that she has seen quite often in thin people with thyroid problems, but my Dr. and other Dr's in my town disagree.
Has anyone else had this type of reaction? Are you thin?
Very confused,
Very scared,

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Old 01-25-2005, 07:49 PM   #2
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Re: Reaction to Thyroid Medication

well the first thing is..what was the dosage??? sometimes you have to start really slowly. if you take too much too quickly , specially bc of the t3 in armour your body can freak out. i take one grain armour and had to start slowly xo jenn

Old 01-25-2005, 07:53 PM   #3
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Re: Reaction to Thyroid Medication

I'm on synthroid. I started on it in September. My doc put me on 200mcg. WAY TOO MUCH! Within a couple of weeks I lost 18 pounds. I am now 117lbs. I had no reactions that you are talking about but the high dose made he hyper. I went to an endocrinologist instead of the GP who lowered me to 125 and now i'm at 100.

What dose are you on? Do you see an Endo doc or your GP? I'm a firm believer in specialists.

Old 01-26-2005, 05:02 PM   #4
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Re: Reaction to Thyroid Medication

I was just switched from 50 mcg levothyroxine to 1 grain armour. I took the first pill on Sunday and was feeling light headed all day. I feel much better now that my body has gotten used to it. I just hope I keep on improving because I was really beginning to feel like crap. I was having really bad shortness of breath and heart flutters (feels like it will skip a beat and then next beat is harder than normal to make up for the missed one). It is starting to subside now but I had the same problem when I finally was diagnosed and given meds. That is how I know that I needed an increase or change.

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Old 01-26-2005, 05:16 PM   #5
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Re: Reaction to Thyroid Medication

Crazy -- I'm sure that was your body getting used to the T3 after not having it for so long. That may also be what is happening to stathmom. If the symptoms persist, I'd go back for a recheck and a possible adjustment in meds.

Old 01-26-2005, 07:48 PM   #6
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Re: Reaction to Thyroid Medication

You might want to cut the Armour pill in half and take one half in the morning and the other half about eight hours later. I think a lot of people find that they feel better taking meds that have T3 in them in split doses. The switch from 50 mcg's of Levo to 1 grain of Armour is equal to double the dose so you may have to decrease a little and then gradually work your way up to 1 grain.
Good Luck!

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