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It typically takes at least 6 weeks for the supplemental hormone to saturate the cells of your body so that its effect can be measured in the blood.
I've been taking Synthroid for three weeks. I've seen definite improvements in my memory, bowel function, and skin texture; but some of my symptoms show no improvement so far. But everyone is different, and the results of your starter dosage will be too. You should expect it to be necessary to have periodic adjustments in your dose until the optimum is reached for you.
You should also remember... If a symptom is caused by low thyroid, it should be remedied by the Synthroid. But if a symptom is caused by some other condition, the med won't help. To be clear, for example, if poor nutrition is causing you to lose your hair, the med won't cause it to regrow. Or if you're exhausted because you only get five hours' sleep at night, the med won't make you less tired.