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Thyroid Disorders board

Hi all:

In July my dad finally went to the doctor's. He was diagnoised with PD and dementia.

A couple days later my mom received a call from the doctor's office stating that my dad's thyroid was "out of wack" and they prescribed 50 mcg syntroid.

They have now prescribed 150 mcg synthroid. I just got off the phone with the nurse who told me that my father's TSH is 7.5.

That's off an awful lot isn't it? Should we be concerned with the big increase in medication? Is there anything that we can do to help him naturally? Any certain foods, vitamins or minerals that any of you found helped with your symptoms?

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated - my dad is 64 and I hate seeing him like this.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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[This message has been edited by Kimianne (edited 08-21-2003).]
All levothyroine dosages are in mcg's (micrograms). For example, the leading brand, Synthroid, is manufactured in tablets in increments from 25 mcg to 300 mcg. No one ever takes anything even close to a mg (milligram). (For reference's sake, a milligram is 1000th of a gram, but a microgram is only 1,000,000th of a gram; so you can see that is a microscopic amount.) Twenty-five mcg of l-thyroxine is considered a very small dose; 300 mcg is very high and extremely more potent than the 25. One-fifty is in the middle.

I don't know if men are dosed differently than women, but how much med to start with is just an educated guess. A TSH of 7.5 is high enough to indicate hypoT, but not high enough to say your dad is sicker than a person with a TSH of, say, 10 or 12. In fact, some people can have TSH in the hundreds and not even feel sick at all. TSH alone is not a reliable indicator of thyroid gland function. Many, if not most, doctors in any case would still be conservative with dosage when initiating treatment.