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Re: Confused over medication switch

Re: Confused over medication switch

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Posted by Susan on October 09, 2000 at 23:10:31:

In Reply to: Confused over medication switch posted by Kim on October 08, 2000 at 16:04:17:

: I need someone to help me clarify something. I have been diagnosed with going back and forth between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. I have been on Synthroid for about 1 1/2 years. My thyroid got a little out of whach just recently, due to having a baby. Dr. switched my Synthroid (Levoxyl) dose from .075 to .050. Does this mean my TSH was too high or too low? They always confuse me. Don't know if I was Hypo or Hyper?????

Kim- Congradulations!! My Doctor has told me it takes about a year to get your hormones back to normal after giving birth. I had my 2nd 15 months ago and I am finaly leveling off. It took me about a year with the first child too. I have always been on the hyper side of the meds after the kids so my dose gets lower every time I test.

A good way to remember is that synthroid is your thyroid T4 so if you increase your med levels you were low(hypo) and if you lower your med levels you were high(hyper).

So keep that in mind here is the hard one to remember- your tests. TSH if it is low your T4 will be high (hypo) too little med so they should increase the dose. and in reverse if your TSH is high your T4 will be low (hyper) too much med and they should decrease your dose.

Ok I'll Stop your head hurt yet??? I have been doing this for 5+ years and still have a lot to learn. Also remember iorn and calcium taken within 2 hours of your thyroid meds can cause an asorbtion problem.(though taken exactly the same way day in and day out may show no problems ie prenatels)
OK OK I'm done -Susan-

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