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Posts: 74
Registered: ‎03-24-2010

Re: Alternating thyroid meds


@sophiamariewrote:

I have been on levothyroxine for almost 20 years, taking 75 mcg on Mon, Wed and Fri and 50 mcg on the other four days.  I never had any adverse effects but that doesn't mean somebody else won't.

 

I really don't think you will get your problem solved by anyone here.  It would be best for you to wait for your PCP OR call a pharmacist.  They know more about drugs than doctors do anyway.

 

BTW, doesn't your PCP have anyone covering for him/her???  Please don't take advice from strangers on a bulletin board.  Eveyone's situation is different.  HTH


I wasn't coming to these boards to get my  problem solved or take advise.  I was just wondering what others had experienced.

 

Yes my doctor does have someone covering for her but I prefer to wait and discuss this directly with her.  Thanks for your reply.

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Registered: ‎08-18-2016

Re: Alternating thyroid meds

@pattyc,  yes, for some people the "perfect" dose is between two levels, and they're told to alternate. This isn't unusual.

Just be sure both levels of levo are made by the same manufacturer your body is already used to.

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Re: Alternating thyroid meds


@chrystaltree wrote:

No way in this world would I let my pcp manage my thyroid meds.  They don't enough about thyroid meds, they aren't endocrinologists.  I think you should ask for a referral to an Endocrinologist and let a specialist advise you.


 

My former pcp was incompetent to treat my thyroid issues.

But my current pcp is perfectly able to do so.

 

Unfortunately, a medical title doesn't automatically rule out, or confer medical competency.

 

I was referred to an endocrinologist. He reviewed my medical chart for the first time, then leaned in and said,

"By the way, there's no such thing as mitral valve prolapse syndrome. It's all in your mind." (My cardiologist would disagree.)

 

He didn't inquire about my diet during the appointment, but before I left he looked me over and advised me to,

"eat more meat".

I never saw this endocrinologist again.

 

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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Alternating thyroid meds

As long as your Dr runs the blood tests ,to check your levels ,you should be fine

 

I go to an endo ,and that is what she does.

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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Alternating thyroid meds


@chrystaltreewrote:

No way in this world would I let my pcp manage my thyroid meds.  They don't enough about thyroid meds, they aren't endocrinologists.  I think you should ask for a referral to an Endocrinologist and let a specialist advise you.


Unfortunately, in our city of 100,000 (with a state university) there is only 1 endocrinologist. Wait time to see him is 1 year; I tried!

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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Alternating thyroid meds

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@pattyc

 

I've done this for years I do it with .100 and .112....one day .100 and .112 it keeps my levels just right.  I test every 6 months.  Sometimes I have to do more .100 or sometimes more .112.  My thyroid is very 'touchy'.

 

I fill up my pill box for the week.  Good luck...it's not hard to do.  I use generic but always use the same generic.

 

p.s. I don't eat meat.

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Registered: ‎05-08-2010

Re: Alternating thyroid meds


@x Hedgewrote:

@chrystaltree wrote:

No way in this world would I let my pcp manage my thyroid meds.  They don't enough about thyroid meds, they aren't endocrinologists.  I think you should ask for a referral to an Endocrinologist and let a specialist advise you.


 

My former pcp was incompetent to treat my thyroid issues.

But my current pcp is perfectly able to do so.

 

Unfortunately, a medical title doesn't automatically rule out, or confer medical competency.

 

I was referred to an endocrinologist. He reviewed my medical chart for the first time, then leaned in and said,

"By the way, there's no such thing as mitral valve prolapse syndrome. It's all in your mind." (My cardiologist would disagree.)

 

He didn't inquire about my diet during the appointment, but before I left he looked me over and advised me to,

"eat more meat".

I never saw this endocrinologist again.

 


Good for you and I agree completely about who is competent and who isn't.  BTW I have mitral valve prolapse and I don't eat meat HA!

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Posts: 164
Registered: ‎05-16-2011

Re: Alternating thyroid meds

yes i've been on alternating doses since I was diagnosed with Hashimto's thyroiditis over 10 years ago.  62.5 mcg Mon - Wed, 50 mcg Thurs-Sun ....stayed pretty stable...until I had surgery last year and my levels got out of whack after that.  Now I alternate 62.5 M-F and 50 on wkds.  

 

Hope yours gets back in line soon.  It can surely make you feel terrible in so many different ways.