Levothyroxine & Weight Loss
NIK

Toronto, Canada

#3035 Jun 13, 2012
So i was on synthroid .112mg now my doctor switched me to ELTROXIN .100mg to lower my dose because i was having fast heartbeat and too much sweating. i didnt gain any weight when i was on synthroid. has anyone been on Eltroxin before?
jansoames

Newtownards, UK

#3036 Jun 14, 2012
taartt wrote:
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I also gained weight on levo because I didn't need T4 (Levo), I needed T3 (Cytomel). Ask your dr. to check that for you. I'm on Cytomel now and losing weight with good eating and lite excercise.
This is just what I want to hear..... I have told my doc that I believe this to be the case with me though I am doing well on Armour. If we are producing T4 but not converting no amount of additional T4 will sort that. in fact we will be made worse (this happened to me with levo, doc actually said we are poisoning you) How much cytomel are you on and how do you split it through the day? My doc has never used just cytomel, in fact I had to beg for the armour.
jansoames

Newtownards, UK

#3037 Jun 14, 2012
Jennifer wrote:
Finally! After over 3 years of dosage increases I found out that my doc hadn't tested my T3. I am cautiously optimistic about my blood test next month. I am hoping that this will be the end all be all of my thyroid issues and not being able to get pregnant. Anyone else have issues with your regular doc not doing a full panel blood test? I only found out that he wasnt having it tested after asking him about armour thyroid. Just a suggestion to anyone out there that is having weight issues and all the crappy symptoms of hypothyroidism and your TSH levels still jacked up after years of meds - ask your doc for a full panel blook work up.
In the UK most labs only test for TYSH. My doc has requested T3 and they still wouldn't do it because of expense. It wasn't until I saw an endocrinologist at the hospital that my full set of bloods were done.
My doctor told me tat not converting T4 to T3 is rare.... I would like to make a bet that for the majority of people who are hypo and struggle to lose weight this is the case.
Jennifer

Grapevine, TX

#3038 Jun 14, 2012
jansoames wrote:
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In the UK most labs only test for TYSH. My doc has requested T3 and they still wouldn't do it because of expense. It wasn't until I saw an endocrinologist at the hospital that my full set of bloods were done.
My doctor told me tat not converting T4 to T3 is rare.... I would like to make a bet that for the majority of people who are hypo and struggle to lose weight this is the case.
I agree with your bet! My doctor said the same thing - that only 1 out of his 10 patients are prescribed medication for their T3 levels but he hasn't even tested me so how many of the other 10 hasn't been tested? In my case my levels have been jumping up and down for years all while increasing my dosage. It should just be going down right? I am currently taking 88mcg of synthroid but I know it should be higher. Something is still not right. I am really hoping this is the case for me...I mean I know its just another medication I have to take but what I would give to have my body work right again...taking one more medication to fix me would far outweigh having to take another pill.
Jennifer

Grapevine, TX

#3039 Jun 14, 2012
NIK wrote:
So i was on synthroid .112mg now my doctor switched me to ELTROXIN .100mg to lower my dose because i was having fast heartbeat and too much sweating. i didnt gain any weight when i was on synthroid. has anyone been on Eltroxin before?
I have never heard of Eltroxin before. A quick google search makes it sound like its a generic of Levothyroxine...I was on levo for about a year before my doc switched me to synthroid. I switched because the generic was NOT helping. Then again, neither is the synthroid but if you are having fast heartbeats and sweating that sounds like your dosage was too high. Maybe this is a good switch for you. Let us know how it goes!
taartt

Marshall, TX

#3040 Jun 14, 2012
I'm taking 50 mcgs once a day in the morning while I'm drinking my coffee getting ready for my 2 1/2 mile (4 km) walk every morning.
Reta Jminez

United States

#3041 Jun 14, 2012
I am ready to start 50 mcg tablet of Levothyrosine.
I started on diet program,and am taking Hydroxycut.
Can I use the diet pill with my low thyroid meds?
I don't want to gain weight!!
Reta Jminez

United States

#3042 Jun 14, 2012
My email is:[email protected]
Reta Jiminez on sumitted question.
Levothyrosine 50mcg to start.

I am taking Hydrocycut to loose weight.
Can I take the 50mcg,or should I wait awhile?
jansoames

Newtownards, UK

#3043 Jun 15, 2012
taartt wrote:
I'm taking 50 mcgs once a day in the morning while I'm drinking my coffee getting ready for my 2 1/2 mile (4 km) walk every morning.
That again is really interesting as I have been told that with T3 you need to split the dose as you do with armour through the day. So no palpitations and you don't get tired in the afternoon?
jansoames

Newtownards, UK

#3044 Jun 15, 2012
Hi Jennifer.... good luck. Armour has turned my life around. I do wish the medical profession would listen to us all. I think I read on Thyroid UK that conversion of T4 to T3 didn't happen in about 15% of us. That's hardfly rare!

“Bold, Beautiful and Focused”

Since: Jun 12

Amherst, OH

#3045 Jun 15, 2012
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2003. I have been taking levothyroxine since then and losing weight is near impossible.

However, I have recently done some research and found out that someone with hypo-thy should be seeing an endocrinologist to seek other issues associated with the disease, including problems losing weight and extreme fatigue..both of which have plagued me.

Will let you know if it does any good.
taartt

Marshall, TX

#3046 Jun 16, 2012
No, I don't get heart palpitations. That being said, I do take Cymbalta (anti-depressant and for chronic pain). I used to take Elavil which is for chronic pain and an anti-depressant, but also made me sleepy which helped with my insomnia, but it was keeping me from being able to lose weight. So now I take Cymbalta in the morning with my Cytomel, and at night, I take a Klonopin at night to help me get a few hours of sleep. I have an anxiety disorder, so the Cymbalta keeps the feeling of my heart being squeezed away....so that may be why I can take my Cytomel just once.....don't know, but I'm just trying to make all my meds to work together. At this point, I'm feeling pretty good....so I'm good for now.
Rangette

Round Rock, TX

#3047 Jun 16, 2012
jansoames wrote:
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That again is really interesting as I have been told that with T3 you need to split the dose as you do with armour through the day. So no palpitations and you don't get tired in the afternoon?
I tried splitting the dose and that doesn't work for me. I need all the energy I can get for the first 12 hrs. I don't care if I slow down at night.

Plus you have to have an empty stomach and then wait an hour afterwards! I was having a hard time being sure my stomach was empty and taking it like at 12 sometimes and sometimes 3 pm.

So now I take the whole thing at 4:30-5:00 am and I am up and at em by 6:30. In fact I can feel it when it kicks in. I get a little edgy and want to get up and have coffee.

But I can understand why some would want to split their Armour dose. If you have kids to take care of in the afternoon and evening you'll need that energy.
Rangette

Round Rock, TX

#3048 Jun 16, 2012
I am doing better on the Armour finally. The first month I was not sure I was taking enough. I won't know what my labs are til Sept.

But I also was dealing with an antibiotic for pneumonia which started after 3 weeks of the flu.
So now I am well I can see that the Armour is doing the trick.
Jennifer

Grapevine, TX

#3049 Jun 18, 2012
Rangette wrote:
I am doing better on the Armour finally. The first month I was not sure I was taking enough. I won't know what my labs are til Sept.
But I also was dealing with an antibiotic for pneumonia which started after 3 weeks of the flu.
So now I am well I can see that the Armour is doing the trick.
Rangette - are you finding it easier to lose a little weight yet? I know there is a plethera of problems associated with being hypo but that is the one thing that REALLY bothers me. Got about 3 weeks to go before I find out if I can take Armour or Cytomel.
jansoames

Newtownards, UK

#3050 Jun 18, 2012
Jennifer wrote:
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Rangette - are you finding it easier to lose a little weight yet? I know there is a plethera of problems associated with being hypo but that is the one thing that REALLY bothers me. Got about 3 weeks to go before I find out if I can take Armour or Cytomel.
I've lost 17 pounds now on diet and armour. The armour did take a good year to sort thiongs out properley but I do know people that have lost very quickly when changing to it.
I wonder if the medical profession are at last starting to listen, there seems to be a few more of us now on armour and T3.
Rangette

Round Rock, TX

#3051 Jun 18, 2012
Jennifer wrote:
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Rangette - are you finding it easier to lose a little weight yet? I know there is a plethera of problems associated with being hypo but that is the one thing that REALLY bothers me. Got about 3 weeks to go before I find out if I can take Armour or Cytomel.
Well, I couldn't stand a lot of foods with the antibiotic. I did notice that almost immediately on Armour my appetite dropped! So with the antibiotic and the Armour I did lose about 7lbs.

I am almost well now and can now tell that the Armour does make me feel better. and yes, I am pooping out earlier because I am not splitting the pill.

It takes awhile to bounce back from the flu/pneumonia. and I am not 100% at all. But life must go on, so I am having good days and bad days. But I don't think it is the thyroid med at all.
Jennifer

Grapevine, TX

#3052 Jun 22, 2012
Jansoames that is good to hear. Great news that you and Rangette are able to lose a some weight. I am cautiously optimistic about my next appointment. I do agree that it seems more and more people with hypo have been taking armour. It just shocked me to learn that my doc had never even done a full panel blood test. I mean, they have been pumping me full of meds for over 3 years now and my levels have been going up and down the whole time even though the dosage has continued to go up. I think more should have been done a long time ago for me and for many others. I am kind of hoping they find that I need to take armour. But if they say everything is ok there I will finally just spend the money to see a specialist. I am so sick and tired of the depression, extra weight, problems with my hair and nails, and the inability to conceive.
Sorry to hear about the pneumonia Rangette. Hope you feel better soon.
LucyAnna

Leesville, LA

#3053 Jun 23, 2012
I was diagnosed with hypo last monday, and have been on the synthroid for almost a week. My doctor advised to take a water pill with it. so far, i've lost 7.8 lbs this week alone. the water pill has helped immensely with the water weight and the bloating and swelling.
Sophie

Brooklyn, NY

#3054 Jun 23, 2012
Maybe u guys need to check your rT3 levels and ur leptine. I heard that may hinder weight loss

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