R.M. asks from Murrieta, CA on May 20, 2011
Has anyone been on the thyroid med called Synthroid? If so can you share your experience? Ive just been prescribed 50mcg per day and I am very nervous about starting it... and I freak out about the listed side effects in the booklet.
C.A. answers from New York on May 21, 2011
I have been on it for about 13 years now and never had any side affects. I have been on .88 since I started and it hasn't changed. When I started taking it I started to loose weight. I lost 70 lbs. But unfortunatly I gained it all back. Don't be scared. Everything will be fine as long as you take it everyday like clockwork. Good Luck!
N.W. answers from Eugene on May 20, 2011
I took Synthroid for around 10 years for Hashimoto's. I'm very sensitive to meds but didn't have any side effects from the Synthroid. Weird thing is I recently went from hypo to hyper, was diagnosed with Graves and just had the radiation so in a few months I'll probably be hypo on Synthroid again.
C.M. answers from Washington DC on May 21, 2011
I was on it for about 3 years and just recently switched to nature thyroid. On synthroid, I will still very tired, and kept gaining weight. Also synthroid doesn't have the T3 hormone that you NEED. I would ask for a more natural med for it. I feel a MILLION times better since I switched
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N.L. answers from Los Angeles on May 21, 2011
I have been taking Synthroid for the past 16 years! I have not had any side effects. The only thing that you need to know (and unfortunately not all doctors give you these instructions)....you need to take it first thing in the morning, around the same time and you should not eat anything for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour. Otherwise, medication might not be absorbed into your bloodstream. It might take about 6 weeks to figure out whether this is a therapeutic dosage for you. If you take other supplements, read instructions before hand to make sure that it does not effect medication's efficacy (i.e, iron supplements) - wait 4 hours after you take your Synthoid medication.
You will get more energy once you start taking it. Good luck.
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S.F. answers from Reno on May 22, 2011
I was on Synthroid for several years with no side effects. It worked exactly as intended!
C.P. answers from Provo on May 21, 2011
M.M. answers from Washington DC on May 21, 2011
Hubby calls them my stupid pills. If I don;t have them for a while, like when we moved I am a basket case. I do not mess with my Synthroid. I am on 100mcg, and doing just fine. Have been for 10 years.
THe generic does not work for me.
Always take it in the morning on an empty stomach. Wait about 1/2 hour to an hour to eat breakfast.
The doctor should monitor you every 6 weeks for a while to seee how you are adjusting, the dose may need to be changed and tweeked.
Mine sees me every 6 months.
I have no side effects, and If I do they are minimized by the fact that if I am not on the Synthroid or the dose is wrong I become a basket case.
S.T. answers from New York on May 20, 2011
my mom is 81 and she's been on synthroid for more than 50 yrs. it will be helpful for you if you need it - it's one of the oldest and safest drugs around.
A.C. answers from Oklahoma City on May 21, 2011
I've been on it for almost 5 years and never had a problem with it. I take 200 mcg. I just read that Julie R said that her dr said to not take the generic and I'd never heard that before so I'm gonna ask my dr to make sure I get synthroid from now on! :o)
Good Luck! I hope it makes you feel a LOT better! I know it's helped me! I couldn't even sit down without falling asleep! :o)
B.C. answers from Norfolk on May 21, 2011
I was on Synthroid for 10 years at 125mcg daily and it was ok.
But in my case I still had persistent symptoms that did not go away even though my blood tests said my TSH level was then in the higher end of the normal range.
I decided I wanted to try Armour Thyroid (which has both T4 and T3, Synthroid only has T4) and I asked my Dr to adjust me to the lower end of the TSH normal range and those persistent symptoms finally were resolved.
I'm one of those people who don't convert T4 to T3 very well so a medication which has both in it helps me a lot.
I've been with Armour Thyroid 150mcg daily for 7 years now and I feel great!
I wouldn't want to go back to using Synthroid because it doesn't work as well for me.
But many people do very well on it because everyone is different and there is no one size fits all solution for all people.