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Old 08-21-2010, 04:36 PM
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Wanting to move) --Burlington, VT, Asheville, NC, Boulder, CO?
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Hi, I was diagnosed with hypothyroid in March... my results came back a TSH of 7.0 I believe. I assume that's high? I know the normal range is up to 3.0 (The old scale was 5.0).

At any rate, I started off on 50mg (the white pill) of Synthyroid. After about 2.5 months of being on the white pill I became hyperthyroid! I was immediately switched to 25mg (the reddish-orange pill) of Synthyroid. It's been another 2.5 months, and I am exhausted... moody, tired... eyes are red (probably from fatigue), etc. I am basically feeling how I was when I first was diagnosed.

My conclusion is that 25 is not enough med and 50 is entirely too high. I am going to need to consult my doctor and ask about breaking the pills in half and taking 37.5 mg's. That means I would break the 50 in half (25) and the red (12.5) = 37.5, or half of the 75 (37.5) =

Does anyone have any thoughts about breaking the pills in half? If my doctor gives me the go I'm going to actually buy a pill cutter because I've tried breaking the pills in half before, and they crumble! They're too small and soft...

At any rate, has anyone had any success with 37.5 mg's?

I am not "Hashimoto's" by the way, strangely enough... I think I may have had a bacterial or viral infection that set of my thyroid. I'm not sure if that's called "Thyroiditis?" My doctor (endocrinologist) is not very good, and I've had a bad feeling about her from the beginning. I know that it's important to have a knowledgeable, trusting doctor. I will be switching soon.

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Old 08-21-2010, 05:18 PM
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Fro waht i saw with my mother in law it can take some time to actauly get the doage r8ight and mnay that are too overweight it can be even harder. It kind of reminds me of getting blood pressure under control; weight and diet pay a big part from what I have seen.If you have no confisdence get anther specialist but you may find it has to do with life stylre and actaully getting use to not be as you were really.
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Old 08-21-2010, 06:52 PM
Location: Georgia, USA
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Are you getting the brand name Synthroid or a generic? If it is a generic, have all the prescriptions been from the same manufacturer? The generics should work fine, but you want to stick with the same source. Otherwise the dose may need to be adjusted every time the pharmacy changes the manufacturer.

What hyperthyroid symptoms did you have on 50 mcg? What was the TSH? Are you taking any other medications?

And to answer your question, I did a little experiment. I take 50 micrograms (and it is micrograms, not milligrams!) of generic levothyroxine (from Lannett), and I easily split a tablet with a splitter. So that should work. The most economical way to do it would probably be to take half of a 75 mcg tablet, if it turns out that is the dose you need.

I have just been taking it a few weeks, and the dose I am on now was my starting dose. It sounds as if your endocrinologist started you with a very conservative dose, and going up to 50 mcg was not unreasonable.
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:23 PM
Location: In a house
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I'm guessing you're taking 25 micrograms, not 25 miligrams. I take 100 micrograms,, because I only have one node. The other was surgically removed due to a tumor growing on it.

25 mc is the lowest dose it comes in. Pill splitters are cheap, or you could just crack them with a very sharp knife. Definitely ask about taking one and a half of the 25 mc pills.
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:31 PM
Location: Alexandria, VA
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NOBODY here should be advising you on splitting your pills, etc. until you get a correct diagnosis. It takes time for your body to adapt to the meds. - sometimes (and this happened in my case) you might need one dose one day/another the next day and you alternate. I know someone who takes one pill, skips a day, takes a half, etc. - Bottom line: get a doctor you trust and give it some time for them to get the dosage that's correct for you.
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:02 AM
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When it comes to thyroids, not every Dr. knows a lot about it. I have been on thyroid medicine for many years and have found that there is a difference in doctors. If you thyroid is off you will not feel good. Some Doctors are much better but to find a good one is difficult.
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