Cytomel and anxiety

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Through collaboration with the MD and the psychiastist, I have recently been prescribed a combo therapy of Zoloft, Synthroid and <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span>. My OCD, depression, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>anxiety</span>, and paranoia have disappeared. Within a couple of hours after taking cytomel, my lethargic nature left and I felt normal. I also no longer need Xanax. It has been a couple of decades since I have felt this normal. The cytomel seems to do a better and faster job than Zoloft. I am only taking 25mcg of cytomel.
Does <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> need to be taken on an empty stomache...and what would be the recommended daily dosage?
I drove myself to the hospital and in the waiting room while sitting in the chair I fell over and hurt the back of my head. They did a cat scan and xray everything was fine. They checked my heart and such and that was fine. I knew the fast heart beat and nervousness and jitters were from the medication. I called my surgeon in the morning and of course he told me it wasn't the medication and to call me medical doctor and tell him to prescribe something for my as he stated severe anxiety.
I recently added cytomel to my Synthroid. Previously, I was taking Synthroid 112mcg 6 x weekly. Dr. reduced to 88 mcg, 7 x and <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> 5 mg 2 x daily. The full 5 mg cause real anxiety and palpatations. I was told I could split the pill (challenging! lol) and so far, I am taking only 2.5 approx, once in the am. Will the anxiety settle down? I am considering taking Xanax to level out, as I am not feeling so great, with the edginess.
it took me months to convince my endo. to give me armor or <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span>, and since she does not deal with armor and swore to me that <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> would not do any thing and in her 30 years of being an endo. im her first patient whom she is prescribing cytomel to and that is only to prove to me that it does not work. im on cytomel 5 mcg and levoxyl 100 mcg daily. been on cytomel for the last 2 wks, and have not felt any different then i did before. I was realy hard on my dr.
I'm on 75 mcg levo, alternating with 88 mcg levo + 5 mcg <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> daily......... I was at 10 mcg <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> and had to cut back due to rapid heart rate and palps. What are your free T3 and Free T4 levels? I would never recommend any start on cytomel without an FT3 test showing that levels are low. cytomel is a T3 med only and is about 4 times stronger than the T4 med. If your FT3 is low, that could indicate that you have a conversion problem (converting T4 to T3 for the body's use).
For instance, I'm on 10 mcg of generic T3 (same as <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span>) and I take a 5 mcg pill in the morning, with my T4 med and another 5 mcg pill around noon. That keeps me going all day.
Lastnight the medication bothered me so much I got out of bed drove over to the hospital was sitting at the counter and keeled over on the floor, I hit my head really hard on the ground and I was in such pain for awhile but it subsided and went away. They took blood and cat scan and xrays and I didn't damage my head thank God. I'm scared to take my medication today till I can get some anxiety pill so I have to wait for phone call from Doctor. Going through a rough time.
I felt good for a week off it and then I went down hill fast. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>anxiety</span> and depression have come back. I'm now taking Lexapro with my Synthroid and I dont think it's helping. I asked my Endo if she could put me back on cytomel but she said I would feel good for a few months and thn not so great. I'm going to see a new endo thought so I would not take her word for it.
Also, what, if any, symptoms do you have? 25 mcg <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> at one time seems like a very high dosage, but it would depend on your FT3 and FT4 levels.
When I take it I get head pain in my temples, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>anxiety</span>, my toes itch or tingle, I feel sluggish and depressed. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> is the only drug that seem to have few side effects, my headaches are gone and my depression has some what lifted. I take 15 mg of cytomel and I'm now down to 25 of synthroid. I just switched from 50 mcg of levo because it makes my feet itch. My levels are: Tsh .67 T4 .72 T3 3.02 Any info will help Thanks!
Hello, I am new to this forum and very pleased to have found it. I was put on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> for low thyroid function in April. Since then, @5mcg 5x?day, my T3 rose and my T4 fell, so I was reduced to 5mcg qid. Still had sky high T3 and low T4. 2 weeks ago my hairdresser informed me of much hairloss at my temples and around hairline, but more thyroid type loss pattern than estrogen. So my Dr. is pulling me off cytomel, I had already been reduced to 5cg qid, AM temp 97.2-97.
Why are you switching if the doctor wants to add T3 in addition to Synthroid?
Thank you all. You are of course right. I took my first and last dose of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> Friday morning. And when I experienced a 4 hour terror ride again, I stopped everything cold turkey. Now I'm going through what I believe to be accute withdrawl. The only thing worse than the drugs, after less than two months, is being without them. I thought of weening, but at such a low dose it wasn't really possible. I was experience anxiety when cutting Synthroids 25mcg in half.
I am taking propafenone 150 twice/day for heart arrythmias. You warned me off <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> becasue of this and my age, 81.. Now I find several researcher or doctor opinions that i I could take it at minimal dose and constant blood tests. All levels have been within the range for eight months now but with T4 at the high end and FT3 and T3 at the low end. How about 5 Cyto and reducing levo by 20??? I'll try anything to get out of ten intermittent days a month sick.
I have been back and forth to dr and ER and no answeres....constant <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>anxiety</span>, panic attacks, heart racing, but temperature below normal always cold.....this is a nightmare and no one seems to know what to do....told me to stop taking cytomel completely cause i was over medicated cause I don't have a thyroid and I was hyper....thryoid removed 10 yrs ago no problems until now...after a couple days felt better now its been a week and its all back again and its constant....
You will also become depressed and develop <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>anxiety</span>. And sweat a lot. I'm NOT telling you to stop your medications. I'm telling you to talk to a doctor about how this is going to affect your thyroid hormones, and because of that, your metabolism. I'm not a psychiatrist or a psychologist or an MD, but giving you a medication that WILL mess up your thyroid hormones seems counter productive. I may be wrong, so don't get all upset.
com) which contains theanine (which is found in green tea) and GABA (an amino acid) and greatly reduces <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>anxiety</span>. I also take about 1 1/3 of a phosphatidylserine capsule. It helps to keep cortisol levels in check. Some folks find that ashwaghanda (an adaptogen) helps their adrenals (I couldn't take it because it tried to tease out T3 too soon in the healing process). Isocort made me terribly jittery. Gotu Kola is a nervine that I have used a couple of times. 5HTP is great for sleep as well.
After the last hospitalization in January she began having <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>anxiety</span> attacks and still had fatigue, joint and bone aches and also head pressure and aches. Her TSH has been around .1-.15. She was on 150 synthroid. Her doctor recently put her on 112 syn. and 10 cytomel(2x a day). Her anxiety has worsened dramatically. She wakes up in panic attacks every morning. Is taking Xanax and starting paxil tomorrow. Could she be in too much of a hyperthyroid state?
So we cut it to 2.5 twice daily, mostly only once a day. I found increased <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>anxiety</span>, insomnia and irritability somewhat tolerable, although uncomfortable and was striving to deal with this. But, after a month, I recently noticed a serious increase in weight (8 lbs and a full bra size larger ) and a swollen throat, with difficulty in real difficulty swollowing.
Ultimately, I realize I'm 100% in charge of my own health, I'm convinced that cytomel is the magic bullet for me, but I want to be in the safe ranges. Pre-<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> symptoms over the years I've exhibited / and frequently complained to my Primary Care Dr's / Psychiatrist / Neurologist /ENT / include: Exhaustion in every dimension–physical, mental, spiritual, emotional Inability to eat in the mornings-- No Appetite --I quite literally never "get hungry".
I'm understanding synthroid helps tsh, but don't know T4 and T3. I will try to split the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> again and see if it helps with the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>anxiety</span>. Also, my Doctor in the past doesn't see a BIG change between my levels from March to August. Clearly, I can see it and FEEL a big change. Again, I'm sensitive to any adjustments. Thanks for your help.
I had a TT a little over a year ago since then I have been on Synthroid every time I increase from 150mcg to 175mcg my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>anxiety</span> and heart palpiations go through the roof. Three weeks ago when I saw my Endo for my 3 month check-up she kept me on 150mcg and added cytomel 5mcg, she did all of these with TSH (3.0)lab results from October 2010 and said that we would check levels again in March, she never wants to check my T3 & T4 levels she and my family dr say that it is not needed.
Your doctor, however, should not have increased your levo, and put you on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span>, at the same time. It's customary to decrease levo by 20-25 mcg for every 5 mcg of T3 added. Since you needed an increase in the levo, you'd have been okay staying at 75 and adding the cytomel. Cardinal rule: NEVER make more than one change at a time!!!!
I still take it to help me out while my thyroid levels settle (just added <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span> and lowered my levo about a week ago because they suspect a possible conversion problem with the T4 properly converting to T3 since my second RAI earlier this year), but if I have to go out, I take a dose and a half just to keep me somewhat calm, yet I often find myself needing to sit down away from people after being out for a bit because I just feel my body and mind get overwhelmed.
I was a well adjusted smart person till i had a nodule they removed half my thyroid 13 years ago, synthryoid wasn't helping i got really depressed, ended up in the hospital. put on an antidepressant felt way better so thyroid removal can cause serious problems it did for me, i should have taken the iodine treatment. So i was told i will be on an antidepressant the rest of my life. I had a great doctor. So i lowered my synthroid to .50 and a small antideppresant and im fine and happy now.
When I was switched from cytomel to the generic I had a gradual deterioration of my previously good state and had symptoms of hyperthyroidism (dizzyness, heart palpitations, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>anxiety</span>, joint pain) even though the dosage remained the same. My prescription was 75 mcg. T4 and 25 mcg.T3. I made sure that the generic was from Mylan labs every time. My doctor cut the T3 dosage in half and I crashed...severe depression, edema and 15 lb. weight gain in 3 weeks, visual and cognitive problems.
These vary from lab to lab and must come from your own report. Labs from both, before and after the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cytomel</span>, would be great. There is no "normal" amount to be added to a specific amount of levo; as stated above the dosage would be dependent on your FT3/FT4 labs. Most of us are started out on a very small dose and increased as needed. 25 mcg is not a small dose. Did you take the whole 25 mcg cytomel all at once each day?
Take about 10 deep breaths, redirect your thoughts to something positive, and do something that makes you comfortable. Stress can make you feel that way, I have become really good a recognizing my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>anxiety</span> and reducing my stress and fears. I hope this helps. If you need to talk or vent I am here.
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