Cytomel for depression

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I've just started 25 mg of Cytomel. It just about knocked me out for the day. My doctor has added this to help with my resisitant depression. I cut back to a 1/4 tablet and I still feel somewhat spacey. How long should I wait until I don't have that feeling? I'm on 150 mg. Synthroid.
I have been taking Synthroid for hypothyroidism. I have had OCD, depression, anxiety, and paranoia controlled with Zoloft, Wellbutrin, and Xanax. The meds work 90% of the time. Through collaboration with the MD and the psychiastist, I have recently been prescribed a combo therapy of Zoloft, Synthroid and Cytomel. My OCD, depression, anxiety, 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.
He did not touch the T4 despite the low level. Hopefully this will work for me as well. Thanks for your thoughts. Always appreciated. My question was just about the unusual jump from 5 to 25 by the manufacturer. I realize just add another but was curious about those who need more than 10. I guess 25 would be good if someone needs 50mcg a day.
I was taking 224 mcg of Synthroid daily to keep my tsh down but after a while I noticed I was having thought of suicide all the time. I was put on Cytomel and temporarily taken off Synthroid to get my tsh up for the purpose of a whole body scan and while on Cytomel I noticed that I felt much better and seemed to enjoy much more in life. It took some hassle and finally had to go to an Endocrinologist about 175 miles from my home but he put me on 224 mcg Synthroid and 50 mcg Cytomel daily.
you might try taking your Cytomel a little later in the morning, after you've had some food. Cytomel doesn't have the absorption issues that T4 meds have, so you don't have to take it on an empty stomach.
Hi everyone. Does anyone know if an regular m.d. will ever prescribe Cytomel? I went to my endo who monitored my nodules & he asked how I felt. I told him still pretty crappy. My tsh was down to .45 with still a low T4 (5.9), but my FREE T4 was 1.08. He explained away the low T4 to being my Thyroid Binding Globulin low & said I should only concern myself with Free T4's. Anyway, I am on two separate doses of Synthroid (162mcg.
I was placed on cytomel 5mcg 2x daily for depression as an adjunct to antidepressants. After awhile, it seemed to help but then really didn't notice much of a change. Went off it three weeks ago now acne, weight gain, bloating, and constipation. I was never diagnosed as hypothyroid but on this dose of cytomel my tsh came back at 1.7 my question is will my thyroid regain its ability to work or will I need cytomel lifelong now because my body may be dependent on it? I was on it for about 6 months.
Depression is a known symptom of low thyroid. Is it the only cause for depression? certainly not. But it is AWEFULLY coincidental that when you have half of your thyroid removed and you then become depressed that it would seem at least possible that the depression could be related to insufficient thyroid. T4 only does not work for everybody. But it is also possible that you simply were under medicated with the T4 only dosage.
I have been taking 75mg of Cytomel for 4 weeks now to help with my depression, I do not have a thyroid problem. I am alslo taking 300mg of Welbutron and 75 of Effexor. How do I know if it is working? I sweat allot, I and I am not losing any weight (doctor told me I would) Can anybody answer my question.
My question is whether having a very low free T4 is harmful when taking Cytomel? About a year ago I was started on Cytomel by my psychiatrist as an adjunct for resistant depression. I had my TSH tested in the past to screen for thryoid problems, but they had always been "normal" (lab range 0.27-4.20 mIU/mL, results = 2.61 in 2010 and 2.87 in 2013). The Cytomel worked really well for my depression and my energy increased.
Dr says she doesnt know what to do with me, great, so she put me on cytomel, told me it takes a month to kick in if it will work and come back in a month...Cytomel is for thyroid, ive had this checked repeatedly...why is she giving this to me? I was so hopeful she woul dhelp me, and i left their crying, im never going to feel better......
She feels I need depression meds. I stopped the 75mcg Tirosint for 10 days because I was having horrible insomnia and anxiety. I just started taking 50 mcg Tirosint and 5mcg Cytomel two days ago. I am so depressed right now. Does anyone have any recommendations or thoughts as to whether and when the cytomel with the Tirosint will help with the issues I'm having? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
I dont know whether synthroid can make you more fatigue . But you can try taking cytomel alone for a while for a change. Its only a suggestion.
If it wasn't for this community I would have never tried cytomel which helped. I will try to go slower. I can't take armour because of porcine. My religious beliefs won't allow it. Should I try thylor I think it's called. Also why was I sooooooo hungry when I went up on levothyroxine? I literally gained ten pounds. If I go slower will I not get so hungry? Let me know.
She did not prescribe it to me for having a thyroid problem, only for depression. My depression and energy levels improved greatly.....but still losing hair??? Why is this happening, and if I stay on it will it continue to happen? I would love to talk to an endocrinologist in my area about it, but I hear that most do not like Cytomel.
I am 6 mos post op (thyroidectomy) and I felt wonderful on Cytomel. The problem is my doctor switched me to Synthroid because he indicated Cytomel has a short half life and can cause "cardiac" side effects. In place of taking Prozac for depression, I was wondering why the doctor won't consider adding Cytomel to the Synthroid dosage so we can kill two birds with one stone.
I never had a problem with cytomel, it did help me with my depression. I am on the max of synthroid and for the past 13 mo, I have endured 19 surgeries and 5 life threatening infections. My thyroid levels are so bad and I have had so many horrible symptoms. I will tell you that I purchased 2 books that were so helpful, the Thyroid Solution and Thyroid and Depression, both books are fantastic. I also got Thyroid for Dummies, another good resource book.
hi, i hope you can answer this.. i've been taking anti-anxiety/depression meds for 14 years and the last 4 months i've had terrible problems with my medicine working. my dr. suggested i take cytomel with my medicine to see if it should help work. does anyone have any feeback i would greatly appreciate it. i'm also on 50 m. of synthroid for 2 1/2 years and when i went up to 75 it made me more anxious... thanks i'm hanging in over here, but it's been a huge struggle and want my life back.
I have done lots of research and am reading alot about Cytomel. I need to find an Endo in NJ, who for one will check my T3 levels but also prescribe me Cytomel at least on a trial basis and see if my symptoms improve. Please help if you know of a well informed Endo in NJ because I really cant live my life with a diminished quality of life much longer. It is affecting all areas of my life.
thanks for your fast response, she did lower my levothyroxine from .75 to .50 and added .5 cytomel i take both in the am. I guess my confusion stems from them always telling me my levels were great and now reading these boards i can see everyone saying the same thing, they were still symptomatic with levels in the normal range. I am getting educated so i can get well...thanks again!
I've been on generic T3 med for nearly 2 yrs; I haven't noticed a difference between it and the brand cytomel, but I know that some people are very sensitive to fillers put in med. I buy all my meds at Publix and have found them to be competitive in price, but maybe I need to check again.
Actually, I trust the doc here to give you appropriate answers. Anyone treated for depression should be tested for hypothyroidism, of course. If their symptoms don't resolve, they can be retested in a few months. There are also a list of other disorders that might be worthwhile checking. The areas where I am definitely not knowledgeable (and the doc would be) are the other endocrine issues that can also contribute to mood issues.
aline123, I do know of studies where Cytomel has been an adjunct treatment to depression. Actually, a Psychiatrist will prescribe VERY HIGH doses (it if treats the depression). Here's one Study. http://www.psycheducation.org/thyroid/treatment.htm FYI--What I did to find an ENDO that prescribes Cytomel, is asked a Pharmacist.
I know exactly what you are talking about and it's not fun. Please have someone watch you for signs of depression - it hit me hard. You have a great attitude though and that will get you through it! Prncsstoo2: I'm so sorry about your mother. She will help you get through this though and so will we. Everyone: I guess it's a good thing all of us are spread all around the world - could you imagine it if we were all in the same place at the same time.
I am wondering if any one else gets shoulder blade and neck muscles constricting (drawn up so tight and can't get them to relax) while taking Cytomel as well, not being able to sleep good, shortness of breathe too? I had to cut my pill in half to take only half of a 5 mcg. pill. My doc wanted me to take 2 x 5 mcg - I can't or at least I need to titrate very SLOWLY?
I am hypothyroid/ Hashi's. I have been on 75mcg or Levothyroxine for about 6 months now and still feel pretty crappy and not myself (major fatigue, dry skin/hair, hair loss, anger managment, some depression, adult acne, chest pains and a whole host of respitory and esophageal issues) . I just had a thyroid panel done again although my TSH is 2.2 my FT3 is still on the very low end of the normal range.
One theory is that FT3 and RT3 compete for docking space in cell receptors, and RT3 can block FT3 from getting in. How long did you try Cytomel for? How much were you taking? Same questions for Armour.
I just recently started taking cytomel after having my thyroid removed and I also take yaz for birth control. Does cytomel change the effectiveness of my birth control?
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