Taking cytomel with synthroid

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Sorry I missed this post -- I agree with Fuel1212. You could split it and take one with your synthroid and one at noon, or even later, but depending on your bed time, I wouldn't take it after 3:00 pm, or you might not be able to sleep.
Since my last post, medication has been adjust several times, and additional tests taken. I was at 112 mcg Synthroid/20 Cytomel. Then, we reduced to 88 mcg Synthroid/10 mcg Cytomel. These reductions affected only the t3 readings, (by 50%-understandabley), while the t4 and tsh remained steady at 0.01 throughout all the adjustments. The most recent decision was to up the Cytomel to 24 mcg and reduce the Synthroid to 50 mcg.
Don't compare Cytomel to Zoloft - the are two seperate meds from way seperate med families. Cytomel is a synthetic T3 to aid you with your Synthroid on the conversion process with the T4. Zoloft XR is an antidepressant I know that when you body is chemically balanced as you are describing since taking the Cytomel and Zoloft your anxiety/depresssion will lift. as for OCD that is a label of an illness and I can not see why you would not benefit from your meds in helping that condition also.
I was taking synthyroid and cytomel until my blood work came back with TSH .007. The doc took me off the cytomel and I loved how I felt on it. I would talk with your doc and see if you can take in the afternoon instead of together. I hope it works for you.
Most people take their first half dose of Cytomel along with their Synthroid in the morning. One does not interfere with the absorption of the other. However, Cytomel is very fast acting, and most of us find that we have to split the dose and take the second half dose around noon to early afternoon (not too late or sleep could be effected). Cytomel doesn't have to be taken on an empty stomach like Synthroid does.
I had a total thyroidectomy in October. I am currently taking 112mcg of synthroid. Although my blood work is where the dr wants it to be I cant seem to lose the 15lbs I have gained & everytime I eat my stomach becomes extremely bloated. I have even been asked when I am due! I weighed 120 before surgery & 135 now. I have been reading a lot about Cytomel. What is the criteria for adding Cytomel? Why are some pt's on it & some not?
I am currently alternating 75 mcg with 88 mcg levo and still on the 5 mcg cytomel. I've read that synthroid/levo should be lowered by about 25 mcg for each 5 mcg cytomel added. So your synthroid was not lowered nearly enough to add 25 mcg cytomel. Are you taking the whole 25 mcg cytomel at one time or splitting it throughout the day?
Has anyone tried taking Cytomel in addition to their Synthroid? I've been taking Synthroid for about a year now, and still don't feel right. I would love to try Armour, but it's completely unavailable, so I was wondering if anyone has had any good (or bad) results with taking both Cytomel and Synthroid?
I recently added Cytomel to my Synthroid. Previously, I was taking Synthroid 112mcg 6 x weekly. Dr. reduced to 88 mcg, 7 x and Cytomel 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.
I'm on cytomel also - 5 mcg. normally, cytomel is split into 2-3 doses, however, with only 5 mcg, splitting it would only give you 2.5 mcg/dose and I'm not sure that would do much good for you.
I was sent home from the hospital on the 24th and sent home with a prescription for cytomel 25mcg.. The first day I took it that night I started getting gitters when I was trying to go to sleep. I started getting very restless and scared. 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 take my first dose of Cytomel in the morning with my synthroid and wait an hour before eating or taking other vitamins. I take my second dose at 2:30pm.
It made me feel better (fatigue and brain fog gone), but I became hyper one year later. My TSH was .419. I thought trying the Cytomel again with a TSH of 1.4 would work with an adjustment to the unithroid. And truthfully I feel lousy at 1.4. I felt better at .669 but when the Cytomel was added I jumped to .419 one year later. Probably just increasing the unithroid (or going back to 125mcg of unithroid would be a healthier solution. I don't want to end up with heart problems. Thanks again!
I had some questions for you guys regarding cytomel. I am taking straight cytomel. I am on about 12 MCG at this point. I have been slowly building. My ears have been ringing like crazy but i dont have the weird buzzing/neuropothy feeling i had before when taking synthroid and tirosint. I am assuming and hoping that my body will adjust, but can a person Just take cytomel forever? Is this healthy? I dose it throughout the day. I take it in very small amounts either 1.25 or 2.5.
The synthroid (t4) is usually lowered when one starts cytomel -- there is no proven benefit of combining T4 and T3 -- if you feel better with it and the level of TSH is not too low (<0.3 usually) then it may be reasonable, but if not then there is no clear role for routine use of cytomel with a slightly low free T3 level. T3 levels fluctuate during the day so interpret labs w/ caution. TSH remains the best reflection of appropriate dosing.
Now after going back on Synthroid my doctor feels that my Free T3's are on the low side of low 236 and is putting me on 100 Synthroid from 137 and 10 mcg of Cytomel my question is because this is a t3 issue is the reason I am not producing Free T3 levels due to RT3 or that I and is my pain going to come back what causes this? my T4 level was .39 and I am a Thyca survivor that just wants to get back to normal.
I think that maybe my liver isn't processing the T4 into T3 as it should. My doctor has finally added cytomel. She reduced the synthroid from 100mcg to 88mcg and added 5 mcg of cytomel 2x daily. I have quit gaining weight and feel I have a little more energy, but still far from my normal. She has agreed to raise the cytomel now to 10 mcg twice daily. Why is she so hesitant to add the cytomel and what would you suggest.
i take cytomel in the morning with my synthroid--and also again the afternoon. does cytomel have to be taken an our after synthroid? never heard that but just read that here? also i am getting different information about whether cytomel can be taken with food, or on an empty stomach. also i am on yaz birth control, which i take several hours after my cytomel--is that ok? please help.
I'm taking synthroid in the morning and Cytomel in the afternoon. Should I be taking the Iodoral with either one of them or separately?
My doc is now thinking I am not absorbing so he gave me cytomel.....He said start with 10 mg...it only comes in 5....should I start with 2 5 mgs. or 1 when i wake up and one in mid morning like i have been reading about. I am losing my hair...dry skin...brittle nails....freezing feet. HELP...... i am also on estrace...testosterone creme (from compounding pharmacy) and progesterone capsules from compounding pharmacy...I had a hysterectomy 13 years ago...i am 63 years old.
Hi, I have a lot of experience with cytomel. I "feel" 5 mcg when I take it after lunch each day. You can experiment with taking 2.5 with your synthroid in am and then 2.5, 6 hours later. This is how I started my cytomel and for me I felt I needed more in the afternoon, since that is when I crash. Dont forget to get a free t3 level with your labs so that you can see if you are in the upper range.
I have a horrible tingling and cannot even run around my kitchen due to it. I was taking Cytomel with it as well. I am taking Synthroid .175 MCG now and still have that tingling/burning sensation. I do not take Cytomel with it. My Endo said nope, levels may be too high still. Yes, you can take it with Synthroid or the other Levothyroxine. It tricks your body into thinking you are on a higher dose of meds when actually you are not.
In the last year I went to the endo, who given how I was feeling gave me 1.12 of synthroid and the smallest dose of cytomel, and I am on seasonique. I had only been through one pack of the seasonique at this time with no bleeding/spotting. Once I started the cytomel, the spotting started again. The endo told me I should try a half dose of the cytomel. That made no difference. Now she told me to quit the cytomel and see if that helps. Now I am getting a light period.....
Maybe he wants to see how you go on Cytomel. And yes it is correct that T3 supplements can cause hyper and arrythmias. It all depends on the dosage and the person in particular. Some do great on Cytomel..some dont. Take the T4 med for 4-6 weeks...check to see if the T4 is converting to T3 and if not, then ask for Cytomel too. Maybe your labs showed your T3 too high and your T4 a fraction low??? What was your last labs?
I am still experiencing the same symptoms but I don't want to stop taking the cytomel in combination with the synthroid because i used to take synthroid 112 alone and I did not see any improvements on my symptoms. Any suggestions?
I started Synthroid June 16. I take the Cytomel in one dose 4 hours after taking the Synthroid.
I am taking 75 to 100 mcg of cytomel daily and achieving a free T3 level of 3.6, well within normal limits. That number will spike within an hour of taking 25 mcg, so it's recommended that you have the test done before taking medicine in the morning. In April 2012, I was Dx with elevated reverse T3., mine was 863, almost triple the normal upper limit. Many Endos resist considering the impact. I ceased supplementation and still had an elevated rT3/T3 ratio.
Free T3 levels must be checked regularly, along with TSH and Free T4, when taking cytomel. Cytomel is usually not recommended unless you have a conversion problem or for some other reason, your Free T3 is out of line. In addition, you should constantly be aware of any symptoms that might indicate that you are taking too much. Oldie - I, too, have heard that cytomel should not be used by persons with heart issues.
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