Cytomel vs levothyroxine

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Avatar f tn I take 88 mcg Synthroid and 15mcg Cytomel daily (I take 5 mcg Cytomel 3x a day to equal 15mcg daily.) I'm doing well on this dose. My endo said that he thinks it would be fine if I switched to generic liothyronine. Brand name Cytomel is crazy expensive! He says that almost all his patients have switched to it with no problems. He does not recommend generic levothyroxine though.
280485 tn?1249017444 I was on 137mcg Levothyroxine and 25mcg Cytomel. He perscribed 175 mcg Synthroid, and of course, I am to discontinue the Cytomel. Are the two meds Levo and Synthroid, similar as far as how much you need? Or should I anticipate a big difference in how I feel tomorrow and the next few days? And, I guess I'm wondering if this is going to take weeks to ramp up and just a wild a#@! guess that will need several "tweekings"?
Avatar f tn I do know that I'm on the generic levothyroxine and doing much better than I did with synthroid. I was on 10 mcg cytomel, took 5 mcg with my levo when I get up at 3:30 am, the other 5 mcg around 10:00 am, and I found that helped me make it through the day. I did have to cut back to just 5 mcg/day because I started having heart palps.....I still take my levo when I get up at 3:30 am, but wait with the cytomel until around 7:00 am, since that's about when I need a good boost.
Avatar f tn Honestly, I think you mean to poll whether someone is on a brand name vs. a generic. Synthroid is levothyroxine; so really your first two choices are the same thing. All synthetic replacement hormone meds are called levothyroxine. From there it breaks down to generic levothyroxines and brand named levothyroxines. One of those brands is called Synthroid. Some other brands are Levoxyl; Levothroid; Unithroid. I hope you don’t think I’m jumping on your case. It is all…like stupid confusing.
Avatar f tn I've been on generic levothyroxine, along with cytomel since January and although I still have some symptoms, I feel SO much better than I did on synthroid. That's not to say synthroid wouldn't have eventually helped me to feel better, though - I believe my pcp was the problem there as he refused to consider any labs other than TSH and Free T4, then kept dropping my dosage based ONLY on TSH, in spite of the fact that my Free T4 was at the very bottom of the range or even sometimes below it.
Avatar f tn There are different schools of thought on the cytomel vs Armour issue. Some people do well only on Armour (or other desiccated), others of us do just as well on cytomel or generic T3. I've been on generic T3 for nearly 4 yrs and doing well with it. Armour contains much more T3 than your body normally produces. You may or may not need that much. The decision is pretty much a matter of personal preference.
Avatar m tn I have been on Levothyroxine since 2005, had my thyroid removed due to cancer. I no longer have health insurance. I haven't felt "normal" since then. I was taking 200 mcg a day and my TSH was as low as .012 and the doctors felt this was fine. I have cut the dose to 1/2 pill a day and started to feel better, I was hyper for so long the change was huge. I decided to try not taking any levo and went way hypo, TSH went to 177.
1139187 tn?1355710247 I would stick to splitting 5 mcg of cytomel only... do Not increase your cytomel on your own as it can cause an arythmia from too much. T3 is too potent to just increase 5 mcg at a time on your own. It is like upping your Tirosint 20 mcg at a time! I have been on Cytomel for a long time now and also take Tirosint. I was the first one here taking Tirosint and then Barb joined me. (HI Barb!) I now take 150 mcg Tirosint and 25 mcg Cytomel.
Avatar n tn Needless to say my surgeon started me out on cytomel then to levothyroxine the generic same as you and when my endo found out he changed immediately to brand name- i am now on levoxyl 150mcg. and it does NOT affect me @ at all. The onlt symptoms I notice now are when I need an increase. I'm not sure why but my endo says generic is not as good as brand name and he does not prescribe it. I hope this helps in some way.
Avatar n tn I tried Levoxyl after that and then switched back to where I started on Levothyroxine + Cytomel. It works for me. Took me forever to get rid of the joint pain from the Synthroid, but it's finally gone and I'm back to "normal". At least as normal as one can be having no thryoid. As far as the generic vs. name brand... Synthroid is the "newly branded" of the bunch. Synthroid reps tout that they are more "standardized" and that their pills are all consistant.
929504 tn?1332589534 To my surprise synthetic did the trick. I'm currently taking both Levothyroxine and Cytomel and things are working out great. I do like (as others have pointed out) that your T3 and T4 meds can be tweaked as needed where as NDT's you can't. There are those who are on NDT who supplement a T4 if needed my doctor was not open to this option though which is why I'm on a synthetic regrets. As one doctor I recently watched had said, "don't get caught up with the synthetic vs.
Avatar f tn What are your actual, current, thyroid levels? Please include reference ranges, since those vary lab to lab and have to come from your own report. There are 2 ways to calculate the dosage of desiccated vs synthetic. Dessicated has 38 mcg T4 and 9 mcg T3 per grain, so if you'd raised your desiccated according that, ahmee's calculation would be correct, and would seem logical; however, according to the conversion charts, 1.
566103 tn?1228389367 If you do have a conversion problem and Armour does not appeal to you, there is also synthetic T3, called Cytomel. Some people take a combination of Levothyroxine and Cytomel. Most people are able to take a levothyroxine product and convert T4 to T3 properly. This is actually the best approach if it will work for you. Taking a T4 drug allows for a more even release of T3.
Avatar n tn Armour is one alternative to the standared levothyroxine -- another would be to add T3 (cytomel) to the levothyroxine. There is not good data to support T4/T3 combo therapy, but some patients feel better w/ it and as long as the levels (TSH) stay w/in target range (about 0.3-2.5) and there are no heart palpitations, etc --then the combo may be appropriate.
Avatar f tn I was wondering if there is any benefit to staying on just Cytomel for RAI vs. going ahead and starting Synthroid. I will be doing the Thyrogen shots and my doc prescribed Cytomel after surgery. Now that I am doing Thyrogen I have been told that I can start taking my Synthroid if I wanted to but I was curious if there is any reason that the RAI would work better if I just stay on Cytomel since Cytomel leaves your system faster.
Avatar n tn I was prescribed Armour and then Levothyroxine. I felt a little better on the Armour, so I switched back on my own. My Antithyroglobulin Ab is 150. I am making antibodies against the pig thyroid. I also have MS and was told that synthetic medication would aggrevate the disease. I am getting a little confused because I am still having hypo- symptoms such as abdominal weight gain and dry skin and hair. Should I switch back to the levothyroxine even though I see no change in my symptoms?
1018470 tn?1251337123 I'm wondering if I could get to advice as to how much Naturthroid to start verses my Levothyroxine. I have looked up the conversion from Naturthroid's website, but everyone says to go slow. I just had blood work done last Thursday (2-28-13). I haven't gotten the lab report yet, but hoping I will from my doctor's office today. I know I'm probably asking to soon before you have my new labs, but I am wanting to get some good advice .
1139187 tn?1355710247 Hey everyone I have a question. I have been on levothyroxine for a couple months and still have terrible ringing in my ears. I have read everywhere that Armour is better (or could be better). If this is the case, then how come when I ask all three of my endos (moe, larry and curly) they all tell me that I do not need to take armour?
Avatar n tn form of thyroid hormone, and as such, basically circulates in your body until needed. People split T3 meds (Cytomel) because T3 is the "active" form of the thyroid hormone and is quickly neutralized in your body if not used promptly. When did you last have labs? Do you have your free T3, free T4 and TSH from those? Your weight gain and exhaustion suggest that your meds are probably not adjusted properly. It sounds like you're still hypo.
Avatar n tn If a person is sensitive they might have a reaction from the inactive ingredients or dyes from any of the brands, as well as Levothyroixne, Armour, Cytomel or the equivalent. The FDA has determined that generic Levothyroxine and brand-name Synthroid and Levoxyl are equivalent. The FDA requires all drugs, both brand-names and their generic counterparts, to be proven safe and effective.
Avatar f tn Another option is a synthetic T3/T4 combination (e.g. levothyroxine and Cytomel). Since these are separate tablets, the T3/T4 balance is adjustable for you individually. Do you have the results and reference ranges from your recent labs? Ranges vary from lab to lab so have to come from your own lab report. As I said, this is a very complicated subject, and I've barely touched on it because I don't want to overwhelm you with too much information.
Avatar n tn I had been taking 125mcg of Levoxyl and feeling good, but my tsh was 0.005. The new endo said (to cut it short) sometimes people do better on Synthroid vs. Levoxyl so she wanted to try me on it for 2mths. I have been on various dosage of Levoxyl, and either my levels would be too high or too low, and I would feel terrible. My question is, is there really a difference between the two. She changed the brand but the dosage is the same.
Avatar f tn I was just looking over her most recent blood work, and decided to search the Internet for the meanings of some of the tests. I came across the T3 vs. T4 and TSH discussions on several sites; never knew there were all of those components. In reading some of the symptoms of low T3 levels(difficulty losing weight despite daily exercise, always cold, headaches, sinus issues, etc.), almost every one is applicable to my wife, and has been for a long time.
456333 tn?1206976813 Alot of you posted to me early on about trying a different brand and you were right! I started out on 50mcg generic levo. My doctor wrote levothyroxine and didn't specify a brand on the rx. That entire first week I felt for 8 or 9 hours a day like I was drugged, in a fog like state and I felt a little ill, I would get an overall weak feeling that would come and go for a few minutes at a time throughout the day.
Avatar n tn With T3 it is harder to manage finding that right dose, and it also is much more dangerous to overdo. Cytomel may decrease T4 and if labs are done before cytomel dose, it will make the T3 look low as well.. Armour has slightly more T3 relative to T4 than the human body produces Influx of T3 (Armour has a 4:1 ratio of T4 to T3 while the human body is more like 9:1) will accelerate heart rate and cause defibrillation. It's not the Armour per se--it's the T3.
927452 tn?1244209282 Then after starting just levothyroxine, I went to 36, then 27...but after upping me I went UP in TSH to 130...I do have brain fog, cold, hair falling out, and am exhausted. Didn't KNOW at all that i couldn't take calcium or iron within 4 hours of thryoid meds til 2 days ago. And was in hospital because my calcium dropped to dangerously low levels (gbs patient as well), and was in there 10 days. Can anyone help me? I feel like my cancer is coming back.