Levothyroxine and iodine supplements

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Avatar m tn From looking on the internet, I now realise that this was absolutely the wrong thing to do (especially the kelp) and that you should never mix levothyroxine and iodine supplementation. I've now stopped both the multivitamin and the kelp, but I'm really, really worried that the sudden massive intake of iodine for six weeks will have totally murdered my thyroid.
Avatar m tn I think there is some confusion about iodine in Levo. Levothyroxine doesn't contain "added" iodine. The T4 in Levo is a molecule of tyrosine (an amino acid - the T) with 4 iodine atoms attached (the 4). When already taking the 200 mcg of Levo, I can't see why you need the iodine supplement. What symptoms do you have? What are your thyroid related test results and reference ranges shown on the lab report?
Avatar n tn There is no natural way to shrink the nodules...unless you are iodine deficient - then supplementation may help. If you take iodine supplements, it is important to monitor thyroid function to ensure it is not altered. FNA biopsy of any larger (>1-1.5cm) or suspicious (on ultrasound) nodule may also need to be considered.
Avatar f tn Hi im 18 and im currently on levothyroxine 50mcg i was wondering if i could take quercetin/bromelain supplement (it helps imflamation) i was wondering does levothyroxine interact with any vitamins or supplements?
Avatar n tn So if this has been a consistent state of affairs and a thyroid uptake has been done and is elevated, RAI is a good and safe solution -- much better than having a stroke from atrial fibrillation due to untreated hyperthyroidism.
Avatar n tn Iodine supplements will not likely help shrink the goiter. If there are compressive symptoms (trouble swallowing, hoarse voice, cough, choking) then attempts to shrink the goiter are indicated. Ultrasound would help identify if there is any nodule that needs FNA biopsy as part of the consideration Options would then be I-131 (radioactive iodine treatment) which sometimes can shrink goiter even in Hashi....OR surgery to remove the thyroid.
Avatar f tn All thyroid meds are made of iodide or iodine (I can't remember which) and are converted into iodine. That's what the T4 and T3 mean, it's how much iodide/iodine are in them.
Avatar f tn Also, what about progesterone supplements? Could that help with the hypothyroid symptoms? Iodine supplements? Please help. The frustration of it all has me in tears nearly every day. And yes, I do exercise and eat right every day (no weight loss--5''7" & 165lbs.--but it does help keep the depression from getting too bad.
Avatar f tn My b12 was normal but in the past it was low and I've taken supplements. My iron saturation is low so at one point I was told to take iron which bothers my ibs symptoms. I have constipation already. I've thought about going to an internist/naturalist in my area and may end up doing that. I will post the results of my labs Monday when I talk to the nurse.
Avatar n tn Iodine and tyrosine are essential components of thyroid hormones and selenium, zinc and vitamins A, C and D are involved in thyroid hormone synthesis and metabolism.
1063764 tn?1272824664 I started taking these supplements, and within a week, my BP/pulse is slowly creeping back up, and the joint pains are gone. Yes, I know it could aggravate things, but I'm intune with my body and i know when it's time to stop or start taking something. The bottle actually recommends 2 a day, but I only take one as I don't want things to go into ''overdrive''. Anyway, with anything and everything, what works for one, may not work for another.
Avatar n tn Almost all the oddities began AFTER I started taking levothyroxine, and yet overall, it has seemed to me that I was deteriorating rapidly into unwellness anyway, and levothyroxine has been a good thing...but oh, the ups and downs have been something else again. AppleJacs, I am glad that you have a physician you trust, and I am glad that she has referred you to an endocrinologist.
Avatar f tn First I was given 25 mcg of levothyroxine. At the moment I am 9 weeks pregnant and according to my laboratory results from 5th week (TSH 1.77 and fT4 14.71 (normal ranges 13.77-24.25) my dose of levothyroxine was doubled to 50 mcg. I would like to ask wheter I can or should take also some iodine supplements. If yes, what dose are recommended (I do not take prenatal multivitamin, only single vitamins adviced by my doctors, such as folates, B6, B12, selenium, zinc, vitamin D, DHA).
Avatar n tn I feel like damned if you do start the treatment and damned if you don't which isn't a good feeling. I've also been reading about using kelp and other supplements via a natural MD and trying to get your thyroid healthy that way. Has anyone ever done that successfully? It sounds too good to be true.
2055874 tn?1330534053 I actually feel better taking these supplements then I do the levothyroxine. I'm going off this med and I'll see if the supplements alone help because my thyroid is struggling from the lack of to begin with. Readers, look up Gloria Gilbere. She has done some amazing research on the thyroid and she treated hers with natural supplements.
1018470 tn?1251337123 Pray she will put her on it....I am thinking equal to what she is on (125 mcg Levothyroxine) and give it a week and see how she feels, then possibly titrate up 1/4 grain for a week or two? Have her labs done (TSH, FT3, FT4 & RT3). I am going to get to the bottom of why I can't get all the labs, when I know they've done them? The doc's office will not like me tomorrow, yet once again.....good grief! I just know she has the RT3 problem too!
Avatar n tn When I stopped taking my levothyroxine after about 4 weeks I had debilitating problems with depression and anxiety and hypertension. I cried all the time, felt usless and worthless, stayed in bed, had no desire to eat, watch tv, read, go out and I had sever panic attacks..with dr instructions U have restarted my med and it has been 6 weeks and my recovery is slow...I still dont feel like myself and I am still not going out or eating or doing normal house chores..
Avatar f tn hi i wondered if anyone can help i had a tt in aug 2006 and am on a supressive dose of levothyroxine 150mg, however i still feel sluggish a lot of the time still have slight brain fog cant lose weight and wondered if i could have trouble converting t4 to t3 as we dont get tested for t3 in the uk i wondered if anyone knew if supplements worked once your thyroid was gone i have read about a condition called wilsons syndrome and it suggested a mix of iodine and selenium supplements would help but
Avatar n tn I have no thyroid and I have wondered about iodine supplements also. I just started taking iodine. I recently read that thyroid problems can be caused by iodine deficiencies in the first place. So people with thyroid problems are very likely to have iodine deficiencies. Even though my thyroid was removed, I thought that it probably didn't change the fact that I had an iodine deficiency and that the iodine was needed for more than just my thyroid.
Avatar m tn If there are any people here who had grave's disease and have gone through the radioactive iodine therapy I would appreciate thoughts and opinions. are you feeling normal? are there fluctuations in levels of TSH/T3/T4? Thankfuly, Aviad.
Avatar f tn in addition to my levothyroxine. I will be taking cytomel with the levo and am wondering if I should stop this supplement. It has iodine, selenium, tyrosine (all which help convert thyroid hormones). It also has adrenal support. Is it really necessary if I am adding Cytomel?
Avatar m tn Most importantly, vitamin D requires and 'uses up' magnesium to convert from supplements or sun into its active form in the blood. As such, it is a big mistake to simply take large doses of Vitamin D without taking the need for magnesium into consideration. Yet this is exactly what is happening in most cases and it is causing a lot of people to have problems that they believe are due to side effects of Vitamin D- or even worse they believe they are experiencing an overdose.
Avatar n tn Iron can decrease the absorption and efficacy of levothyroxine. It is recommended that levothyroxine and iron doses be separated by at least two hours. Calcium may decrease the actions of levothyroxinelevothyroxine by preventing proper absorption. Take 4 to 6 hours after levothyroxine. Fiber decreases absorption of levothyroxine Fasting increases absorption of levothyroxine. Take as far away as possible from levothyroxine. Supplements should be taken hours away from levothyroxine.
Avatar f tn And I am not sure how much is too much iodine, I found that levothyroxine (or synthroid) has 100mcg of iodine, and the RDA outline says the average human should get 150mcg a day. Though again, not sure at what point above the 150mcg would be considered "too much or excess" I did find though, that Armour, a substitute drug for synthroid only has 30.2 mcg of iodine.
Avatar n tn You may need levothyroxine medication. the iodine in a pre-natal vitamin should be adequate and I would not recommend any supplements.
Avatar n tn ), do not take any calcium- or iron-containing foods or supplements within four hours of taking the levothyroxine. This means avoiding milk and yoghurt – two classic breakfast foods. It also means avoiding eggs and baked beans, which are surprisingly high in iron. (But eggs are also rich in iodine, so they are a brilliant food to pick for lunch, once you've safely converted any thyroxine tablets from T4 to T3).
Avatar f tn We're all very individual, and Person A can start Synthroid and have RT3 go up, while Person B's will go down and it will have absolutely no effect on Person C's. Has your doctor offered any alternative besides Synthroid?
215021 tn?1224886057 **First, it’s easier, as you don’t have to worry about when to eat breakfast. **Second, it’s easier to avoid medications, supplements and foods, like calcium, iron, and high-fiber foods that can interfere with thyroid medication absorption. **Third, it might offer some improvement in symptoms to people who are just not getting optimal absorption by taking thyroid medication during the day.
Avatar m tn I am borderline, TSH between 3-5 and I have tried generic synthroid, (gave me severe joint pain all over my body) armour (elevated blood pressure) and then brand synthroid (joint pain in fingers only, increase in ADD symptoms) and even though the brand synthroid 25mcg improved my energy for awhile, that effect is decreasing and I have gained weight in my stomach area which I noticed within 3 weeks of taking it.