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A 49-year-old female asked:

i had my thyroid removed due to thyroid cancer. can't seem to get meds regulated. current dr. is questioning if my body is absorbing my medication?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Thyroid: Take the medicine first thing in the morning on empty stomach to make sure you don't have any interaction with other medicine or food. If you have problems regulating the level , perhaps you should ask your doctor if you need to be seen by an endocrinologist to help you.
Dr. Andrew Oswari
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Check T3 (liothyronine): Sometimes your body doesn't convert T4 (levothyroxine) into active t3. You may do better with a mixture is t4/t3 like wes-throid or Nature-Throid or just adding some Cytomel (liothyronine) to your regimen.
Dr. Philip Grieshaber
Pathology 12 years experience
I had a similar problem after my thyroid cancer. Adding T3 to my medications has helped, but I still experience problems. You may have to search around for an endocrinologist who will work with you. I've heard many stories from patients who had trouble post-thyroidectomy. I highly recommend thyca.org and their support groups for local information.
Jun 15, 2014

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