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What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow ? Avoid what foods?

What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow ? Avoid what foods?

Iodine good.: foods from the sea have iodine good. ones that bind up iodine bad (these are all the healthy broccoli family foods like broccoli, kale, cabbage). Just have more good than bad and don't do silly amounts of either ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Whats a better hypothyroid medicine. cytomel (liothyronine) or levothyroxin? i am on levothyroxin but heard it only raises t4 and not t3

Whats a better hypothyroid medicine. cytomel (liothyronine) or levothyroxin? i am on levothyroxin but heard it only raises t4 and not t3

Hypothyroid: Relax! Just make sure that you are taking the correct dose of Levothyroxin. As you begin thyroid medicine, you should have your doctor check your T4 every month or so until you and the doctor are convinced that your levels are OK. Won't take long to decide. ...Read more

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What are efffects and results of cytomel (liothyronine) for hypothyroid?

What are efffects and results of cytomel (liothyronine) for hypothyroid?

Short-acting T3 (liothyronine): Cytomel (liothyronine) is the trade name for tri-iodothyronine, (t3). It is considered the active form of thyroid hormone, although all cells can convert T4 (the predominant product of the thyroid gland) into t3. Can be used to replace thyroid hormone, but it is short-lived. This means it must be taken multple times a day, and gives levels which are constantly going up and down (not ideal, hard to adjust). ...Read more

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Anyone been on cytomel (liothyronine) for hypothyroid for a length of time and ok?

Anyone been on cytomel (liothyronine) for hypothyroid for a length of time and ok?

No: Your thyroid makes 90%t4, and a minimal amount of t3. Cytomel (liothyronine) is T3 and is a rapid form of thyroid medicine. It clears your system in a few hours. T4 has a half life of 7d just like your thyroid hormone. Best thyroid replacement is t4. T3 is supplemented if liver conversion is poor or you lack deiodinase. You will not feel well on T3 replacement since you are always running out. T4 is long acting. ...Read more

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43 yo healthy F, thyroidectomy 2012, on Synthroid (thyroxine) & Cytomel with continued hypothyroid symptoms. Would like to try Naturethroid. Will dr consider rx?

43 yo healthy F, thyroidectomy 2012, on Synthroid (thyroxine) & Cytomel with continued hypothyroid symptoms. Would like to try Naturethroid. Will dr consider rx?

Of course: B"sd Naturethyroid and Armour thyroid are made of dessicated livestock thyroid - I believe manufactured at the same facility. Accordingly, they contain the mix of thryoid hormones found in barns and pastures and have a bit more T3 - cytomel, (liothyronine) relative to T4-synthroid. Much more convenient than split does replacement, but on the other hand allow for less flexible dosing plan s. Glad to discuss ...Read more

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Dear sir, I have hypothyroidism I take 100mcg of T4. Still I spent 4 months, but I have depression. Can I cytomel (liothyronine)?

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Cytomel (liothyronine): Is a synthetic version of T3, (liothyronine) used for low thyroid and for depression. You are already taking T4, so talk to your doctor first. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to iodine. I am hashi hypothyroid. Can only take brand Synthroid (thyroxine) & cytomel. But when taken together I have a severe allergic reaction.

I'm allergic to iodine. I am hashi hypothyroid. Can only take brand Synthroid (thyroxine) & cytomel. But when taken together I have a severe allergic reaction.

Check w/Pharmacist: If you mean taking the two pills at the same time causes a reaction, but taking either one by itself does not, then you could try taking them several hours apart (like one w/bkfst and other w/dinner). If that fails, will need to talk to endocrinologist to see if can manage on one agent. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroid symptoms be fast heart rate and insomnia? Will adding cytomel to Synthroid (thyroxine) help?

Maybe hyperthyroid: Hyperthyroidism (too much circulating thyroid hormone) will often produce rapid heart rate and insomnia - along with other symptoms like diarrhea, weight loss, and jitteriness. Low thyroid may cause weight gain, sluggishness, coarse/dry skin, and constipation. Ask your care provider about your symptoms. Please do not "freelance" with Cytomel or synthroid, (thyroxine) as this may harm you! lgromko md. ...Read more

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Hypothyroid & hashimoto's, always bloated, can't lose weight. On Synthroid (thyroxine) & small amount of cytomel. How do I reduce bloating & lose at least 10 lbs?

Hypothyroid & hashimoto's, always bloated, can't lose weight. On Synthroid (thyroxine) & small amount of cytomel. How do I reduce bloating & lose at least 10 lbs?

Diet and exercise: If your thyroid hormone and TSH levels are normal than you just have to do what the rest of the world does to lose weight. Do not increase thyroid replacement - that weight loss is muscle, not fat. ...Read more

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Can you get hypothyroid symptoms from low levels of t3 (liothyronine) only? Would this be treated?

Doubtful: The T3 (liothyronine) test is not as reliable as the free T4 test and it is not rare to see patients with somewhat low or high T3 (liothyronine) levels whose thyroid is working properly. If your total or free T4 and your TSH are normal I would not be concerned about your T3 (liothyronine). We mainly treat when TSH is elevated. ...Read more

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