Newly Diagnosed

I have hypothyroidism and just found out in march of this year. My doctor started me on the generic version of Synthroid-50mcg and I was feeling better for awhile but for the past 2 or 3 weeks  I've been waking up in the morning feeling horrible, but 30-45 min after taking the medicine start to feel better, then it wears off about 8pm and I feel horrible again. I went thursday and my doctor said she's putting me on the name brand Synthroid and see if this helps. Well this morning I took my first dose and felt the same way I did back in march when I took thyroid meds for the first time! Crazy I know, I've slept most of the day today because I've felt so bad, anyone else have this problem with generic vs. name brand? Btw she also checked my TSH, T3 & T4 levels thursday and they came back normal. I'm not sure what's going on but hope to feel better soon!

Carol
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4 Responses Jul 17, 2010

After about nine months of mine working great, I started having symptoms again. I was able to figure out that the sweet-n-low that i had started using in my coffee was keeping me for absorbing the medicine properly. sweet-n-low has calcium in it and that is a problem. Also, a friend of mine was taking her multivitamin within an hour of taking her synthroid. The iron in the vitamin was keeping her from absorbing it. <br />
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What works best for me is this. I take my synthroid first thing in the morning with coffee. I use sugar or xylitol or splenda. I do not eat anything for an hour. I do not use anything with calcium or iron for at least three to four hours.<br />
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Some doctors forget to tell you to take it on an empty stomach and not eat for at least an hour. <br />
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So, it may help to check to see if any of your eating habits have changed since the time that your medication seemed to be working well. If so, try changing back to what you were doing back then.<br />
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Hope this helps.

I feel like my levothyroxine doesnt work!

I guess everyone is different. Last year I switched to generic because I'm a cheap ***, lol, and haven't noticed a difference.

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