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Are you taking the thyroid medication known as Synthroid? By the way, the information we are about to talk about ALSO applies to levothyroxine!
If so, then you should be aware that there are a number of reasons why this medication may NOT be working for you in your body.
Levothyroxine and Synthroid are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States with levothyroxine making the #1 spot in 2016.
This means that there are a TON of people using these medications.
The problem with that is that most people using them are not actually getting the benefit of the medication for a number of issues.
We are going to talk about 5 REASONS that many people using Synthroid are NOT feeling well (and what you can do about it).
#1. Your dose.
The first, and probably most common, issue is that most people are simply taking an insufficient or low dose. If your dose is too low then you simply won’t feel any better. Thyroid medication is used to SUPPLEMENT low levels of thyroid hormone in your body. You MUST be using the right dose if you want to feel better and you are most likely underdosed if you basing your dosing off of your TSH.
It doesn’t matter if you are taking Synthroid or levothyroxine if it isn’t being absorbed into your body! You can take as much medication as you want but it’s ineffective unless it makes it through your intestinal lining. Many gut-related issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, the use of acid blockers, and gut inflammation can LIMIT this absorption.
If you have any of these issues be sure that you take care of them if you want your medication to be effective.
#3. Conversion issues.
Next is something called peripheral thyroid conversion. In order for your Synthroid to work, it MUST be converted into the ACTIVE thyroid hormone known as T3.
What people don’t realize is that up to 20% of the population has problems with this conversion process.
#4. The wrong medication.
There are some people in which Synthroid and levothyroxine simply will NOT work. This is because they can’t convert the medication or they need a medication with fewer fillers or dyes. Either way, you should understand that Synthroid may not be the answer you are looking for and there are MANY other thyroid medications available.
#5. You’re taking it wrong.
Lastly, and this goes back up to the absorption issue, many of you taking this medication may actually be taking it incorrectly. Taking Synthroid with food, or with your morning coffee, or with your morning supplements can ALL reduce absorption and render it ineffective.
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I’m Dr. Westin Childs and I focus on thyroid health, hormone balance, and weight loss. I write about thyroid disorders, weight loss, insulin resistance, estrogen/progesterone balance on my blog. I truly believe that hormone balance is the key to managing your weight, your mood and your quality of life which is why I’m so passionate about it.
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