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T3 medications are becoming more common due to the positive results they have on most patients.
In fact, when T4 medications do not work and patients still have symptoms, the first thing to do is to try T3 medications.
But, how should You take it?
There are two options:
You can opt for combining it with T4 medications (most used strategy), or
You can only take T3 medications (least used)
*Remember: before changing and/or adding any medications You must consult Your doctor. Thyroid medications, if not taken properly, can have severe side effects.
Regardless of the strategy You and Your doctor opt for, dosages come in 5mcg, 25mcg or 50mcg.
Usually, the best way is to start with the lowest dosage.
Moreover, T3 only medications are also known as Immediate Release T3 medications.
What do we mean when we say Immediate Release T3 medications?
It means that these medications are immediately working in your body. So, as You as You take the medication, Your body will immediately receive the benefits.
For this reason, we usually suggest splitting the dosage throughout the day. If You take 5mcg, by splitting the dosage, You will take 2.5mcg in the morning and 2.5mcg in the evening.
But what if You experience:
Sensitivity to heat
Rapid heart rate
Hair loss (usually subsides over 3-6 months and is temporary)*
These are usually the most common side effects of T3 only medications.
What can You do?
Take the medication with meals
Decrease the dosage
If symptoms persist try Sustained release T3 medications
*If You suffer from thyroid diseases, hair loss is a common issue. Make sure You check iron levels, supplement choline, biotin and silicon.
What else can You do to make sure You are taking the right dosage?
Apart from Your symptoms getting better, You should monitor Your TSH, total T3, reverse T3, free T4 and T3.
If You still have symptoms despite the use of T3 medications, then it is time to check Your adrenal glands via cortisol testing.
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